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Top ten tips to do well on exams - part 2

Updated on July 9, 2011
Here are a few more tips to help you get the best grades in your school exams.

6. Complete all reading assignments

If you want to be prepared for an exam, you need to make sure that you have at least read all material included in the reading assignments. There is nothing more demoralizing for a student than seen a problem about something that you never even heard about. This leaves you with the (correct) feeling that your knowledge is flawed and that you don't understand the general concepts behind the topic.

Also, don't restrict yourself to reading only the class notes given by the professor. There are many topics that are usually not included in lecture notes because of space restrictions. However, extra information can give you a better idea about the topic being studied. Make sure that you read all support material that is not included in the class notes.

7. Ask questions while reading

One of the main reasons why students don't have a good performance while reading, is that they don't have a critical attitude. Don't read any text passively, as if you were reading a novel. When studying, you should at each step keep a critical behavior, asking yourself questions about what you are reading.

For example, if you are studying a science book, it is not helpful just to read the textbook and believe that you understand the concepts. Ask yourself why these concepts are true. For example, what would happen if you change the situation just a little, would that change the results that you are reading? How would you do something different? Is there a better way of solving a problem?

If you are reading a History textbook, ask yourself the reasons for such an event. What happened in consequence to the events described? Do you agree with the explanations given? If not, try to do additional research on the topic.

Asking such such questions will help you understand the topic completely, not hard a cursory only idea of what you are studying. Another reason for doing this is that you will get genuinely interested in the topic once you ask your own questions.

8. Take simulated exams

A simple way of getting used to the environment of the exam is to practice with simulated tests. Most classes have lists of previous exams that can be used for practice purposes.

When doing a simulated exam, try to get as close as possible to the real environment of the classroom. Schedule the same amount of time you will have on the exam day. Select an exam that you have not seen before, and use it as a practice test. Go through it without stopping and without consulting books or friends. If you go through the test successfully, this will give you not only more knowledge, but also more confidence for the day of the real exam.

9. Prepare your material

In the topic of preparedness, it is important to make sure that you have all the material needed during the exam. There is nothing worse than starting an exam an then realizing that you forgot a pen, calculator, or similar thing.

Make sure you have all you need and be prepared to the ace the exam!

10. Relax

Finally, once you have done everything necessary to prepare for the exam, you need to assure yourself that you are ready. The best way to do this is relaxing right before the exam starts.

This might appear difficult at the beginning, since the exam may be important for you. However, there are techniques that help in this situation. For example, you can hear relaxing music during the time before the beginning of the test. Also, control your respiration to eliminated unwanted stress: breathe slowly, and this will help you to control the body.

After all, doing great in your exams is just a matter of being prepared. With the help of these techniques, you will be able get an A every time!


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