Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Revision Tips for Board Exams

Everyone dreads revision. It exists to be despised. But there comes a time (or several times) in everyone's life when you have to do it to get where you want to in life.

Motivating yourself to revise is one of the toughest things you have to do at school. To make it worse, there is no immediate benefit: You have to sit there for hours on end, going through endless, illegible notes (most of which are probably incomplete) for an exam that is still some time away, and to get results that won't matter until months after you have sat the exam.

The fact is, though, that the exams do matter. The results do matter. Revision does matter. Now, we don't want to scare you (as one of the best ways to revise is to relax). But at least if you really put your mind to the revision, and then don't do as well as you expected, at least you will know you have given it your best. Otherwise, you may regret it for the rest of your life!

Remember also that everyone is on your side. If you need help, ask a teacher, ask your friends or your parents. It is also good to go to all the revision classes at school, even if you think you know it already

Adopt these three P’s technique to be cool and composed for taking your examinations

Tips begin:
I :Preparation:
1. Plan Ahead
Before you do any work, sit down and plan what you are going to do between now and exams. It is often a good idea to revise the areas you find most difficult first , get the m out of your way and build confidence in the subject. Creating a timetable is always useful, as your time now is precious, so make it work for you. If you cannot plan for yourself get the help of your parents, teachers, or peers to do it for you. Starting early will give you the stress free approach.

2. Make summary Reports.
Gather all your material for the topic area, reduce them into brief clear notes. Then summarise those, then again and again until you need only keywords to remember the whole topic. You can carry around the sheet wherever you go. An effective way to make sure you remember certain difficult things in order is invent some mnemonics ,for example VIBGYOR.

Understand how your memory works.

Some of us are better at remembering things than others. However, here is a trick that should help.

If you learn something new, in general it will already start fading in your memory after a few hours (about 90 % lost within the first 24 hours ) unless it is exciting. However, if you revise it again within the next four hours, it will take 24 hours before it stats fading. Revise again within the 24 hours period, it will lost for 4 days, then one and half weeks, then one month and so on.

By setting this revision schedule to make the most of this (learn something, revise it again in the next couple of days and so on )you will be using your memory to your advantage.

3. Put aside specific hours in days for revision.
If you set aside the hours in the day you are going to revise, and let everyone know what these are , you can make sure you are not disturbed. You can get into a revision pattern where your mind expects to be revising and it is therefore receptible to the material.

4. Try not to revise more than two subjects a day.
Don’t think you need to revise a whole topic at one go Going back the next day to finish revising the topic will renew your knowledge as well as keeping a fresh memory and hopefully help you retain the information longer.

5. Menu: Eat properly.
While you are using up energy for revising, it is important that you eat properly so that your body and mind are fit and ready for the exam. Milk, nuts high protein and bananas are good sources of energy. Avoid heavy food.

6. Take lot of breaks:
Your mind will only be able to concentrate well for a short periods of time , the first 15 minutes are supposed the best time. Make sure you stop for a few minutes ,every 30 minutes or so. During your break good things to do is to sit back for a few minutes, close your eyes, relax, just think about what you have just learnt.

7. Use Diagrams.
Visual stimulus is very important when trying to stay focused on your studies. Colourful pictures and writing will help you stay motivated to learn and also keep the material in your mind for longer.

8. Test yourself.
Take a test for yourself or ask someone administer one for you. If you cannot answer any of the questions note the topic down, so you can re learn it afterwards. Practice self assessment test and mock test to develop speed ,self confidence, and time management.

Revise for ‘yourself not for other’s sake’

You will probably have your friends boasting about how little revision they did last night, do not lose heart and have fears of being swat in the class .In fact however your friends are probably working, just as hard as you . In any case you know how much you know ,how much you need to revise, so just do it and don’t bother about the people around.

Don’t think you need to revise a whole topic on one go. Going back the next day to finish revise the topic will renew your knowledge as well as keeping a fresh mind and hopefully help you retain the information for longer time.

9. Try to sleep well

10. Don’t do any laborious work the evening before your exams

11. Get up in a relaxed form of mind on the days of examinations, browse through key words which you have prepared during your revision time.

12. At the time of leaving for examinations, check you have taken all the necessary things and your hall ticket

13. Reach the examination hall well in advance.

14. Relax and avoid distractions.

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