10 Tips to Drive Out Exam Phobia
If you are one of the many people who gets stressed out when it comes to taking exams then we have a few tips for you that will help you to overcome this and concentrating on achieving good grades.
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1. LOCATION , LOCATION , LOCATION…
If you’re serious about getting work done, find a place that is relatively free of distractions. Establish guidelines with roommates for quiet times or use the libraries, study rooms, or empty classrooms.
2. MAKE IT A HABIT: WORK EVERY DAY
Avoid all-night cram sessions in which you (unsuccessfully) try to understand and retain large amounts of information. Spend time on your studies each day, and you can stay on top of your courses and still have time for fun. Use small blocks of time – you’ll be amazed what you can get done between study sessions.
3. HELP EXISTS! SEEK IT OUT AND IMPROVE YOUR GRADES
Whether you’re an ‘A’ student or a ‘D’ student, you can strengthen your learning skills. Whenever a doubt crops up get it cleared. Never hesitate to ask for help from your teachers/parents.
4. WRITE IT DOWN
Remember important dates. It’s up to you to remember due dates for sending applications and test dates. A wall calendar of important dates is also a good idea.
5. GET ENERGIZED – EAT, EXERCISE, SLEEP
Not understanding? Trouble remembering? Comprehension and memory are affected by stress and fatigue. When you’re hungry, tense, or tired your brain can’t function at its full potential. It’s especially crucial to eat well, exercise, and get adequate sleep during exam periods.
6. BE A KEENER : GO TO CLASS PREPARED AND TAKE GOOD NOTES
Don’t fall into the habit of missing class. Someone else’s notes aren’t going to be as good as having gone to the lecture yourself.
In class, listen for emphasis and examples. Take a thorough set of notes; you’ll be thankful at test time.
7. LECTURES AND TEXTBOOKS: WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?
Many unsuccessful students see a course as “a lot of stuff to memorize.” School/College learning requires understanding how pieces of information fit together to form a “BIG picture.”Use course outlines, tables of content, headings and subheadings to organize the information in each of your courses. Routinely ask yourself, “What’s the purpose of this detail?”and Does it make sense?
8. DO SOMETHING (ANYTHING!) TO REMEMBER KEY INFORMATION
Capture your understanding of course material in an active way. Generate examples, create mnemonics, make summary notes, identify key words, highlight textbooks or add margin notes. Be creative and interested and you’ll certainly do good at test time. Also no matter how well you understand something, without practice some forgetting will occur. Before a test, make sure that you can recall important information from memory. Self-test by recalling information without looking at notes or textbooks and by doing practice exams if available.
9. BE TEST SMART
Don’t lose marks because of test-writing errors such as misreading a question or running out of time. Also, carefully read instructions, budget time to marks, and do less difficult questions first to build confidence.
10. GET A MENTOR
And finally have a mentor– someone you know who has succeeded in Exam. It can even be your mother, father, brother or teacher. Idolize your mentor and keep asking him for advice. Run to him when you have a problem. He can act as a single source of motivation and problem solver for you.
At the end, once exams are over, don’t forget to reward yourself. The reward gives you the break you deserve after all of your studying. Treating yourself also helps you stop thinking about the test and analyzing every little mistake you may have made.