Discover how to pass your exams with flying colors
Examinations are a regular part of the school, college and
university environment, which is considered to be a flexible
form of learning and teaching process that aims at investigation
of a student's knowledge of a particular subject.
However, nothing makes students gloomier than the prospect of
exams. Even the word examination itself makes students shudder.
There are no doubts that for the majority of students
examinations are something like death, which has the unpleasant
inevitability to be faced sooner or later. Exam inevitability
often creates a great deal of tension, and can become a cause of
procrastination, work block, anxiety, and panic attacks,
especially, when students feel overloaded by the amount of work
they are required to accomplish.
To say nothing of countless hours of sitting for examinations
that is accompanied by cramming, sleepless nights, and very
often turns out to be very distressing and debilitating. Indeed,
different people deal with exams in different ways. Some people
may seem to be able to handle with the pressure; others get
agitated, anxious, bad-tempered, and can even become seriously
ill and depressed.
However, despite all this, one thing holds really true:
examination period is challengeable, but it is not the end of
Remember that you should be responsible for your own learning.
Hence, your examination success is in your hands, and in many
respects it depends on your ability to focus on active learning,
to schedule your time sensibly, and to organize your working
So don't take exams lightly, putting off revision on the very
last day, and entrusting your examination grades to your lucky
chance, after all exams is not an appropriate case to check how
lucky you are. Whilst you don't want to be caught off guard and
confused on the spur of the moment, as leaving revision too late
is an excellent recipe for stress and anxiety.
Be sure to stick to these simple and effective examination
techniques, which will help you pass your examinations with
flying colours. Remember that with careful planning and
preparation exams can become nothing more than a question and
* Elaborate your revision program in good time before your exams
Organize your time wisely. Be sure to allocate time for
revision, relaxing and enjoying yourself sensibly. Be realistic
about time that you can spend revising. Bear in mind that you
need a balance between your revision time and the rest of your
life. You need rest, and variety. So try to break your workload
down into manageable chunks, combining working periods with
And what is the most important begin studying early, with an
hour or two per day, increasing this time as exams approach.
* Plan how you will use your time during your revision period
Your plan should include what, when and how you are going to
prepare for your examination. Try to produce a day-by-day
List all the topics you're going to cover during your revision
process, make up your mind what order to learn them in, and how
much time you can manage on each topic. Be realistic about your
time, and always remember about your deadlines. A good revision
strategy is to set priorities. Evaluate the importance of each
block of information that you're going to revise, think it over
what topics are compulsory for you to revise, and what subjects
you already know.
* Involve in active learning
Reading is a passive way of learning, while writing is an active
studying technique, which is considered to be highly productive.
Plunge into the text you're reading, and ask yourself: "What is
the most important to remember from this section?" Make notes
while you read and underline the key concepts in the text.
Mix easy and difficult topics, interesting and dull while you
revise. Try to work in a comfortable environment, to remove any
distractions, and to find out where you work best. Don't forget
to interrupt your study time with planned study breaks.
* Make your revision process effective
Don't learn parrot fashion. Researches have shown that a person
recalls meaningful information better and easier. That's why you
1) Associate newly learnt concepts with what you already know.
As you are reading try to link what you are studying with what
you already know, with something that is meaningful to you. 2)
Elaborate upon new information with your own examples. 3) Revise
material in small chunks; don't try to cover all the information
in one sitting. 4) Information is memorized better when it is
represented in an organized framework. Group information into
categories; write an outline or a summary. 5) Use as many visual
aids as possible; make a practical use of drawings, tables,
graphs extensively in your revision process. 6) People are more
likely to remember things that go in some certain sequence, so
that one thing triggers another element.
* Organize your working place sensibly
Many students are fully versed in importance of time management
in the process of preparation for their exams; however, quite a
few is acquainted with the importance of organising their
working places wisely.
Be sure to divide your room into two areas: your working space
that can be near your desk or table with papers, books,
photocopies on it, all in all, everything you need for studying,
and a place for relaxation, where you can look aside from
studying, taking a nap, watching TV, or listening to music. Get
used to indulge in work only in your working area, and to switch
off in your relaxation zone. Physical separation of your working
place from your relaxation area will make it easer for you to do
Bear in mind that doing well in exams not only depends on your
knowledge, but also on how good you are at revising and handling
the actual exam.
One can say that the exam is a lottery, where a large proportion
of success depends on your lucky chance. Though, luck can let us
down in the most unsuitable moment. So, I don't offer you to
count on it. The most reliable way to pass an exam is a thorough
and profound preparation.
Remember that an exam is a kind of a contest between you and
your examiner, where you have to come out a winner.