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Tips to Undertake Exams using your Whole Brain

Updated on August 2, 2012

If you're a student who usually spends the whole last night before a test "cramming" to try and remember everything that could be in an exam... and then freaking out when that bit of blank paper comes before you, then this article and my special page about positive thinking for exams should help you (see LINKS below).

This method is based on results from experiments in the famous book 'Blink' by Malcolm Gladwell (recommended), Tony Buzan's memory review tips, and of course positive thinking.

Why is positive thinking and imprinting so powerful? Let's see...

Using your Whole Brain to Remember

Most students tend to use their brain to their detriment. For instance, they spend a lot of time flitting around, from Facebook to Email to Searches to Studying. This means your mind learns to focus on something for only a short time before scurrying off in another direction. (Video games is the worst of all as they are also addictive).

When you're accustomed to focusing on one thing for 10 minutes or so, guess what happens when you want to study? That's right, your mind is easily distracted. And for memory to work well, you must fully focus your attention on that thing (Source: Rewire Your Brain, 2011). Now you may be realizing some of your daily problems, but wait, there is more to do.

Being a top student is not about being born with a good memory. To remember facts you must also LINK them to something. Our brains love to link topics (remember playing word association?) and if you use my study reviewing tip to use a 'key word' and link that to each topic, you will be utilizing your whole brain's natural linking mechanism.

Another crazy thing that came up in 'Blink: the Power of thinking without thinking' was that studies showed black Americans actually carried a stereotype in their mind that had a negative effect on their own test results. (Please read the book for details). So, when you go ahead with our Power Positive Thinking for Exams method and utilise your subconscious, try to visualise a Professor who is the same colour or nationality as you when you do your writing exercise.

Positive Views of Yourself

Now you can imagine what effect it also has to say negative statements about your own abilities in your head. This bad habit is going to effect what your test results are more than any other factor (apart from looking out the window whilst in class)... So try to practice saying these positive statements quietly to yourself as well:

  • I am a good student in this subject as I focus, I highlight, and I remember all that I learned.
  • A professor/teacher once said "I have a lot of potential" and now I am going to use that potential.
  • Creating new ideas about what I study energizes me and surprises the teachers.

I hope you can see that this type of thinking and review studying is more vital than cramming. It can go forward with you throughout the years. (I should know, I have done four career courses: graphic design, marketing, BA Communications (Journalism), and now financial counselling).


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