Sometimes learners fail in their examinations not because they have never come across what is being tested, but because of poor examination preparation techniques. Preparing for an exam is time-consuming and sometimes stressful. However, with right techniques, it becomes much enjoyable. In this article, I will take you through some of the best ways on how to prepare for an exam.
How to Prepare for an upcoming Exam
Do revisions early
Preparing for an exam should begin much earlier before the due day. It is hard to read and understand a lot of materials in just one night and expect to have awesome results. That will not be reading but rather cramming, which is dangerous. Reading to understand is the most important thing. Therefore, consider starting your revision earlier before the test, at least, a week before the paper. However continuous revision will keep you in a much better position to handle your exam.
Do practice questions
Some subjects such mathematics needs a lot of practice in order to master the formulas and know how to apply them. Therefore, practice doing your homework questions and extra question from revision texts. Re-do the questions that you did not score right or you did not understand and see what went wrong. By so doing, you will have enough courage to handle an exam. Revise past test papers. Note that practice makes perfect.
Organize you revision
Organization is a must when it comes to preparing for an exam. You need to know what topic to revise/review, when to revise it, and the method to use to achieve that revision; could be a group discussion or even a laboratory analysis. Therefore, make yourself a timetable that outlines your daily schedule, topics to review.
It is much important to gauge the progress of your revision. You need to know whether you are making progress and whether you fit for an exam. Therefore, after serious revision, group discussion with friends, a laboratory analysis, you need to test yourself by taking a simple quiz to test the knowledge that you have covered. You can ask your friend to set a test for you from the topic that you have reviewed. Also, you can use revision questions that under a certain topic. Do the quiz, compare answers, rate yourself and improve where necessary.
Get enough sleep
When preparing to take an exam, your mind needs to be sober. Enough sleep will make your mind relax and get ready for an examination. Note that, tests are designed to make you think. Therefore, if you are deprived of enough sleep, you will not be in a better position to remember any of the information that you crammed into your brain. Have at least seven hours of sleep a night for an exam.
By knowing how to prepare for an exam, the issues of panicking, absconding exams, and low grades will not be a problem again. The above tips will help you improve your examination score.