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The 2021 exam season is now in full session and we trust that you are all keeping safe in these unprecedented times. Of course, despite what is going on around us, there is still the need to continue studying and be productive.
We take this time to remind you of a few important things as the various testing dates approach.
Make a list
In today’s world, it is so much easier to be distracted and lose focus on what is important. At this time, we stress that is absolutely critical to set your affairs in order and to do all high-impact activities first.
Whether by using a notepad or an electronic device, make a listing of those things that need to be completed and the timeframe in which they have to be completed.
Place the most urgent and impactful items (such as reviewing your notes and doing practice questions) at the top of the list and have the less important ones at the bottom.
Place this list in an area where you will see it every day. Having a constant reminder will help keep you on track.
Let your intentions be known
As social beings, we all need time to relax and unwind with friends and family members. This is just a natural part of life.
However, there comes a time when you will have to withdraw from your regular activities and shift your efforts towards a greater good. There will be plenty of time to catch up with friends later.
Right now, your focus should be on your upcoming examinations.
A great way to help with this is to simply let those around you know what is coming up. Explain the importance of passing these exams and the impact it will have on your career.
We are pretty sure that everyone will understand your position. Some will even go the extra step and offer help.
This is no time to have everything lying about in a messy fashion. Have your notes in a folder that is properly sectioned according to topic. Also have practice questions printed and ready in another folder.
Furthermore, be sure to create your own special notes and make reminder-cards if necessary.
Create a plan of what topic will be revisited and when this will be done each week. The more organized you can be, the better. Don’t leave anything to chance or memory.
Get some rest
Whatever you do, please do not over-look the importance of getting adequate sleep. Being tired will not help your efforts of trying to retain information.
Some have found great success in doing “power naps” during the daytime. Normally, this is done after mid-day and after your lunchtime meal. Try to sneak away somewhere quiet and where you will not be disturbed by anyone. Afterwards, put your mind at ease, forget everything that’s going on around you and take 1 hour to sleep. Chances are, you will feel a lot better after doing this.
Some may not be able to do this and instead require an alternate way to rest. In this case, we recommend trying to sleep earlier during the nights and set an alarm to go off at a time when everyone else is sleeping.
Having peace and quiet in the middle of the night does help quite a bit in studying.
Ask for help
This is a simple one that many do not try. There is absolutely nothing wrong in asking others to help you in studying. It could be something as simple as a friend quizzing you on concepts or just asking you to explain a chapter.
Speaking out aloud to another individual will actually help you in retaining what you have gone through. We highly recommend this method.
And by the way, if there’s no one else around (or you really don’t want to ask anyone), then speak to yourself! Yes, this will still be effective.
Stand in front of a mirror or sit on a chair and imagine being in front of others. It’s okay, just let the words come out aloud.
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