So you’ve come all the way and tomorrow is finally the moment of truth, the day of the exam. At this stage you have studied almost all that you can study to be 100% ready for the big day. You have been planning, revising and studying and so there is little more you can do, right?
However hard you studied in the run up to exams, the most important work is yet to be done. Regardless of how much you have studied, it is possible that your exam performance may not reflect your hard work studying for hours on end. That is why we want to give you a few tips to maximise your performance on the day of the exam.
Make a detailed revision timetable on a large piece of paper (A3 at least) and post it up somewhere that everyone can see it. That way, everyone knows what you are meant to be studying and when. Strangely enough, letting other people know your plans actually lightens the load, because then it’s not just down to you to motivate yourself. Rather like getting married, you feel more committed to your
2. Catch The Worm
Just like those wriggling soil-dwellers, facts are at their most available and digestible first thing in the morning. Start at 9am, and you can get the bulk of your revision done early, so you don’t spend the rest of the day feeling crushed under the weight of unread A4 folders.
3. Ask Question of Yourself
Facts are sluggish, passive creatures and lie piled up inside your head, without giving off any signs of life. You can, however, awaken them through the power of questions. So when you’re making notes, don’t just write down “Malaysian got its independence on 31st August 1957” ;instead, put “When was Malaysia’s independence?” in one column, and write “31st August 1957” in an opposite column. Cover up the answer and each time you get it right, you’ll feel a small, pixie-like pat on the back
4.Believe in Bananas
Take a leaf out of the top tennis players’ book and make use of this potassium-rich performance-enhancer to raise your energy levels. When Federer and Nadal need a lift, they don’t reach for a courtside cup of black coffee, they dip into their kitbags and unzip a banana.
5. Quality Time
Ask friends over for a revision session. With things like dates and vocabulary, it’s always better if someone else is testing you, rather than you testing yourself (and peeking at the answers).
6. Watch Television
Of course you shouldn’t try to learn the periodic table of chemical elements while watching Gossip Girl reruns or a Shopping Channel special. But that doesn’t mean you can’t record a favourite programme and watch it as a treat, between your morning and afternoon revising time.
7. Make the Stairs Work for You
Let’s face it, travelling between the ground and first floor of your home is pretty much dead time. In which case, why not put those stair-minutes to good use by placing revision cards on each step.
You should unplug your computer or laptop, as it’s simply too tempting to go off roaming the wide, open spaces of Web-fordshire, instead of ploughing through the causes of the agricultural revolution. It is also imperative to turn off your mobile phone (one distraction too many).