A. Lincoln said: “If I have 6 hours to cut a tree, of them I will sharpen an ax for 4 hours.” After reading the recommendations of this article, you "sharpen" your skill in preparing for the exam, spending much less time on the process itself. And you don’t have much, so let's get started!
The student’s easiest way to a successful session begins with active work during the semester. If you learn at least a small portion of the material for a couple, this will greatly facilitate the process of preparing for the exam. Although I was not a supporter of active work during the semester and had the habit of letting off couples - during the session I had to regret it a little. But if during the semester you hacked - do not worry. You can prepare for any student exam in 3-4 days, and in extreme cases - in a day. In this case, a rating of “excellent” is unlikely to be obtained. But who knows?
Forget the signs
In the days when I was a student, many classmates observed well-known student signs - do not cut your hair before putting in, put a nickle in shoes, call a freebie out of the window ... Signs are fun, but you should not focus on them and believe in them - focus on on the study of the material and its repetition.
Charge the brain
During the entire period of preparation for the exam, eat more foods that stimulate the brain and improve memory. These products include:
- egg yolk
- green tea
- bitter chocolate
How to better prepare for the exam: 17 tips to increase your effectiveness
Styer's strategy involves quick preparation for the exam: there is not much time left, you need to take yourself by the scruff of the neck and sit down for textbooks. So, recommendations on how to prepare for the exam in a week:
1. Make a training plan by evenly distributing the load for the time that you have at your disposal. Leave for force majeure for two days. If everything goes according to plan, dedicate them to repeating what you have learned.
2. Take a look at the exam tickets, highlight topics that you know or at least have an idea about them (you didn’t skip all the lectures and seminars?). Highlight the questions in which you, as they say, are not in the tooth with your foot. Based on this, allocate time for preparation.
3. Check if you have the materials to prepare all the tickets. On what issues are not enough lectures and other materials? Highlight these topics as problematic and prioritize the search for the necessary information: in the library, on the Internet, among classmates, undergraduates, and student managers. Feel that time is running out? None of the classmates want to share materials from the seminars? Urgently, without delaying the last day, order examination tickets at Studlance. Not necessarily everything, just order the problem ones. While the students will prepare them, you can safely learn the rest of the tickets.
4. Check if you have access to the exam or need to work out something, write some essay, laboratory ... If necessary, put in priorities and immediately start closing the gaps! Perhaps it makes sense to seek urgent help from a student manager.
5. Starting to study tickets, try to make the most of the knowledge gained during the semester. Remember, strain the skull. Less stupid cramming, more thoughtful analysis of materials. Yes, there is not much time, but still you have more than one night before the exam, so try to delve into the material. To quickly prepare for the exam, use the association method, draw up diagrams.
6. Do not dwell on one question. In the early days, when it seems that there is still a lot of time ahead, there is a temptation to study one topic for half a day. Therefore, you need a plan. And in order not to get out of it, you can use the timer.
7. By the way, using a timer helps concentrate well. Concentration is exactly what you need right now.
8. Hence the following principle: "I'm in the house!". In order to better prepare for the exam, ask your family or dorm roommates (depending on where you live) so as not to be distracted. Yes, and turn off, finally, Skype!
9. Get out of the house to check each other with friends. Play as an examiner and studentchanging roles. But do not get carried away, this method is not so much a study as consolidation of knowledge.
10. Consider personal biorhythms. Your energy reserves are not endless, and there is not much time. At a time when you are at your peak, study the most complex topics that require attention and concentration. Periods of energy recession are best devoted to the repetition and study of additional materials.
11. The motivation of the styers is not bad, as they are spurred by an adrenaline whip. But many sway for a long time, as there is a temptation to leave for the last days. No “tomorrow” and “three more days”! Get involved in the work according to plan, fine yourself for cowardice and idleness. Reward for clearly fulfilling and advancing the plan. Include game elements in the preparation, treat the preparation of the exam as passing the quest in your favorite game. Each ticket learned is an artifact found. Collect all the artifacts to pass the exam and pump skill!
