The memory is still clear in my mind. I am asleep and then I am suddenly unable to breathe. I feel two fingers firmly pinching my nose. I wake up in a panic to see my father’s towering figure standing by my bed. “Wake up. It’s time to read,” he says and walks out of the room. It is 4:00a.m. I get out of bed reluctantly. I’m definitely not going back to sleep.
Some of you might be able to relate to me, waking up in the wee hours of morning to study. There are different extremes we’ve had to go to just to ensure we get a good grade. Sometimes we do achieve our goals, other times we fall short. How can we maximize on time to ensure we are as prepared as can be right before exams?
1. Organize your study space.
Ensure you have enough space to lay out your books and write your short notes. Do you have optimum lighting to study in? Do you have all the stationery you may need? Pens, highlighters, books, notepads?
If you need complete silence to study, ensure you are in an environment where you can have that. If you study better with background music ensure you have your music playlist ready. Got that in place? Good on to the next thing.
2. Give yourself ample time to study.
Human beings are diverse beings and have different concentration spans. Ensure your set timetable does not work against you. If your concentration span is 1 hour per subject don’t push to study the same subject for 2 hours non-stop. Some subjects may need more time than others, however, ensure your timetable has a fair balance.
Also try and find your optimum study hours. You may study best early in the morning or late at night or maybe for you it doesn’t matter what time you study. However, strive to study at the time when you are able to grasp most of the content you have.
3. Go through past papers.
This helps you get used to the different formats of questions and how to answer them. You may be surprised to know that examiners are sometimes repetitive and going through past papers will definitely work to your advantage. This is not just cramming the answers but also knowing why and how you got the answer you did. Past papers help you read broadly and cover different topics within a shorter time span.
4. Take regular breaks and eat well.
My mother once woke me up to study and made me a mug of coffee to help me stay awake. Despite her efforts to help me keep awake I went straight back to sleep and needless to say got late to school that day. I should have simply told her that I was too tired to study that morning and taken a break.
Rest helps boost your memory and retention rate. Inasmuch as exams may be staring straight in your face with a menacing grin it is important to ensure you rest enough so as to be able to study effectively.
It is also important to eat well-balanced meals and drink water so as to keep your energy levels up. Reduce on snacks and eat brain food such as Yoghurt, fish, nuts and bananas among others.
5. Finally, do your best and let God do the rest.
With those few study tips I hope preparing for exams will be a more joyous process. Remember you may study for hours and achieve minimal results if you do not have the proper studying techniques.
Author: Joyce Ndinda | Date Created2016-05-13 07:30:06 | Comments: 0