As the new session swings into full gear among universities across the country, it is best to start preparing for your exams effectively right from now.
And we have identified 3 salient ways to do this
- Plan for your Exams
Several studies have shown that using just about 1.04% of the 24 hours in a day to prepare and plan strategically for your exams can have up to 30% impact on your grades. When planning for how well you want to do in your exams, let the following questions guide you;
- How well do you want to perform in the exam?
- How important is your performance to you?
- Do you think you can achieve your desired performance?
- What type of questions do you expect to be set?
- How do you prepare for it effectively? (materials to study)
- Don’t lose Focus
Try not to get carried away. It is time to temporarily let go of those snapchat filters, that movie collection, resist the urge to check that vine thread and other things that may distract you.
As the popular saying goes, try to “Starve your distractions, feed your focus”. Focus on your books, materials and study groups, visit the library more, and of course, take time out to rest. One mistake a lot of students make is getting too worked up about exams and ending up with “brain overload”. Try to prevent this. As much as you are preparing for exams, do not let it overcome your every being. Just stay natural, be yourself and follow your exam prep plan.
- Broaden your Study Areas
Students who prepare for exams with different materials have shown to perform better by over 50% than those that study with only one material. This reiterates the fact that people who alternate between skills, topics and subjects learn better that those who don’t.
Lastly, do not hesitate to ask for help when needed. Reach out to your study groups, your class rep and even your professor when having problem in any part of a course. You can also use online platforms to answer your questions and seek explanations to challenging concepts.
In conclusion, if you have previously taken a class and you are not satisfied with your grade score; do not be afraid to retake that class. Although you may have to confirm with your school authorities on how that works, retaking a class and working hard to get a better grade (than the initial grade) will help boost your GPA.
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