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Preparing for an Exam

BY Seshu 18 November 2015

Schedule time to study

The last minute mugging on the subject creates a confusion layer where many people feel their mind is looped with various answers when their brain is fetching for that one particular answer to solve a question. It's not a good idea to cram, whereas schedule your time appropriately for every exam you're going to take depending on the toughness of the subject.

Create your study space

Your private room or the space you set to study can help you perform better in the exams. Make sure you're getting sufficient light to study, the space you set don't catches sound of your television, the chair you have is comfortable and the space is free enough to spread all your books and other necessary stuff.

In addition to the above, try to keep anything away that melts your concentration including your mobile and laptop. Also see to the point which kind of ambience pumps your concentration levels up- for some a clean space without any noise helps and for some a space with light music playing in the background is all good.


List out all the points you know about a topic before you're getting started with and then look for the remaining that were missed. When you're closer to the exam date try to shrink the topic into a one page flow chart, diagram, table or other visuals which helps to remember topics more clearly.

Practising old tests

This is an old school method yet powerful in accessing your knowledge on a subject. Once you're done with all the chapters of a subject try practising the old test papers. They are helpful in finding the format of questions; alongside they make you know how much time you spend on each section.

Studying in a group

Group studies are immensely helpful in understanding topics where you're low at, and challenging yourself with your friends obviously comes in the way. If you know the answer, take your chance and explain it to your friends to filter how much accurate you are and where you have to work more.

Breaks are important

Totally falling over books without giving breaks makes' your brain succumb to stress. Get rid of tensions and take regular breaks whenever you're studying to freshen up your mind. Create a study routine where you can fit in evidently. If you're good at mornings, get up early and start studying with timely breaks and if you're a night owl keep your day stress-less to reinforce your night studies.

Food to stimulate brain

Snack on food that boosts your energy and brain. Try choosing foods like fish, nuts, spinach, seeds, eggs, yogurt, avocados, blueberries and grapes during your preparation time and keep yourself distanced from junk food to avoid unnecessary health problems. Follow the same on exam day too - get a good meal to keep yourself energized throughout the exam.

Plan your exam day

Set your things ready before the exam day itself to bring ease in the day. If the exam spot is far from your home, make a practice journey and reach the destination on time in the exam day. Also check out rules, regulations, what you need to carry and what you are not supposed to.