12. Beware of multitasking. Spraying on different things, you reduce work efficiency. It is much better if you are completely immersed in the study of a specific issue, as in the Mariana Trench. Learned - surfaced. But not before.
13. Try not to prepare in parallel for other exams and tests. Again, so as not to burden the brain with multitasking. A student-styer, unlike a marathon runner, needs to study all the material for a very limited time, therefore it’s better to do just one exam preparationcompletely concentrating on it.
14. But sports and walks can and should be allocated time even in this week of intense study. Devote 1 - 2 hours a day to physical education, walks in the fresh air, physical work. It unloads the brain, switches to a different mode of activity. Such rest during intensive preparation for the exam is much more useful than reading, playing games and even watching movies. Books, magazines, a computer, the Internet, a TV in one way or another require processing information, which means connecting intellectual reserves of the brain. He needs to relax during the rest.
15. Do not overwork, go to the goal evenly. Be sure to sleep 7 to 9 hours a day, you are not a sprinter who needs to learn a thousand Chinese characters during the night. Lack of sleep threatens with a loss of concentration and a decrease in intellectual skills.
16. Proper nutrition is a must. In order not to fall into sleepy bliss, do not overload the stomach. But you can not starve. Eat healthy brain stimulating foods. Breakfast is a must, it charges with energy for the whole day, sets the tone for the body (including the brain).
17. Cope with stress and anxiety will help meditation and breathing exercises. By the way, these activities help to concentrate well. When setting out to study, apply autogenous training. In a simplified form, something like this: “I'm smart. I'm smart. I have a great memory. I can handle this quest! ”
Be prepared strictly according to the list of questions
As 5 years of my student life showed, the exam always had exactly those questions that are on the lists for preparation. And such a list was required. As a rule, questions cover no more than 50% of the material studied, and it makes no sense to spend time studying the rest. If time is running out, your task is to find out a little, but for each of the questions presented. So you will have a chance to show the teacher that you are quite familiar with the subject and you will certainly not leave without evaluation.
How many days do you have to prepare and how many questions are on the list? Depending on this, break the process evenly into each of the remaining days. If there are topics on the list that you know perfectly well, immediately cross them out. Focus better on topics on which you have little knowledge.
When there are only a few days before the exam - forget about the rest and do not spare yourself. You will have time to relax and have fun when the session is behind. If you relax now, you can go to retake and spoil your well-deserved rest. Do you need it? It is better to surrender without a trace now, and then rest in full. This also applies to sleep - during preparation, sacrifice sleep - you will have time to sleep off even after the session. Moreover, not to sleep for a student is a common thing. Get up as early as possible in the morning to have time to do most of the morning, because mental abilities worsen in the evening.
How to prepare for the exam
So, there is a list of questions, there are several days left, let's first distribute the load.
Suppose you have 3 days, and a list of 100 questions, 10 of which are deleted, because already know the answers to them. Thus, you need to have time to learn 30 questions a day. We take for calculation such a figure, because I usually prepared in this mode, but if you have more days left, that's great! In any case, even 30 questions per day is absolutely real - you just need not to feel sorry for yourself and forget about the entertainment.
What you need:
- notebook with pen
- laptop / computer with internet access
- lecture book
- textbook on this subject
The most important thing is to properly distribute your strength. If we take into account the need to learn 30 questions per day, then giving an hour to each of them will definitely not work, you need to calculate everything in advance. If now is the middle of the day, or evening, then for today, select fewer questions, scattering the rest on other days. But get up early in the morning, this is very important. The feeling that by the middle of the day most of the work has already been completed is priceless.
24 hours a day. Of these, at least seven you need to sleep, we will allocate 3 hours for rest and food: a total of 14 hours (i.e. 840 minutes) remain. 840/30 = 28 minutes for each question, maximum. But if you need to learn more or less in a day, recount and determine the exact time that can be allocated to each question.
