Exam stress is daunting and tough. But if you want to overcome it and ace your exams, you must start working on it. We have prepared a list of some important and interesting study hacks that will help you overcome your fear of tests and study like a pro in no time.
1- TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH
Students are often reminded of the importance of keeping themselves healthy during exam time. Being physically fit doesn’t necessarily require a rigorous schedule of workout. You can simply do that by adopting a hobby which includes physical activity. Healthy eating is also important. After all, you are what you eat. Include natural foods over processed foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, dairy products, all should form an important part of your diet.
A good mental state is also equally important for which regular doses of light relief always helps. Build a network of friends you can turn to in times of stress and anxiety. Think positively and stay away from negative people/vibes.
2- FOCUS ON YOUR WEAKNESS
Pay special attention to topics and areas in which you’re struggling the most. For this, the 1st step is identifying the topics that are difficult and then finding out the best route to understanding them. You may take help from a fellow student or ask your teacher to help you out. Nowadays, numerous apps help you with your studies. Ask for help and you will get it.
3- LEARN YOUR KEY SPELLINGS
Certain words are often misspelled by law students. They include homicide, appellant, appealed, grievous, judgment and argument. Spelling errors reflect a poor concentration and create a bad impression. To avoid this, it is pertinent that you focus on learning spellings too alongside memorizing key points. Another mistake often made by students is confusing homophones. These include the wrong usage of the word’s principal/principle, advice/advise and effect/affect, etc. Therefore, it always helps to understand the difference between these homophonic words correctly and then use them accordingly.
4- CREATE A STUDY PLAN
The key to time management is to see the value of every moment.
Many students complain about not having enough time to brief cases, prepare outlines and/or take practice exams. This happens due to a lack of proper management.
Smart study plans are a combination of planning and execution. By setting realistic goals and dividing your time smartly, you can manage all the tasks efficiently. By creating a study zone where you can focus without any distractions and work optimally will also be helpful.
5- GET ENOUGH SLEEP
You may have heard numerous times that sleep is very important especially for students. But did you know that consistently getting quality sleep helps to improve your mental, emotional, and physical performance? It also improves the immune system, balances hormones, boosts metabolism, and improves brain function.
The main reason sleep is so important because this is the time when the brain is “cleaning” itself.
During the daytime, when we are awake, our brain is super active with learning, thinking, and controlling our entire body and this creates a lot of “brain garbage!” Because the brain cells are eating, reproducing, and making waste products.
As we sleep, our body removes all this waste almost like removing all the unneeded files from your computer, so you have storage for more important files.
6- WRITE IT OUT
The act of writing helps us remember things better. Therefore, after revising a topic, simply jot down al the key concepts, important facts on a piece of paper. This will help you absorb and retain the information better. Studies show that by writing your revision notes, you have a better chance of remembering them.
7- CREATE MENTAL ASSOCIATIONS
This may sound difficult to implement but it helps to make things easier to memorize. By making connections and then visually displaying them through mind maps will help you organize the information you’ve learned. Also, the ability to make connections enhances your creativity and intelligence.
As Steve Jobs said,
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something”.
8- AVOID CRAMMING
Almost 99% of students believe in cramming before exam night, which is the worst way to study. The simple reason being that cramming will only allow you to retain information for a specific period. Intense study sessions charge up our sensory and memory systems for a brief period. When that subsides, the information we learned is forgotten. Therefore, it is recommended that you space out your study preparations. This allows you to better absorb information and then reorganize it in a manner that makes the most sense to you.
We hope these tips and tricks will help ease out the exam nerves and also help you to ace your mock/final test papers smoothly.