Last moments of O and A-level exam preparation tips

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Last moments of O and A-level exam preparation tips

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I was one of them, to be serious only during the last week of every examinations in my career, only studying at the eleventh hour and entering the exam hall with panic and low pressure physically. Though I came out with a pretty handsome results on all over my educational level. I do follow few different tactics for my preparations before my scheduled exams which always helped me to score more than the average marking range, but I always consider myself of being a quick learner and confident on whatever task I deal within a short period of time. Exams could be a daunting time for even the most diligent of students.  For those of you who always neglected the textbooks all through the year, exams turn into a nightmare for them. It becomes a race to see how fast you can cram a year’s worth of syllabus and gets the maximum better result from it for the examination. With the International board exams around the corner, there are many of us probably doing the same. During a time of such intense exam pressure, we first need to realize that studying for 12 hours a day is not something very healthy and we perform the aspect very rarely, if ever, adapt yourself to doing something like that to get something as the best. What is most effective is studying with full concentration in small pockets and taking short breaks in between. This is very much effective on my case for study. Our focus should not be on how long we do studied but on how much we studied and practiced and is able to answer from that portion.


What do you need to know? Perhaps the first number tip for exam success is knowing what is included on the syllabus, listing it up would be half the success for your results. Lecturers and teachers alike will have a basic set of aims and objectives they are required to ensure their students achieve. Find out what you are supposed to know and revise accordingly. There are few general questions that will always be seen for evaluating a student. Study smaller quantities of syllabus at a time instead of taking on huge portions or take breaks in between if you are emerged to the eleventh hour. If you hurry with all the chapters you haven’t yet covered, you will be able to memories very little of it for exam day. Please do not do this.



The optimal period of continuous study should be for 2 hours at a max, this is the calculation from my point of view. Each period of 2 hours can again be broken down into slots of 25 minutes of solid studying followed by 5 minutes of break. If you need to continue studying, take longer breaks of around 20 minutes after every 2 hours. This helps the stuffs to get into your brain. Your brain also required rest and time for consuming whatever you are putting into it. Time to get yourself organized. Even if, as the title of this article suggests, you are leaving your revision till the last minute – there’s still time to organize. Get into it. Sort the syllabus into a checklist and decide when, where and how you’re going to learn each point. Sketch up your revision timetable. Even if the exam is in a week, a few days, tomorrow, or this time you are reading my article. This will help to focus your learning.


Study material in a syllabus can be divided into core material and elaborate material. While core material consists of important principles, theorems, formula, important diagrams and graphs, elaborate material consists of examples, quotes, illustrations etc. As much as 80 per cent of the questions asked in an exam are likely to come from the core material. So, if you are struggling with unfinished syllabus, concentrate on the core material of the different subjects. Moreover, study the question patterns of the last few years and make sure you are not spending too much time on topics that are highly unlikely to be asked in the exam.



Before you schedule your study list for the day or the night before exam, we need to take account that the subjects we learn can be divided into three categories: Memory dependent subjects like Biology, History and Geography, which contain a lot of material that need to be mugged up for sitting for an exam. Problem solving subjects such as Mathematics and Physics. Interpretation based subjects such as English Literature and literature papers from other languages. For most effective studying, you should alternate between each category of subjects in a long study periods before your exam. Reading the chapters and highlighting important portions help a lot, but when you write down the important points you read in a piece of paper on a notebook, it helps you retain information even more. Read important points aloud and write them down after. This makes sure that you don’t just see the points, but you hear them and write them too. I used to follow this method, this has helped me a lot during my career, but we need an environment of pin drop silence on this occasion.



Stick a couple of chart papers on your wall and cupboards and write down dates, formula, shortcuts and tit-bits of important information that are very difficult to learn. Keeping these in front of your eyes all the time will help you lean them more easily than trying to mug them. Create flashcards for the difficult bits and carry them around. You can go through them while commuting, or standing in a queue somewhere. Keeping anything in mind with a scenario.



Most students stay up late till night to finish revising before exams. You need to remember that it is proper sleep that turns your short term memory-what you just studied, to long term memory-what you can recall sitting in the exam hall. So, sleep 7-8 hours every night to make sure all of your day’s studying is actually retained by your brain and eat well during the tenor, this is really very much important for your better preparation and upcoming results. There’s no denying that performing well in exams is important and can be an accessory to a successful future, but that’s all is an accessory. Not every success story performed well academically. If you find yourself confused over my article – take a deep breath and chill. This is a suggestion for you from my career experience. Have fun and best of luck for all your upcoming exams.


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