Wednesday, 20 January 2016

10 Ways to Prepare And Stay Focused During Exam Period

Most schools started examinations this week including our very own nasarawa state university that's why i decided to collect and present to you guys these study tips that will help you to prepare and stay focused during this exam period

1- Turn off and put away your mobile devices.

This step helps to ensure you remain focused throughout your studying, so turn off your devices. That includes your phone, TV, tablet, and even your computer (if you don’t need it). Physically put them away if necessary—you’ll be able to check Whatsapp and nsukgist later. Having your mobile devices nearby just means constant temptation to check your email, texts and social media.

2- Organize your study space.

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your smartphones out of sight?
Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence; for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.

3- Prepare your study materials before you start studying.

For the majority of students, studying is a chore. And like any chore, the last thing you want to do is make it harder than it needs to be. If you have to print out handouts, bookmark textbook pages, or ensure that all your pens actually have ink in them, do that before starting your study session. Ideally, have everything prepared the night before, or at least a few hours ahead of time. There’s no use in wasting time trying to find missing notes or locating a new highlighter in the middle of your studying.

4- Aim to begin studying at least one month in advance.

Don't always wait till exam periods before you start studying you need to start studying as soon as you attend your first lecture of the semester. Anybody that starts reading when the exam time table comes out is doing what i will call cramming and that's not good

5- Practice on old exams.

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.

6- Organize study groups with serious friends

Get together with friends for a study sessions, you may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

7- Take regular breaks

While you may think it's best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counter-productive. If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn't try and run 24 hours a day! Likewise studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks [nsukgist] really helps.
Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or if you're more productive at night-time, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening.

8- Know when to stop studying.

"Within 12 to 24 hours of the test, it's time to stop studying," "You're not going to learn a lot of new content. The likelihood is much higher that you're going to stress yourself out and confuse yourself. For the last minute studier, short notes can be a good resource. They can earn you a few more points on test day, and it's a much healthier thing to do than starting on page one of the textbook."

9- Get a good night’s sleep.

It may be tempting to cut back on sleep in order to make more time to study (hello all-nighters nsukgist), but according to several studies, this is counter-productive if staying focused is a priority. Drowsiness will only prevent you from absorbing information to the best of your ability. Try and get at least 7 hours of sleep per night to avoid suffering any academic shortfalls the next day—and to avoid falling asleep during your exam.

10- Plan your exam day.

Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don't know the way, or what you're supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time. If possible, do a test run of the trip; if not, write down clear directions.
Work out how long it will take to get there - then add on some extra time. You really don't want to arrive having had to run halfway or feeling frazzled from losing your way. You could also make plans to travel to the exam with friends or classmates, as long as you know they're likely to be punctual!

If you’ve got any special studying techniques, share them in the comments below!

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