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13 Tips to prepare for semester exams 2019

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Tips to prepare for semester exams 2019

March has come to an end and the semester too will be ending soon. This means exams are just around the corner. Are you ready to take them head on?

If you are panicking, or just chilling, procrastinating, or even ignoring exams as long as you can, then fret not. We bring to you some effective tips to deal with the exam mania. So, sit back, relax and keep reading to get in the mood for preparation.


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Start Early

Leaving everything for the last minute might seem promising. Are you confident that you will manage everything? Good for your confidence levels. But, honestly?

Not the best approach. You need to get yourself enough time to prepare to save on the last minute stress and anxiety.

Having a plan beforehand is the best way to ensure that you are able to cover everything. This will also keep you from feeling overwhelmed towards the end.

Know your syllabus

You should know what you have to study before you actually start studying. You cannot enter the battlefield blind.

You should know the syllabus thoroughly. See which part is more important from the exam point of view and which is not. It will then become clear on which parts you would need to focus more.

Know the breakdown

After going through the syllabus, you should go through the marking scheme. This will further clarify the picture regarding the important topics. The best approach is to start with the topics which carry more marks.

Re-evaluate previous marks

You should go through your marks from previous exams to figure out your weak areas. You can then plan accordingly and decide which subject or area needs more attention.

Set a study schedule

You have gathered most of the basic information already. Now keeping in mind the number of exams you have to take, the amount of syllabus and the number of days left for preparation, you can set a study schedule. Make a schedule that fits your style. Give more time to important topics and your weak areas.

You can split your day to prepare for multiple exams. Usually, a 50-minute session per subject is considered best.  Schedule reasonable breaks. Cover one subject, take a break, cover another and repeat.

Organize study space

You need a friendly and pleasant study space to help you concentrate.

Ensure that your study space is free from clutter. Make space on your desk to spread your textbooks and notes. Your room should be well-lit otherwise your eyes will get strained. And you don’t want that. You are now going to be best friends with your chair. So make sure it is comfortable enough for you.

You will also need to ensure that you have removed all distractions from your sight which includes your games, comics, and novels among other distractions.

Priority on academics

This is the time when you need to focus only on your exams. Your academics should be your number one priority. PUBG and Netflix are not going anywhere. But your marks will if you don’t study right now.

Practice old papers

Papers from previous years help you see the format and formulation of questions. It is always good to see what to expect in your exam beforehand.

Practising old papers will also give you a worthy practice for measuring the time needed to answer all the questions efficiently. You not only get to test your knowledge and level of preparation but also learn time management.

As a DU student, you must be aware of how a significant number of questions are repeated every year. An added bonus. Previous year papers of all the courses are available on the official website of DU: www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=academic-resources

Get creative

Use flashcards, re-write notes, read out loud—do what helps you study better. Get creative with your study techniques. Visual aids are helpful during revision. Convert your notes into diagrams and flowcharts. You can remember a lot in this manner with little effort.

Use other resources

You don’t have to limit yourself to your textbooks. Visit a library. Read other books. Search online. Don’t be shy and consult your subject teachers if you need help with a topic.

Organize study groups

Self-study is essential, no doubt. However, group study comes with its own set of perks. You can brush up on concepts with your friends that you didn’t understand earlier.

Also, when you explain something to others, you understand the concept more clearly and it helps you organize your thoughts. So don’t wait and get going. Make a study group. Though you will have to ensure that you actually study and not get distracted.

Take regular breaks

You would not want to sit in the exam hall with a blank head even when you covered everything, right? So give your brain the rest it deserves.

You cannot expect to study for 12-hours straight a day before your exam and pass with flying colours. Start your preparation early.

Develop a routine. Get enough rest. Do not feel guilty for taking breaks. Without enough breaks, your brain won’t be able to retain all the information you feed it night and day.

Focus on health

While preparing for exams, you tend to forget about your health. Stay hydrated. It will add to your positive mood.

Snack on healthy food like fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, yogurt etc. Avoid eating sugary food items. It might seem appealing but it is not good for you. You start losing energy again within the next hour. So snack wisely.

This is the end of our list guys. Prepare well. The more prepared you are, the less anxious you will be.

All the best!


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