MUST READ: Unique TIPS for 2017 BECE candidates

Exams are terrible and stressful things to study for, especially
knowing that they can make or break your final mark. Being able to
study in the proper manner will achieve the best results, so make use
of these tips. But be aware that these tips may not work for other
people hence are a guide, a little change to suit your environment and
make you comfortable is allowed.

1. Give yourself enough time to study

Don't leave it until the last minute. Cramming the night before is
proven to be ineffective, because you're taking in so much information
at once that it's impossible to memorize it at all — in fact, you'll
hardly retain anything. I know it's been preached to you many times
before, but it's true: Studying before and going over it multiple
times really is the best way to learn the material. This is especially
true with things like history and subjects dealing with theory.

2. Organize your study space

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes
out. How do you study best? In your PJ's and your favorite t-shirt?
With music or without? In your room or outside? Regardless, you
probably won't be able to study while there are distractions like:
*Your darling little brother or sister is running screaming around the
house. You are going to end up watching movies because they are far
too distracting.
*Your older brother or sister is bothering you on purpose.
*Your music blasting, especially if it's a song you want to sing along
to instead of studying.
*It's too dark. Your eyes will strain in dim light.
*You're in a mess. Clean your room, as the mess around you really can
distract you from what you're doing.

3. Practice on old exams

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice
taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the
questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for
making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.

4. Rewrite your notes to aid memory.

Rewriting your notes is great if you're a kinesthetic learner. Mind
mapping is the most effective way of doing this. Also, when you
re-write something, you will probably think about what you are
writing, what it's about, and why you wrote it down. Most importantly,
it refreshes your memory. If you took notes a month ago and just found
out that those notes will be relevant in your exam, rewriting them
will remind you of them when you need it for your exam.

5. Find the right hours.

Don't study when you're really tired. It's better to study for two
hours in one day than to try and cram in that daily hour of studying
at two in the morning. You won't remember much and you're likely to
stop before you have studied what you need.

6. Different subjects call for different studying.

If it's math you're studying for, work on the problems. Don't just
read over it like you would for a Social Studies class, because you
can actually do math, but you can seldom do Social Studies. Working
problems out will help burn them into your mind, and remember: if you
can't solve the problem before the exam, you won't be able to solve it
on the exam either. For subjects based on calculations, it is
important to do questions because this is essentially how you are
going to be tested.

7. Take Breaks.

You need some time to have fun and it is better to revise when you are
feeling relaxed than to exhaust yourself studying all day! The only
caveat is, you need to avoid procrastination.

8. Plan your exam day

Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't
leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don't know the way,
or what you're supposed to bring. Check all the rules and
requirements, and plan your route and journey time. If possible, do a
test run of the trip; if not, write down clear directions. Work out
how long it will take to get there - then add on some extra time. You
really don't want to arrive having had to run halfway or feeling
frazzled from losing your way. You could also make plans to travel to
the exam with friends or classmates, as long as you know they're
likely to be punctual!

9. Be prepared on the big day.

On the day of your exam, look at your notes before the exam so that
the information is still fresh in your head. Get plenty of rest the
night before. Children under 18 need anywhere from 10 to 11 hours of
sleep per night. Eat a balanced breakfast full of lean protein,
vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Get to the exam
room with time to spare. Give yourself at least five or 10 minutes to
gather your thoughts before starting the exam. That means being in the
exam room five to 10 minutes before the exam starts.

BY: Bigi Benson
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