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How to Prepare For Exams? Tips to Study Smarter

Team StoryWeavers|March 15, 2022, 18:27 IST|

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Exams can be a really stressful time as there is a lot of pressure on students to perform well. However, there’s nothing to worry about if you prepare well in advance and effectively. It is actually a myth that students should be studying 12 to 14 hours a day or more to get high scores, and it is not applicable in every situation. So let’s debunk that myth and work towards achieving the best scores in your exams. Here are a few to get you started.

Start your preparation early

Starting early is always good as it leaves you with an ample amount of time to revise everything you have already studied before the exam. Hence, try not to leave anything for the last moment and make sure you understand every topic included in your subjects thoroughly. You can also create a timetable to help manage your time effectively. First, you can take note of when your exams are and which subject is on which specific days. Then you can plan accordingly and devote the time required to each subject as some might require more time than others.

A study plan always helps

Before you start studying and pick up your books, first create a study plan.
It helps you to not only maintain a proper study schedule but also to get a clearer picture of what needs to be done and how much time you have left on your hands. Make a list of the subjects and topics, sort out which ones you need to study when, count the days left before the exam on a calendar and devote time to each subject strategically. Also, plan your breaks and leisure time. Following this plan will guide you throughout the exam season and save a lot of time and energy.

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Study in groups

This is one of the few tips that might have different results for different learners. For some, it will bring great results, exponentially improving their performance. For others, it might not always be as effective. What is group study basically? It is when students come together as a group to share knowledge, help each other study better, prepare for exams and get good grades together. Studying with your friends or your fellow classmates is also a great way to challenge yourself and keep moving forward towards your goal of achieving good marks in your exams. However, you should always make sure that you utilise the time well and not get distracted!

Solve previous year’s question papers

Once you finish studying the targeted syllabus or subjects, you should go through question papers from the previous years. It will not only make you realise how prepared you are for the exam but will also give you a chance to learn the nature and type of questions that have been asked over the years during the exams. You should also try timing yourself while you are solving the previous year’s papers.

Plan for your examination day

One of the last tips for preparation is the need to effectively plan your exam day. While you may have carefully planned your way to the big day, planning for that specific day is equally important. Having a mental picture of how you want the day to go will keep you at ease, help you stay calm. Start by identifying all the information you need for the day like your roll number, what to carry and more. Make sure you are familiar with the location. Finally, make a plan to reach before the exam time to avoid any last-minute stress and any kind of confusion.

Finally, you must consider what works best for you. Don’t hesitate to seek guidance from your mentors, seniors, parents and your teachers.

Do you have other tips that can help students prepare for exams better? Tell us in the comments below.

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Writing has always been Shreesha’s passion, be it for imparting knowledge or expressing opinions. In her former role as a journalist, she contributed to enriching society with knowledge. Now, at BYJU’S, she has moved on to something more exciting – creating tailor-made content for students. When she is not writing, you would find her looking for new ways to engage her child.

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