In India, every year, Starting of summertime is a tough time for every student and their parents not because of summer, the reason is exams.
I won’t put stress on a thing that Indian parents put so much of it on their child to get good marks.
Learning is important, but a different child needs different time and a different way of learning.
So to enhance the students learning journey, here are some tips that will help them surely.
As we know, Academic stress is commonly experienced by most of the students. However, there is no shortcut to hard work. so, it is important for the student to effectively organize or manage their time and adopt systematic study strategies/planning from the beginning of the academic year.
TIPS FOR ACADEMIC READING…
- Find your best time, preferably when you feel more energetic, focused, and, relaxed to deal with a difficult topic.
- Choose a quiet, uncluttered place to study.
- Keep all the required materials close at hand.
- Start each study session with 10 minutes of review of the most recent material you read. This reinforces previous learning and boosts your confidence.
- Remember the SQ3R rule for studying — Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review (Regular Revision).
- Makes notes to organize your answer better.
Steps To Improve Concentration:
- Actively participate in class by asking questions in your mind or to the teacher
- At home, always reserve a block of time to study. Also, vary the subjects you study in each session.
- Eat, Exercise, and rest adequately. Try to practice some relaxation.
- Avoid studying when you are tired, bored, or upset.
- Major reasons for forgetting are stress, anxiety, lack of revision, and memorizing without understanding the subject.
- Summarizing what you have learned in your own words is an effective way to retain the information.
- Explaining a topic to the friend, having a Q & A session among friends, and focused group study helps.
- Reading the same topic/information from different authors in different ways enables better understanding and thus better retention of the material.
- Connect the material too early known information or to a mental image i.e. pictures or numbers.
- Use mnemonics techniques such as acronyms(using the first letter of each word to form a word), Acrostics(using the first letter of each word to make a sentence), chunking(dividing items small chunks or groups) and Rhyming(singing formulas or equations to the tune of your favorite song) are also helpful.
Dealing with exams
- Start yourself with familiarizing your self with the syllabus and the previous year’s question paper. Make a realistic study time table based on your level of preparation and stick to it.
- Identify your negative thought and try to replace them with positive, more realistic and helpful thoughts
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle i.e healthy food, adequate sleep, and regular exercise.
- Do the relaxation exercise to keep tension level low.
- Focus on the exam rather than the result and engage in positive self-talk. Also, take up practice tests by timing yourself for the previous year’s question papers. This helps to allocate time wisely to different types of questions.
- While writing the exam, take deep breathe and give yourself some positive suggestions. if you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t think your paper is not going well or you gonna fail. In that case, go to the next question and come back later to the unanswered question.
- Avoid discussing paper after the exam with your friend if it creates anxiety or makes you nervous. try to focus on the next paper even if you have not written today or previously well.
Remember… Exams and results are important but your result is not your identity.
Enhancing your motivation
Motivation does not last long when you don’t perform certain things while preparing for an exam hence I suggest you do below task to stay motivated in your journey.
Set a specific long-range goal, break it into smaller steps, and praise yourself for having achieved each step. Make yourself accountable by having a friend or parents to monitor your progress
BRING your ‘motivated’ image to mind as you take up challenging activities. Believe in yourself and Think Positive. This will feel great when the task is done.
Learn how to develop a positive attitude towards frustration and failure. Remember that satisfaction comes as much from pursuing goals as from achieving them.
DEAL WITH PROCRASTINATION…
Taking action generates the drive for further action; once you start the work you will probably realize that it is not hard as you had imagined. The work does not have to be perfect every time. when you hate it, try to make it as enjoyable as possible!
The Exam is not Life And Don’t Fear From Failure.