With examinations fast-approaching, there are a lot of students who will be experiencing a cold-feet. It can be a very stressful time for students, but it doesn’t have to be. A set of right techniques backed up by dedication and consistency should see you sail through even the toughest exams out there.
Scoring well in exams is not dependent on anyone factor, it is a product of a lot of different variables. The most important one is the preparation, while other factors like presence of mind, managing stress and time, being composed, and presentation of the answers also play a significant role in the outcome. Learning how to write an exam is a skill in itself that should be learned by every student, and it is a step forward towards scoring well in exams.
Managing time and preparing for exams naturally alleviate one’s confidence. Anxiety is merely the fear of the unknown, once you prepare well, confidence will replace anxiety.
Below are some techniques, guidelines and best-established strategies to be used during exams that will boost your performance.
Before you get the question paper, close your eyes, take deep breaths and relax. This will deal with any stress or anxiety you might be experiencing and it will freshen your mind.
Take the first 15 minutes of the exam to analyse the question paper thoroughly. Begin with reading the instructions first. Then proceed with going through each of the questions and marks allotted to them. This way you’ll know how much time to spend on each question.
Create a strategy. Decide which questions you are going to answer. Draft a plan in your mind, and execute accordingly. Take your time and don’t hurry through.
Write brief and concise answers: Write according to the weighting of the questions. 2 points for every mark should usually suffice.
Read your answers after writing them. Once you are done answering, try to read all your answers completely. This way you can rectify your mistakes and improve your answers if need be.
If time permits, try to answer the questions you aren’t sure about too, even if you just know a point or two. Even one or two marks here and there can make a difference.
Follow these above techniques to improve your performance in exams. All the best
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