Celebrate your exams

    • Team NIE
    • Publish Date: Feb 3 2019 7:40PM
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    • Updated Date: Feb 3 2019 7:40PM
Celebrate your exams

The examination season is around. It is not the time to panic or develop performance anxiety but to focus and celebrate your learning. You have toiled day and night, put in earnest efforts, so why to worry? Remember, you are blessed only to put in hard work, rest lies with the almighty. So, have complete faith and develop self-belief.
Here, I find it imperative to share with you, certain tips so that you can translate your learning to scores. As Lee Bolman had said “A vision without a strategy remains an illusion”, so preparing for exams at the end moment is not a wise move at all. You have to strategically mix two modes of learning (exhaustive and intensive) to optimise your scores. Exhaustive technique is essential to broaden your spectrum of learning of any concept, while intensive technique helps you to get target oriented.

Set your targets realistically
Remember your targets should keep you motivated. Do not underrate or overrate yourself. When you underrate, you work for easily achievable targets. They do not optimise your potentials and when you overrate yourself you invite panic and self-depreciation.

  • If you plan and strategise wisely, it is not a difficult task to achieve good scores. Planning helps prioritise things.
  • It helps you break your syllabus into achievable targets; it keeps you self-charged and also does not let work get piled up.
  • It keeps pre-exam anxiety in check as you will be able to optimise your efforts and manage your subjects accordingly, saving you from last minute panic trips.
  • Adopt spiral revision technique. This technique helps you revise effectively throughout your study period. Keep building on your revision schedule.
Make effective study plan that suits you
Calculate the total number of lessons that there are for revision and divide the hours by total subjects through weighted method in terms of difficulty level. Allocate time for topics/sub topics and prepare them thoroughly.
Going through the previous year's paper will help you understand the underlying  pattern in terms of topics covered. Test yourself with mock papers; this will build your efficacy of answering questions, develop writing acumen and also check time limit.

Be exam ready
Now, simply being organised and putting in efforts will also not yield results if you are physically, emotionally and intellectually not balanced on the day of exam. Your status of mind plays a very vital role. So, on the day of the exam reach the examination centre in time so that you can save yourself from any panic. Practicing deep breathing will keep you positively charged. Kids often complain about going blank before the exam, which is quite normal. Do not get stressed if you feel that you are not able to recollect answers. It will come to you when you start attempting the paper. Even your approach while attempting the paper is of utmost concern. Use the reading time to decide how you will attempt the question. Don’t spend a lot of time on questions you are not sure of. You can revisit them later. An answer written with proper headings and explanations with neatly labelled diagram leaves a good impression.
Examination is to be celebrated as it qualifies you for a better future. So, do not waste your time and energy on worrying about the results, but instead multiply your focus and efforts without disturbing your normal life. Wish you all the best.




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