My daughter is going to be six.So we don’t have exam schedules yet.What we do have is daily schedules.I always believed that learning is fun if done right.That’s my experience.
I hated pre-exam revisions.
It is boring reading from the same book over and over again.But unfortunately, we have to read the textbook.
Thats when I learned a trick!
I used to try learning about a particular topic from different books.Not only the textbook but similar books.I went through several such workbooks and tutorial resource throughout the year.But I always dedicated some time every day for revising my textbook.Which by the end of the year ended up color-coded, bookmarked, washi taped, Sticky noted and covered with pretty floral covers.
Ye, I loved decorating my books which didn’t need the obligatory brown paper cover!
Thats one habit you must develop too if you want to do well in exams.Speed read during revision.
Quick Super Exam Tips
- Mark the topics you keep forgetting.
- The topics you seem to make the most mistakes with.
- The topics which make you bored.
They are the ones which will trip you.
Make a list, notes, diagrams with labels.Then stick them using double-sided foam tapes.
- Make pretty charts and stick them at the front of your notebooks.
- Next to your wash basin.
- Your bedroom mirror anywhere it will catch your eye.
On the books, I didn’t like so much I wrote: ” I love you “!Guess what ?the subject replied “I love you too” and I did well!
My 5 point checklist to do well
1)If you are a science student practice maths everyday.No excuses.Do as much as you can, but a minimum of one hour every day throughout the year.
2)Make a plan for revision:
- For 3 weeks before exams.For the week before the exam.The day before a particular subject.
- For your languages read books by good authors, to learn about how to make your writing flow easily.
- Practice writing with a timer.
3) Always do mock test papers on a timer.I used to do a lot of mock tests.I solved the parts which were being done in the class.That way it was an interesting and quick way to solve many papers.
4)Talk to your seniors who have done well.This has helped me a lot too.
5)Never miss your practical classes.
6)Make small bulleted notes for quick memorizing for long topics.
7)It’s best if you divide an answer into broad headings and then jot down 3 to 5 important points.Teachers love well designed and well-written answers.The easier it is for your teacher to scan your answer the better scoring it is for you.Also, scannable answers often score more due to part marking.I know this because I am a teacher too!
8)Practice your diagrams regularly.Check for line diagram /flowcharts, graphs you can make to accompany your answers.Sometimes making a chart or a table at the beginning of an answer helps us write a detailed answer with very little trouble.
9)Never skip your meals or stay up awake before your exam.
10)Never discuss your paper with friends who insist on telling you all about why your answers are wrong.It’s better to discuss with your teacher or parents.
11)It’s better to memorize after understanding.
Memory is registration,retention,recall.Here are my 6 tips for a great memory.
- In order for you to recall your subject in the stressful exam-hall, you need to read with total concentration.
- Make it a mindfulness exercise.
- Concentrate while reading.
- Jot down the points, which struck you while reading, quickly in a notebook.
- Then scan it once again.
- Find the points you missed which are important.Write them down in red.Now understand.Your brain is sharing signals with each of its cells, neurons, and dendrites.Making connections for association and retention.The same little information may be stored as a picture, a sound a smell or a feeling It will depend on the topic under study though.Recall will be helped by all these senses.So always try to understand what your topic is talking about.
13)Read a good storybook for 15 minutes before going to bed.This is needed for your brain to unwind.
14)Your study room: Make it study friendly and clutter free
- A powder blue room helps you focus.
- A window view of plants, trees or a garden will help you be mindful.
- If that’s not possible have a picture of trees or a calm green nature picture in front of you with a few potted plants.
- Have your books arranged, subject wise.Write their names with permanent marker on the spine for easy retrieval.File your extra sheets with all notes in folders and reference books of the same topic segregated.The less you search for stuff during studying, more productive you will be.
15)Just having your tuition teacher visit you will not make you automatically proficient. You need to design your own study and revision schedule.
With love from a Doctor Mommy who dreamt and studied a lot!Best wishes.
Writing this for #MondayMommyMoments.Easily my favorite topic this side of teaching!
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