Just as there is no winner without competition, so also there is no promotion without an examination. Every champion embrace challenges like a breakfast, because they know that it results in promotion and accolades.
Examination is the formal test of a student’s knowledge or ability which involve written, oral or computerized method with no access to references. The word, exam, is an informal abbreviation of examination. No student finds examination pleasant, but woe to the one who boycotts it. Examination holds the promise of upward movement or promotion from one class to a higher one, hence it could be regarded as a necessary evil. Do you want move to that next class or level, you so much desire? If your answer is affirmative as expected, then you must go through examination and come out successful.
I present to you here, seven tips for passing examination. These tips will enable you to expect exam and always approach it with excitement. There is no winner without a competition. There is no promotion without an examination. Every champion embrace challenges like a breakfast, because they know that it results in promotion and accolades. Pay a rapt attention to the following tips and you will be on your way to smiling to and fro examination halls.
- Develop Your Own Study Style (know yourself): One of the ageless principles of success is the admonition: ‘man, know thyself.‘ Are you the one that doze each time you pick your book to read, no matter how much of rest you have had? Are you the one that does better, reading during the day than in the night or you are a ‘night crawler’? Do you read more when you are alone, other than in a group of friends? Do you pick knowledge retentively once you understand it in the class or you are like me who has to go through it again and again? Every individual attribute is important and non is more important than the other. Everyone has both advantage and disadvantage and non is a total disadvantage. The secret to a fruitful studious life is to discover your own type and consistently bring strength out of your position. Once you discover yourself, then ask, how can I turn this to strength? You will start getting ideas on how to turn things around. Then develop your own study plan or time table and stick with it.
- Be Serious with Revisions: Revision is of three types, namely – solo revision, group revision and class revision. Your priority should depend on the circumstances but I am of the opinion that class revision with your teacher or an examiner is of the highest importance. No teacher gets kudos based on the number of students that fails his/her subject. Rather, teachers are rated high when the highest number or all of their students perform excellently. So, the questions they would solve during a pre-exam revision are most probably similar to those they have set for the exam. Hence, you have a lot to gain by been serious with class revision and revising the revision during your solo revision. Group revision is good, especially when it deals with subject areas that you need to understand better. But if you are the type that still require time to assimilate on your own, you need not waste time in group revision.
- Solve Past Questions: The process of developing questions is a tedious one, because the examiner must also develop answers, similar answers in case of multiple choice questions and a marking scheme. To this end, teachers and examiners have archives of questions where they draw from whenever there is a need. What may change are the variables but the syllabus and pattern remain in the cycle. If you can solve all past question, say within the past ten sessions on a particular subject within the given time, you would be a stellar student.
- Prepare Well for Exams: Preparation is the main antidote for failure. In fact, not preparing is in itself a preparation to fail. No matter the level you are at, you must prepare well for exams. Part of preparation is to have all the items you need in the examination hall with you, including your wrist watch. The quality of your preparation will distinguish you when results come out. Prepare with focus and concentration, avoid all forms of distraction. Prepare with a plan, not haphazardly. Prepare confidently and adequately not shoddily or fearfully. Turn off the TV and prepare, you will soon be watched on TV. Study, prepare, bleed if you may, one day, your name will be spoken of with a hush of admiration.
- Be Attentive to Instructions: Instruction is arguably the most important aspect of an examination. It starts from knowing the date and venue of a particular exam. Then it progresses to the mode of entering the exam hall. What are the things you are not allowed to enter the exam hall with and what items are permitted? Further than that, pay attention to how you have to register your presence and entering your identity(name, number, subject, etc.) on the answer space. Read the front page instruction carefully, know where you should use pencil or biro or where you cannot write. Know how many questions you are to answer and the time allowed. Listen carefully to oral instructions being passed by the invigilators. Know the mode of submission and exiting the exam hall. Before submission, check again that you have written your name and number correctly.
- Face Exams with Confidence: I have seen brilliant students who allowed exam fever to overwhelm them in the exam hall and they found it difficult to remember what they had studied. Don’t allow such to happen to you. Having prepared adequately, approach your exam with an aura of confidence. Believe you can and you will! It’s actually better to get there confident, that helps your brain to efficiently retrieve any stored information on demand. But if you are scared, know that, what you are scared of is also scared of you. Overcome that fear by doing what you have to do. Tell yourself, "I am going inside that exam hall to blast the questions". "I can do it!" "Yes I can!"
- Pray for God’s Help: Finally I believe this is how you start and end it all. Having done your best, hand over the the rest to God in prayer. He is interested in your success more than any one else, and He has helped you this far. Let God hear your voice of appreciation and request to see your efforts through to a successful results.
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