Examinations can be easy or difficult, depending on the way you plan for your examinations. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Planning is an important stage in everyone’s lives. You plan for an outing and decide on the places to go. You plan your timetable daily and you plan to play an hour of Halo 3 tonight from 10pm to 11pm. You plan to sleep at 11pm, or your mother plans for you to sleep at 11pm. Planning is undeniably important so that you can make sure you have covered everything.
How then, do you go about planning your examinations and what qualities do you need to succeed in planning for your examinations?
The first question many people ask is how early should I prepare myself for the examinations? It depends on the consistency of yourself and the number of subjects that you have to take. For my university examinations lam bang dai hoc, I normally plan 3 – 4 weeks of studying time, and that is if I have been consistently following tutorials and lectures. If you are someone who hasn’t been consistent with your work, you probably need a few weeks more to brush up on your foundation. You must also be willing to stick to your plan, else everything will fail.
When I plan, I print out the a monthly calender with the examination dates written on it. Then I start by counting the number of days I have from now till the examinations, and I divide my time equally. If you are weaker in another subject, you may have to sacrifice time off from studying your best subject and dedicating it to your weaker ones.
If you have been consistently following up on your lessons, your foundations should be good enough. Thus you can spend your time practicing on past year papers so that you can get a feel of how good you are. Do remember to time yourself sometimes so that you know how fast you can complete a certain paper. Past year papers from the ten year series, as well as school papers from other schools are recommended.
Do remember that it is better to work on harder questions, than to work on easy ones and think you got it right, only to be complacent and flunk the examination.
Another tip that everyone should already know is to study for a particular examination when you are going for it the next day. For example, if tomorrow’s your chemistry paper, study chemistry and not physics. If you have two papers on the same day, do make sure you are able to complete all your studies on time!