The final lap towards the year-end examination is a journey filled with challenges. The last few weeks prior to examination is the most crucial period of time. This is the time when students have to make sure that they run through the entire exam-related content at least twice. Students need to reinforce their memory by revisiting exam material as many times required and practice enough questions as well.
Tuition teachers in Singapore are huge proponents for timed practice, multiple revisions, and personalised teaching approach for students to see some progress.
Here are some tips for you to prepare well for final exams!
An exam schedule is the first and foremost thing that you need to create. This helps you visualise your study plan and look at the big picture. When you divvy up your syllabus content for those 2 months prior to exam, you can revise much more easily and there would be sufficient time to figure out what you know and do not know.
A schedule will also allow you to prioritise some topics or over others, which allows you to focus on your weaker areas a little more. Should there be no planning to being with, you will not be able to cover everything before the finals.
One thing to keep in mind is that it you may not be able to stick with the schedule strictly. This is not something to worry about; it is something that one should be aware about. The idea of an exam revision schedule is that one should try to follow it as closely as possible; but if circumstances do not allow this to happen, one should not feel bad about it.
Not all information is created equal. By the time exam nears, students need to be able to distinguish the important information from the less important ones. Some topics require more attention as it may contain more testable material. You need to discuss with your tuition teachers about which topics need more practice and your tutor will guide you in creating your exam revision schedule.
It is extremely important for you to have a balance in your life. Students often make the mistake of over working themselves which causes them to burn out. This is an unhealthy habit as it would cause you to perform much worse than what you are capable of.
You need to take adequate breaks and eat healthily in order to have a fresh mind to think with clarity. It is crucial to keep in mind that your brain has its limit and it can only absorb and internalise a certain amount of information per day.
Spaced repetition is one of the most useful tools for memory reinforcement. Our brains tend to forget information if we do not revisit it in spaced intervals. Some ways in which this can be done is through,
- Group discussions
- Teaching your peers
- Creating mind maps
- Explaining a concept to your tuition teacher
There are many ways in which memory reinforcement can be done. Every subject requires a different approach to encoding information in one’s mind. Tuition teachers know the best way in which this can be done!
DON’T BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL
Pulling an all-nighter is a horrible habit that many students have. This does no good at all; it only serves to damage students’ health, which ultimately affects their performance in examinations. Poor sleep patterns will cause you to be tired while studying you might even doze off during the exam!
You need to get that REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, as it contributes to memory consolidation and rejuvenation of one’s mind. You need to make sure that you get enough sleep, especially the night before your exam!