So, are you having your exams soon? Not sure how to get going with your preparations?
Well, that’s pretty simple. The top three mantras to succeed in any exam are, being positive, having realistic goals, and following the set time-table.
One important thing to know about the exams is that, you can only be sure of the preparations, but, not the results. Thus, it is paramount to give your 100% for the preparations.
First, let’s discuss the three mantras-
- Be positive-
While studying any subject, it is important for you to believe that you are capable of understanding the subjects and scoring well in the examinations. This alone will take you really long way during the course of your preparation. Being positive or having confidence in your abilities, will not only help you study well, and but, it will also help you remember, what you studied. After all, remembering is more important, than simply studying. This, positive thinking, has a huge impact on the brain activity too. Positive thinking activates the reward centers in the brain, which eventually improves the brain activity, makes you more productive.
- Set realistic goals-
Having goals is important, but, having realistic goals is paramount. Being practical when you are setting goals, will help you access your abilities better. Having a clear picture of your abilities will also help you design your timetable, and prepare well for your examinations. Most importantly, having the realistic goals alone, will not do all. All will have goals, but, very few will have the persistence to make a move towards those goals. So, the second mantra would be to be practical and get going towards your goals.
- Follow a set time table-
Now, that’s an actual challenge. Just like the goals, many set the timetable enthusiastically, but following the same is a hard time to many. For this third mantra, the first two mantras become very much important. And, there is another mistake that many do; they set timetable without breaks or refreshments. This is actually bad for the brain. Processing monotonous information for long hours is pretty difficult for the brain, and only breaks can help in that case. As for the breaks, those need to be constructive, always. Listening to music, meditations, going for a walk, spending time in the garden, etc., are all known to be constructive breaks. While playing computer games, watching T.V, being on the phone, are said to be destructive breaks, which strains your brain, rather than, helping it relax.
With these three must-follow mantras, here are few other tips that will help you study and process the information, effectively.
- Foods that boost concentration- Foods decide your studying abilities. That’s right. Your brain feeds on glucose, to function normally, and, when you don’t feed your brain with it, it becomes difficult for the brain to process the information that it is asked to deal with. Foods that are rich in omega fatty acids, carbohydrates and proteins are important for the brain to function, effectively. Along with the food, drinking lots of water improves your memory power, which is the key to crack your examinations, successfully.
- Sleep -Shut-eye is also important for your brain to function normally. Sleep deprivation makes it hard for the brain to remember things. So, for those who plan to study day and night prior examination, ignoring shut-eyes, is a big no-no. Some tend to be early birds, while, some are night owls; whatever might be the studying pattern, 6-7 hours of sleep a day, is a must. For this reason, some suggest Modafinil may help to maintain longer studying patterns.
- You are a good learner when you are a good teacher-
When you study or learn a new topic, make it a habit to teach it to someone. And, when that person understands what you explained him, it implies that you have studied that particular topic well. Your sisters or your brothers, or your even your grand-parents can be your audience. You teach them, they learn it, and you remember it; it is as simple as that.
- Prepare your own notes-
When you learn something new, you should try to write it down, in your own words, and finally, try to reproduce the same in your examinations as well. This actually saves a lot of time for you that you would actually waste, running behind your teachers/professors for the notes.
- Organization approach towards the preparation-
Lastly, it is the organized approach. Following all the three mantras mentioned above is itself the organized approach.
There in one thing to keep in mind; you should never think of multi-tasking when you are studying. Study one subject at a time, no matter how less time, you have got. Why? Because multi-tasking is a myth.
These tips should help you study well, crack your examinations, and come out of the exam halls with flying colors.