“Examinations require 95% effort and 5% luck.”
The best way to get high grades on an exam is to consider the entire length of your course as a pre-exam, preparation period. Because courses can last a few months to a whole year, you may find it difficult to make the connection between your daily homework, periodic assignments, and your final exam.
We understand that with the growing number of distractions today, putting a student’s focus on the exam alone would be quite difficult. So we have decided to help, with these ten techniques that will help you do better and achieve higher grades in your exams.
1. Manage Your Time
We know that you have to update your account in Clash of Clans every now and then, you have to attend those after class gimmicks with your friends. However, you have to remember that you are still a student and you need to give your studies a significant part of your time. It would be great if you buy yourself a planner and create a daily schedule. That way, you’ll know when to spend time on leisure and when to sit down and study. This is a difficult task, especially if you’re a first timer, but then again, no one becomes successful by taking the easy path.
2. Make Reminders
There are a lot of ways to help yourself not forget the important dates. Put sticky notes on your drawers, notebooks, or even your laptop. Your phones have that feature too, so put that to good use. If you will be able to keep track of the things that you tend to forget (STUDIES), then you won’t have to panic come examination time. You probably have reminders about who among your friends will celebrate his or her birthday next, so why not make reminders for your studies?
3. Photocopy Those Hand Outs
These stapled pieces of paper were given to you for a purpose. It will help you review not only on your significant term exams, but also on your quizzes and recitations. Don’t be one of most students hate going out of the school just to photocopy the hand outs given by their teachers. Well if you think you’re so good at memorizing your lessons, then good for you. If not, stop the laziness, go out there and make a copy! You’re the one who’s going to benefit from this, and maybe your classmates too.
4. Spend Time in The Library
It is a place for you to study your lessons. Sure you can find the information you need faster when you go online, but to find a quiet place for your studies, that’s rare these days, and libraries can give that to you. Besides, what’s wrong with reading the old-fashioned books? They’re still more educational than Facebook. Students, for some reason, don’t like libraries because the traditional books are already no match for the information people get from the internet. However, there is a reason why libraries continue to exist in schools despite the constant technological developments.
5. Make Studying a Fun Activity with Your Friends
We all know that when friends are together, studies are often the least priority. Don’t join the trend, change it. Since you tend to hang out with your friends, why not take your bonding moments to the next level and study together for a change? It’s a win-win situation for you, because not only would you be able to spend time with your friends, you’d also be able to help them study and perform better in class. After all, friendships are supposed to be that way. You should be one of the reasons to lift them up, not drag them down.
6. Listen Attentively to Your Professors
There’s this old saying that says, “If you can’t love the professor, love the subject.” True enough. Maximize your time inside the classroom by learning as many things as possible, even from the teachers that you don’t like. Besides, this could be a training ground for you. We’re pretty sure that most of you, dear students, hate at least one of your professors, and your perception towards him or her affects your performance in class. While you might think that it is reasonable to just avoid listening to them because you don’t like them, it’s not.
7. Go to Class Everyday
If you really want to pass not just your exams, but your subjects in general, attend classes regularly. Most of your lessons are discussed inside the classroom and being absent wouldn’t help you in the future. In addition, the world famous ‘pointers to review’ are also being given during class hours, so you better not miss that, or else you wouldn’t know where to start studying. Besides, your parents are paying for your tuition so you could go to class. Be honest.
8. Always Check Your Notes on a Daily Basis
Before going to sleep, before going to school, during your free periods, whenever you think is the best time for you to scan your notes, do it. It helps because by doing this daily, you become more familiar with your lessons, you’ll feel less pressured when the exams are near, and you’ll be able to be comfortable during the exams, knowing that you have a better chance of passing it with flying colors.
9. Be Responsible
If you think that you’re ready just because you’ve read a couple of techniques, you’re wrong. In order for you to survive your exams and studies in general, you have to be responsible. Being responsible is more than just studying, reviewing, and following all these tips. Being responsible requires you to do all these things on a constant basis, not just during the exams. Being responsible means knowing and fulfilling your role as a student. Being responsible is thinking about a bright future, and doing all the things necessary to achieve it.
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