As much as you're dreading it, exams are nearing. Since everyone posts study tips or essentials, I've decided to give you five tips for when you're writing an exam.
1. Calm Down
As soon as you get the paper, don't look at the first question and freak out. Just breathe in, calm down, and tell yourself that you'll do fantastic. Then, take a look at the paper and start answering.
2. Easy Things First
I'm not sure if this works for everyone, but it's pretty useful for me. Read through all the questions (if there's enough time) first and answer the easiest ones before you attempt the harder ones which require more thinking. It's best to finish what you know and then move on to difficult questions so you have more time to answer them.
3. Picture The Scene
If you can't remember a particular date or formula, try thinking back to the time when you were studying it. Where were you seated? What sounds could be heard? What was around you? What did you taste and smell? Your brain will associate these thoughts with what you've learnt, so you'll most probably be able to recollect the answer.
4. Time Management
Don't spend ten minutes on a question that carries one mark. Work out how you'll spend your time wisely so you'll be able to finish the paper in the given time with a little time left to go over and recheck the paper. For example, if you have to do thirty questions in an hour, Give yourself one minute or less for each simple question, but two or three for the more complex ones that give you more marks.
Probably the best advice ever. Still, eat a good breakfast before the exam, or you'll feel drowsy, bloated, or sleepy. Nothing too heavy (not the time for oily, meaty foods) or too light (do you really think you'll survive on a single banana?
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