Con­tin­u­ous study­ing for bet­ter re­sults

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Analysis -

THE last months of the year are filled with the hus­tle and bus­tle of at­tempts to com­plete a year’s goals and make sure that there is achieve­ment to, many pre­pare with glee for the sea­son filled with fes­tiv­ity and joy.

For the stu­dent, the “Red Sea” of ex­am­i­na­tions is firmly set be­fore them, and for them to move onto the next stage in the mas­ter­ing how to study ef­fec­tively for your ex­am­i­na­tions and tests is the key to be­ing suc­cess­ful in your fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ef­fec­tive prepa­ra­tion starts in the class­room, with the stu­dent be­ing alert and aware of key words and be­ing able to take down the notes given by the teacher.

Note tak­ing should be as clear and ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble, as these are the notes that re­vi­sion will be based on, there­fore they must make sense. 1. Know your exam timetable Know­ing your ex­am­i­na­tion time ta­ble will help you sched­ule and plan your stud­ies.

An exam ses­sion should never come to you as a sur­prise! Mark your ex­am­i­na­tion date on the cal­en­dar, place the time and sub­ject on the cal­en­dar so that you are fully aware and re­minded con­stantly.

Some can­di­date set a time­line on their plan­ner where they count down the dates; this is one way of keep­ing your­self on sched­ule with your study plan.

2. Give your­self enough time to study, un­der­stand and prac­tice

Af­ter mark­ing your exam timetable on the cal­en­dar, sched­ule your study plan for each sub­ject pro­por­tion­ately.

That is, give more time to sub­jects which you are strug­gling in so as to ad­e­quately cover top­ics of un­cer­tainty.

Set a bal­anced timetable for your stud­ies, make sure that all sub­jects are ad­e­quately cov­ered.

Make sure that it is a re­al­is­tic sched­ule, don’t place too much pres­sure to cram in­for­ma­tion in a short space of time, this may lead to you los­ing the lit­tle you know due to men­tal block or ex­haus­tion.

Be­ing pre­pared for the exam will help you be more con­fi­dent on the day of the exam.

Start your stud­ies well in ad­vance. As you are given notes, take time to re­vise them, this will help you pick out ar­eas of dif­fi­culty and those that need more at­ten­tion.

The more you read some­thing, the bet­ter you re­mem­ber it.

The more you prac­tise a for­mula, the bet­ter you will get at it.

Avoid the temp­ta­tion to cram in­for­ma­tion!! Prac­tice, read and un­der­stand. 3. Or­gan­ise Study Groups Get to­gether with friends or class­mates and sched­ule study ses­sions. Make sure that you have a timetable so that you are study­ing the same sub­ject at the same time. This may mean you will be part of more than one study group.

Hav­ing peo­ple who are study­ing the same sub­ject as you will help when you are stuck on a cer­tain topic and you will be able to en­gage in group dis­cus­sions that will also help mo­ti­vate you to study.

If you are con­stantly study­ing alone it can be de­mor­al­is­ing and you may quickly tire or be car­ried away by dis­trac­tions, not to men­tion that you will not be able to get as­sis­tance in ar­eas of dif­fi­culty.

Ex­plain­ing an­swers to ques­tions to oth­ers also will help you to get things clear in your head and as­sist in your un­der­stand­ing of top­ics. 4. Prac­tise us­ing old Exam Pa­pers One of the best ways of prac­tis­ing for an ex­am­i­na­tion is to work on past ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers.

Please note: Past exam pa­pers are meant to help in prepa­ra­tion for the exam us­ing real ques­tions, how­ever, they should not be the “al­pha and omega” of your study­ing.

That is to say, do not by any means col­lect past exam pa­pers and study them and ig­nore the notes and text books which you have been given in class through­out the year.

Ex­am­i­na­tions are meant to test knowl­edge, un­der­stand­ing and ap­pli­ca­tion to help you with fur­ther stud­ies and life skills, there­fore it is pru­dent for a stu­dent to ad­e­quately learn prin­ci­ples, for it shall be re­quired of them at a later stage.

Us­ing past exam pa­pers will also help you get used to the for­mat of ques­tions and if you time your­self, you can pre­pare for the real exam and you will be more con­fi­dent dur­ing the real exam. 5. Take Reg­u­lar Breaks Study­ing for many hours at a time with­out tak­ing a break is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

Do not take recre­ation time out of your day in an at­tempt to do marathon study­ing.

Stud­ies have shown that for long term in­for­ma­tion re­ten­tion, reg­u­lar breaks are im­por­tant.

A re­freshed mind is more likely to un­der­stand and re­tain in­for­ma­tion more than an ex­hausted mind.

Sched­ule your per­sonal study time ac­cord­ing to your most pro­duc­tive time, this could be late in the even­ing, which means you must rest ear­lier on, or in the morn­ing af­ter a good night’s sleep. 6. Eat Well A bal­anced and nu­tri­tious diet keeps the mind and body strong and alert.

Stay away from junk food that does not add any nu­tri­tional value to your sys­tem.

Bad eat­ing habits will cause you to quickly tire and can in­crease chances of stress and strain. Su­gar gives tem­po­rary en­ergy which is not healthy.

Fruits, yo­ghurts and foods with car­bo­hy­drates and pro­tein will en­sure that your body has suf­fi­cient en­ergy lev­els and your brain is well fu­elled.

Drink Plenty Wa­ter! Keep­ing well hy­drated, es­pe­cially dur­ing study pe­ri­ods and exam time is very im­por­tant for you to work well.

Keep a bot­tle of wa­ter with you and avoid sweet juices that will de­hy­drate you fur­ther es­pe­cially dur­ing this hot sea­son. 7. Get ad­e­quate sleep Get­ting enough sleep is es­sen­tial if you want your body to func­tion prop­erly and your brain to be as sharp as it can be.

When you are tired, your body is not able to process thoughts as clearly.

This could make you sec­ond-guess an an­swer to a ques­tion or even cause you to draw big, scary blanks on cer­tain ques­tions.

This can be a frus­trat­ing sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially if you knew the an­swer the night be­fore when you were up un­til the late hours of the morn­ing study­ing.

Take time to wind down be­fore bed time so that your mind set­tles and you are able to sleep well.

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