The moment exams are round the corner, the young brigade forget how to enjoy life, watch movies or indulge in their favourite sports. All that they can think is how to overcome their exam pressure.
Here are tips to study hard and study smarter.
Be a Good Listener
Whether, you are being tutored by your parents, teachers or tuition masters, make sure you are all ears to them even if your attention is shifting. You can tell your teacher to give your short breaks to freshen up or meal break perhaps to perk you up.
Attend All Classes
Students must always attend as many lectures as they can. Also students must learn to sit in front of the classroom. This way the students are more likely to pay attention and pick up faster from the lecturer, lest you end up getting distracted, day dreaming or even falling asleep.
Students must learn to make a note of vital things that the teachers might be dictating. Paying attention to and jotting down the detailed outline of lessons makes up for the last minute cramming and tension. Make sure you have a good assignment book or register to take note of all the points to remember.
Students must learn to re-write the lecture notes. So it is advisable to revise and organize the notes after reaching home. Tread, recall and summarize your lessons, this way students tend to remember the fresh lessons for longer, perhaps even until the exam time.
Set Your Own Pace
Many students prefer to study during the early morning or late night hours. This is the time when you are away from distractions and noise pollution of any kind. So if this is how you like to study then simply place an alarm clock next to your bed, and tune yourself to study at the odd hours. Therefore, study at the time that works best for you!
Use Smart Skills
Use symbols, diagrams, pictures, short letters to remember the long and confusing sentences or lessons. This is the best and easiest way to remember your lessons well. Make sure the formulas have been memorized well, instead of memorizing the entire mathematical sum. Sometimes using a different colored pen also helps tremendously, as one ends up remembering the big, bold letters in hues of red, blue or black.
Attend Mock Tests
Make sure you attend mock tests at least a month prior to your exams, they help you prepare well. They help you realize how much of the course you have covered well and how much more hard work needs to be put into the subject.
Plan your weekly study period. Chalk out a time table which includes your study time allotted to each of your subjects and assignments. This way you are not lost in time.
Take short breaks, you could go for long walks to memorize your lessons. You could go cycling, listen to your favourite music and play a game of chess to perhaps help you de-stress and freshen up your mind during the interval.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and eat healthy food to keep your mind alert, focused and happy. Steer clear of junk food before and during the exams, lest you end up with acne, constipation, stomach upset and the works.