All my younger friends ask me how to study for exams. What are the best tricks to getting great results? So I thought I would start this blog site to share them so they may help many and not just a few!
Where to start…
Well there maybe someone that has no time left and is about to sit there exams tomorrow…so lets help them prepare for that as a starting point.
To get great results you have to be prepared and here are some tips to help you.
There is no magic bullet that is going to get you great results but if you follow these it will prepare you for getting through the exam questions in an orderly and calm manner.
So you’ve come all the way and tomorrow is finally the moment of truth, the day of the exam. At this stage you have studied almost all that you can study to be 100% ready. You have been planning, revising and studying and so there is little more you can do.
However hard you studied prior to the exams, the most important work is yet to be done. Regardless of how much you have studied, it is possible that your exam performance may not reflect your hard work studying for hours on end. Here are a few tips to maximise your performance on the day of the exam.
Exam Tip #1 Wake up early so that you do not need to rush through having breakfast and getting ready.
Exam Tip #2 Check the venue and time of the exam to make sure that you have not confused the day/time/venue.
Exam Tip #3 Have a balanced breakfast and eat nothing risky. Bananas are always a good option.
Exam Tip #4 Before leaving home, check that you have everything that you will need like ID, stationery, map to the exam venue, pens etc.
Exam Tip #5 Head to the exam with plenty of time. A lot of unexpected events can happen on your way there and you do not want to be late!
Exam Tip #6 If there are people around who are panicking, avoid them. They are not doing you any favour. You need to have a calm mind so meditating in a quiet place is a good idea.
Exam Tip #7 Go to the toilet before the exam starts. Exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.
Exam Tip #8 Remember to write your name on the exam paper. You would not believe how many people have forgotten to do this basic thing.
Exam Tip #9 Read all the questions carefully before starting and quickly plan how much time to allocate to each.
Exam Tip #10 Start answering the questions that you feel most confident about. There is no need to answer the questions in order.
Exam Tip #11 If your brain freezes, just start writing anything on a question you understand and you will soon start remembering more details.
Exam Tip #12 Don’t spend more time than you planned on a particular question or section. You might run out of time to answer other questions and gain those extra marks your require to pass. Also, leave any questions that you are unsure about for completing at the end if you have time.
Exam Tip #13 Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner if you are not clear on any question or aspect of the exam.
Exam Tip #14 Use every minute of the exam and if you have time left, review your answers before handing back the paper. Its surprising the things you see when you do this.
Exam Tip #15 Stay calm, you have done your homework and have the allotted time to get everything out and onto the exam paper!
Here are some more ‘sitting exam tips’ I found …no harm in reading some similar advice and some new!
1/ Check you know when and where the examinations are being held. Then check again to ensure you have the right time, place and exam room location. Turn up in plenty of time: if you’re late, apart from getting some seriously unhappy comments about you disturbing others, you will also lose time settling down and will need to catch up.
2/ Make sure that you have several pens, a ruler and a watch. The clocks are not always easily visible and supervisors will not necessarily have spare pens. If you are prone to stress headaches, you may wish to carry some pain killers as well.
3/ Take time to read the paper, especially the instructions. Many have done four questions instead of three, because she didn’t read the instructions. Its also just as bad the other way round. Plan your paper, not simply each question.
4/ Come to the examination able to answer at least 50% of your course competently. A broad knowledge will give you more confidence in your answers and make you better able to make choices. Don’t try to spot questions. You may be right in the topic, but the question may be phrased in a way not suited to the answer you have prepared.
5/ The more you drink, the more likely it is that you will need to go to the toilet. Consider whether you are really likely to be dehydrated in three hours and whether you can afford the time to maybe queue.
6/ Time your questions and aim to finish the whole paper. Allow time to check your paper over as well. The examiner can only mark what is there.
7/ Be considerate of your fellow examinees. Take quiet food and wear quiet clothing. I still bear unreasonable animus against a clog-wearer (she dropped one twice and spent the rest of the time swinging it from her foot, just in my peripheral vision) and a serial cruncher of Murray Mints.
8/ If something goes wrong — if you’re ill, if the bus breaks down, or whatever — and can’t get to the examination, telephone the department office as soon as possible, in fact immediately after you have phoned the doctor/police/tutor. Then we can get the paperwork under way, for which we will need evidence (med certs, adviser’s letter, police report).
9/ Once the exam is over, resist the temptation to dissect it. First, your recollections of it will be inaccurate and second, it’s over and you can do nothing more about it. Put away your notes, take back the library books, and move on.
10/ After all the exams are over, be ready for the almighty loss of adrenalin. This takes everyone differently: I cried solidly for three hours the day after I finished. Lay in treats for yourself (chocolate/cashews, chick-flicks/karate movies), make unstressful appointments, spend quality time with your friends: it’ll be the first time you’ve been relaxed with them for several weeks and possibly the last opportunity you’ll have to see them before autumn; perhaps the last opportunity to see them at all, if you’re a finalist. Above all, take time to recover from the experience.
If you have time before your exam…get some tutoring!
Tutoring programs can give you a strong foundation of skills and knowledge with a focus on say the HSC course and preparing for the exam with relevant material. You can gain early exposure to exam-style questions through homework and practice exams, in addition to comprehensively covering all syllabus content and outcomes. If you have the time and can afford the expense, getting in on a tutoring or coaching course would be invaluable.
Tutoring courses we surveyed generally have tutoring programs consist of weekly 2 hour lessons (per subject) where the class tutor covers theory, example questions and relevant exam technique. Classes are highly interactive and those surveyed all pointed out that even the shyest students participate in class discussions.
There is the ability to pay more for one on one coaching but a typical class size is 5 to 8 students, still allowing individual attention to be given to each student. Tutors are carefully selected to ensure they are qualified, experienced and will be closely aware of each individual students’ progress, strengths and weaknesses in each subject taught.
Dux College in Sydney Australia is one private tutoring institution we contacted and they specialise in coaching of students sitting the national HSC exams in that country. You can learn more about their HSC Tutoring in Sydney by visiting this website link.
Watch out for more study tips to be posted. If you have anything you would like to be featured then let us know via the contact us page and we will make sure we write something up on it for you. Happy Studies!