At your disposal should be a desktop, silence in the room and no distractions. If you live in a hostel - ask your friends not to touch you or rinse off in a public library and study in silence.
So that you roughly represent the internal state with which you need to prepare for the exam - remember the boxing match. The gong sounds, the athletes start the battle, and for them the whole world ceases to exist. There is only an opponent, the installation in the head and all attention is focused on the ring. Studying each question should be such a duel for you, or rather a round - turn on the stopwatch, focus only on the material being studied, and forget that there is a world around you. There is only you and your question. If you catch such a “wave”, then you will click questions like seeds.
By the way, using a stopwatch is a classic trick from time management. When you limit yourself in time - your brain is set to complete the task in the allotted time. Remember that it is not necessary to study every question perfectly! You need to learn it as much as you have enough time, and immediately move on to the next. If there is no restriction - one topic can be procrastinated for an entire hour - and in the end you can’t even manage to learn half of the list (and on the ticket you’ll get something that you didn’t teach).
We will proceed from the fact that you have 28 minutes to ask what you need to be in time for this time?
Search for material on the topic (2-3 minutes). If you have a lecture on this issue - teach on it. If not, according to the textbook (the main thing is that there should be a clear answer, without water). If there is no textbook or it is very vague there, then find the answer on the Internet, and proceed.
Reading material on the subject (10-15 minutes). Read concentratedly, without trying to automatically remember the material, but ponder what you read, note key points for yourself. Just remembering the answers will not work - too much material, but learning how to understand is the main goal. Most of what is written in a book or on the Internet is water, and about 20% is valuable information that will come in handy when answering. When reading, try to distinguish the main from the secondary.
A brief record of key points in a notebook (3-5 minutes). You will definitely need a pen with a notebook. The most basic topic needs to be written down, for example, a couple of definitions, a summary of the main points, formulas, last names, dates and events, etc. Recording has several important reasons:
- written is remembered better than just read. You will give a kind of command to the brain on what exactly you need to focus attention,
- on these records you at the end of the day repeat what you’ve done,
- You will create a kind of "anchor" that will help you remember the answer. It happens that when you look at a ticket you don’t remember anything at all. It is in this case, if you manage to recall a couple of lines that were recorded, this will help to remember the rest of the material studied on the topic.
Try to keep within the set time, but if it doesn’t work out, proceed to the next question. Follow the plan clearly, and by evening (or by late at night) you will have knowledge on all the issues that have been selected to date. This is victory.
It will take more time for some topic, less for some topic, but don't let it scare you. As we already said, it is more important to know a little on each issue than in detail - on half of the list.
The preparation process is more conveniently divided into several groups. It was convenient for me to teach in groups of 10 questions - it turned out several 4-hour classes with an hour break.
Find your motivation
A session is hard, especially if time is short, and during the semester you didn’t bother much. But you can ease your task if you think carefully, why do you need an assessment in the set-off?
For me, the motivation was not to lose the scholarship, because I was on the “budget” and went through and received a scholarship for the presidential program for several semesters - 8800 rubles for 2012-2013 were good money for the student. In addition, the first exams passed "perfectly" and therefore decided that I would take the course for the red diploma, which in the end was given to me.
So what are you willing to work for? Maybe your parents are proud of you? Or do you think that grades will help you find a good job? Or really do not want to get into the army before it should be? If you find a good reason for yourself, it will help you stay when your strength is running out and there is a long preparation ahead.
What thoughts should I go to the exam
What grade will be in the grade will not help you find a good job or successfully pass an interview. I work in my specialty, but at the interview nobody was interested in either my diploma or my grades.
Why, then, study, take exams?
In order to learn how to set goals, and achieve them. For a short time be able to process a large amount of material. Learn to distinguish the main from the secondary. Develop, not stand still.
Therefore, going to the exam, remember that the grade you received will not help you in the future, and the skills you have gained will help. Go with confidence and don't worry about anything.
I dare not take the time from you anymore - devote it to work on questions. Good luck to you!