Do’s & Don’t Before Exams – Top 10 Do’s & Don’t For Day Before Exam
‘Examinations’ – one of the most dreaded parts of our academic life. Started since the school days and is never-ending, this is the complain we all have. We all wait for that one day when we won’t have to fear about failing or qualifying. The examination ghost seems never to leave us, right? Well, wake up, leave the ghost behind, face the fact with courage. Exams are not something to pull you down or shake your confidence. It a procedure to evaluate yourself- a process for self-analyzing and improving. It is a competition with our own selves. If you have improved yourself, you will perform better than the previous attempt. If so then you have qualified. However, if there is no urge in you-you are bound to fail. That’s it-a very simple equation.
So what are you fearing for? It is all in you. The study is a part of gaining knowledge and knowledge is life. So don’t shrink, face attempt as many examinations as possible because that will lead to self-evolution. And remember, there is no limit for self-perfection.
Stop comparing! This is a common mistake we all do. Before our exams, we compare how much we have studied with others. After exams, we compare how much we have scored with respect to others. Remember each and everyone has a different potential and capability. So do not compare your merits with others. This will demoralize you, which is deadly in the view of performance. Be it any examination, prepare well and do well, this is the only principle we all should follow. There are many Do’s & Don’t Before Exams, which every candidate must know about.
The key to success in any competitive exam is to prepare well. Your preparation time ends on the day before your exams. On the eve before the examination, know one thing – the effort has been given and the hard work is done. Your revision has come to an end and now is the time to calm your nerves and ensure that you’re all set to enter into that exam hall well rested and confident in your ability to write a wonderful paper. There is only one mantra for you- whenever you’re feeling nervous, remember ‘You can and you will’.
So, here is a list of Top 10 Do’s & Don’t For The Day Before Any Examination:
1. NOTHING NEW– There is one important rule for running a marathon is not to do it in new shoes. The logic of ‘nothing new’ in sporting events can be extended to studies as well. If you have not studied a topic yet, don’t study it on the eve of examination. That will only increase the stress.
2. REVISION OF HARD TOPICS– There are always some topics/tables/diagrams/charts etc., which no matter how much you study always gives you that incomplete feeling. This is the time to give a final check on those topics. Do only that much which is possible within that time. Don’t overstress.
3. REST WELL– Many people think that sacrificing sleep is the best way to use their study time so that they can study more. But a study shows that the best way we consolidate new information is by getting sufficient rest.
I recommend this: when you return home, take a little nap before you start to study (20-30 minutes). Then start fresh. Go to bed early and get a regular night of sleep 6.5-8 hours. If you skimp on sleep, you will never really feel fresh, and will most likely feel irritable, distracted, and tired.
4. HEALTHY EATING– These are small things which go unnoticed. You should eat healthy, with a nice mix of good carbs, proteins, and fats. It would probably be best to avoid a massive carb as that will make you sleepy, especially the morning of the exam. It is advisable to avoid taking on too much caffeine as well.
5. SOLVE QUESTIONS– Solve questions at the end of the chapter, especially the mathematical ones, or the aptitude questions. Go through the formulas and the sample sums that you have solved previously. That will help you recall the tricks behind solving those sums.
6. GO OFFLINE- Switch off your phones the day before your exam. Whatsapp, Facebook, and other social networking will distract you. You need to concentrate on your studies completely.
7. GROUP STUDY– If you have someone or a group of friends who is/are in the serious study then you can revise your topics by a discussion with them. Each can explain a different topic and the other will listen. But be careful, there should be only positive talk. In this way, if one has not studied a topic well then by listening, will get a chance to revise again.
8. SMART WORK IS BETTER THAN HARD WORK – It is not how many hours you sit with your books, rather you need to measure the amount of focused study you’re doing. Avoid the distraction of mind (switch off the TV or mobile phones), set your time table in the early hours of the morning or late at night.
9. REJUVENATE YOURSELF – Relax and take breaks during your hectic study timetable. Use this time to refresh yourself, take a walk, listen to some songs, or play a sport. It will help you stay focused and feel fresh. Once you feel fresh try to recollect what you have learned. Pick up any topic. This helps to revise.
10. PLAN THE DAY OF YOUR EXAM – Before you retire to your bed, organize all the things that you need for the next day-the hall card, pens, pencils, erasers, etc., even the clothes that you are going to wear the next day. Think about how you are going to proceed with our exam-which units to answer first followed by which unit. Know your strong points and take up questions from that area. In this way, you will build confidence. Set the time that you are going to allocate to each section. Set the alarm clock so that you don’t arrive late to the examination hall.
So here we are with the list of Do’s & Don’t Before Exams. In the end, I would just want to say- Don’t stress yourself, give your best and leave the rest. The greatest weakness lies in giving up. The definite way to succeed is to try just one more time. So when you are so close to victory don’t think of giving up now. Stay positive, work hard and make it happen.