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You can last minute an assignment, but you can’t last minute an exam – study advice to keep in mind qwq
I had to learn this the hard way you see, since I’m also one of those people that prefer to live on the edge. Or rather, prefer to procrastinate till there’s not enough time left to do everything. But somehow, I’ve always managed to scrape by, until mid-term exams this year where I really struggled. The work piles and piles, and it’s much easier to run away until there’s no other choice, delaying the inevitable. But hey, things don’t always have to be so difficult and here we’ll show how studying can be made easier.
Take some advice from a fellow struggler.
Procrastination and Distractions
Procrastination, you see, is a choice. A lifestyle choice that can turn into a habit. It is a student’s worse enemy, manifesting itself whenever distraction is lurking at the corner of our eye. One second you’re reading some english notes, decided to play some music and the next second you’re watching whether plants have feelings on youtube. Then finally realising an hour has passed and you’ve barely studied at all. Remember to use your time and study wisely, well before and during an exam.
Due tomorrow, Do tomorrow.
Definitely not the way to go unless you plan to suffer.
Ask for help!
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help! There’s nothing worse than going into an exam unprepared. If you’re uncertain or confused about anything, you may find it helpful to sort things out with your;
- Friends and Classmates
Set your prioritises straight
Of cause, if you can it’s always good to split time wisely and revise all subjects, though there is a chance that you’ll have to sacrifice a few activities to maintain a balance between work and play. Make sure you understand what can be put aside. The best habit to get into is starting to prepare immediately after receiving a notification, give yourself a minimum of 2-3 weeks if there are multiple subjects to study for.
Work comes first, there’s plenty of time to have fun afterwards~
Find out (as much as you can) about the exam
Information is the one of the best weapons you can have before the exam. You can find out what topics you’ll have to study as well as other important details such as:
- How much does the exam contribute to your overall grade?
- The type of exam (assessment/assignment)
- Practical or Theory?
- How much is each question or section worth?
- Deadline (Date)
- Other additional information: e.g are notes allowed?
Taking Breaks and Finding Balance
Not the “I’ve written my name now it’s time to play an hour of LOL” type of break (That would be suicide). However, taking breaks in moderation can help in the long run as proven by research. On the other hand, if you overwork yourself thinking it’s best to spend as many hours as possible (on work), it can actually be counterproductive. Other than breaks, eating healthy, a little exercise and getting a good night’s sleep can come a long way.
Study Routine and Strategies
Work out a study routine and plan out some strategies to combat your enemy;
- Practice past exam papers
- Organise your notes
- Participate in study groups
- Online resources
- Make a to-do list
- Test yourself (this is where annoying siblings can come handy)
Find out what works or don’t work for you and what areas are you’re unfamiliar with. Not only will a plan enable you to think ahead and organise, you’ll definitely feel more prepare going into the exam. Keep in mind that everyone has their own way of learning, so find out which of these work best for you.
If you think you;re working hard, remember that everyone else could be working just as hard.
Consistent effort is one of the most important things that comes to preparing an exam. Whether it’s listening in class, revising your study notes or practicing everyday, every bit helps. Consistent effort may be tough at first, especially if you’re not used to it, but it’s a good habit to prevent the cycle of last minute cramming.
And finally, good luck to all those who’re sitting their exams ~
Do you have any study tips that work for you?
What do you think is the most important aspect/tip?