Tips And Tricks To Help You Pass Your Exams
Here are some of the best tips and tricks to passing your exams. If you want tips such as “manage your time” and “study every night at 7pm” then you have come to the wrong place. Here are some tips that both dig out your psychological blocks, help you overcome bad exam-revision habits and even points out the elusive obvious.
The whole sleeping thing
You are going to read a lot of articles on this subject and they are going to tell you to get lots of sleep before your exams. But, this is not going to be enough. You need to get into a good and structured sleeping pattern at least one week before your exams. You need to get your body and mind used to the idea of going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time. Do this for at least a week and you will find yourself more alert and less nervous during your exams.
Practice running out of time
Nervousness before a test is due to the time limit (nothing else). If you were told you had 2 years to complete the exam and that you can come back every day to continue it, then you would not be nervous at all. That is why you need to remove your psychological block (for want of a better term), and you can do it based on an idea from the movie “Fight Club.”
In the movie, the applicants are told to go out and start a fight, but the stipulation is that they have to lose. This was to remove their fear of fighting by practicing actually losing. It is similar to facing your fear in that it drastically reduces your anxiety about the outcome because you know what the outcome is.
Practice some mock tests, but purposefully forget about the time limit. Take your time and be brave when you do it. Put the idea in your mind that you “are” going to run out of time, and as an extra slap at being brave, you can purposefully refuse to answer the last question, even if you have plenty of time left. Do this when you practice and you will notice how much you can get done when you take it slow. Your test anxiety will melt away when you realize the clock is not even a factor in your performance.
Write your own guides to textbook chapters
Have you seen those books you can buy that come as a companion to your textbooks? They are often shorter summary guides of certain principles that you can study once you have actually read your textbooks. They tend to use bullet points for facts instead of textbook pages.
What you need to do is write your own version of a guide for each textbook chapter. Do this as if you were going to have it published like those companion guides you can buy for your textbooks. Doing this helps you learn the content because we learn a lot faster and more diligently if we have to repackage the information to teach others. It is true that if you want to become an expert at something that you should start teaching it (sounds like a paradox doesn’t it?). For some reason our minds are far more likely to retain information if we are using that information to teach others.
If there is no negative marking then USE it
The best example of this was a kid that wrote out a joke answer for every test question and underneath put the correct answer. His teacher was furious, as you can tell by the test because his brother went and posted his marked essay online. The kid scored a solid A on the test (100 out of 100), even though half the time he had spent coming up with funny answers.
If you are not going to be negatively marked for an answer (i.e. you cannot lose points for getting it wrong), then write out the answer in as many different ways as you like and give as many answers as you think may be correct. You can even transition into your answer so that it looks as if you are being comprehensive instead of hedging your bets. For example, you can start each question with, “There are numerous answers to this question” and then list out all the answers you think are correct.
If you can lose marks for wrong answers, then this is not the way to go, it also doesn’t work so well with math questions, but even then it can work. If you have a math question and you think there are two answers, then put the one you think is correct first (showing your working), then draw a line and add your second answer with the working. Still, try this with your math paper on your mock exams to see your teacher’s response before trying it for real in your math exams.