On your marks…

Published on November 7th, 2012
On your marks...

It comes around every year, twice a year and you would think that we would all be masters at getting prepared for exams by now but no every year feels like the first time. That is probably because the work is new every year, it is the next level and it comes with more challenges. Do the following, and you will find yourself facing your exam with calm and confidence.

Get your exam timetable
The first thing to do to get ready for exams is to know when you are writing and what subject. Putting up a calendar on the wall of your room will help you plan your study time better. You will also be able to see at a glance which subjects will need you to spend more time studying. You can also plan your relaxing time here.

Check if your notes are up to date
Spend an hour or so comparing class notes with your friends to make sure you have covered everything and you are not missing a section of the work. Do this early to give yourself time to catch up in case you are missing something.

Ask your teacher for tips
Your teacher wants you to pass as much as you do. So, if you have any questions or you are unclear on what to study, ask your teacher. Your will teacher will welcome an enthusiastic student who wants to do well. Ask your teacher for exam tips and the scope on what work will be covered in the exams. In most cases, teachers are happy to give you an overall view of how the exam will be structured. Do not go empty handed, have a few questions prepared to ask the teacher.

Check and ready your exam equipment
There is nothing as stressful as realizing just before your exam that your trusted pen has finally run out of ink. Stressing about a pen or pencil or calculator just before writing will cause you to panic and mess up your thought process. This will result in you forgetting everything you have learnt. So, prepare an exam stationary case that will have everything you will need in any exam situation – 2 pens, 2 sharp pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a ruler, the maths set with a compass, a calculator and tipex.

Eat right, exercise and get enough sleep
Eating the right foods will give you the energy boost you need to study for longer. So cut down on the sugary stuff and increase on fruits, protein and carbs. A run or walk for 30mins daily will also help decrease your stress levels and help clear your mind in preparation for studying. Finally, make sure you get enough rest so you are not too tired to study the next day or during your exam.