During scary situations, I am pretty sure, “how to prepare well for exams” is the last thing which could come up in your mind. But once the expected lock-down will occur another e-learning program is waiting for the students. If you are a learner, it is important to note that the academic year is still in effect. Your responsibility to remain focused on your studies will drastically increase.
7 Simple steps to prepare well for exams during expected lock-down:
As a learner, you will always feel that you are in a constant race against the clock when exams are near. First of all, it is an unequivocally proven fact that every learner deserves the chance to study at his own pace. Secondly, it is important to keep in mind your life goals. Remember that, the exams you are going to take will contribute positively to securing a better future or enabling you to excel in your career.
Do not worry if you follow the following fabulous QQ’s tips on preparation of examination during a pandemic, as a learner it means that you will be using your lockdown effectively.
1- Take care of yourself:
If you want to prepare well for your exams during the pandemic, you need to do rest during the night so that you would have the energy for your daily online class. Late-night movies, tv, or playing games negatively affect your mental health as it drains your daytime energy which you need for studying. If you are worried about the pandemic and how it has impacted your life, find ways to reduce anxiety such as physical activity or talking to an adult you trust.
2- Make a timetable or plan time effectively:
School classrooms are designed to cater to the pace of an average student. This lockdown will give you a chance not just to cover the topics you would have normally covered, but also potentially covering your whole curriculum at a superficial level, making the content a lot easier to absorb when going through it again later. Your study space should be tidy, quiet, and away from distractions especially from a mobile phone. If you want to prepare well for your exams, it is crucial to discipline your work even at home.
3- Make a study group:
Self-study often becomes boring or complicated. If you feel that you have lost your motivation, create a WhatsApp group, or find a way to team up with your fellows who are serious about their studies. Share links to helpful videos set up question-and-answer sessions and share daily tips and alerts. However, remember that every study group needs rules – keep them small enough to manage and ask your friends and fellows not to flood the group with too many jokes, songs, and other things that can distract all the members.
4- Look for creative ways to study:
Believe me, you would have ample time to study during the lockdown. As most of the daytime you would be saving (traveling for school/college, taking those long lessons on topics which you already know, etc.). Apart from your teacher’s online resource utilize the internet. YouTube, Khan Academy, and Quora are such platforms that can surely provide you free online lessons and connect you with other learners. You can also contact the administration of qualifiedquest.com to provide you free resources for specific CAIE subjects.
5- Don’t hesitate to ask for support, especially now:
Look around yourself, try to tap the talent of others. For example, if any of your siblings or cousin is good in mathematics, ask to coach you for 30 minutes every day. Remember, that if you ask people for help, prove to them that you’re committed to doing well. If you agree to an hour of lesson from your teacher via WhatsApp or mobile phone or landline at home, show up on time, and prepared with questions.
6- Role of non-study activities in exam preparation:
Regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, helps improve your brain’s ability to learn. Another aspect is food, with the time-old cliche “you are what you eat”. Some nutrients are known to improve brain function and memory particularly include flavonoids (e.g. blueberries), choline (e.g. chicken, eggs, almonds), and omega-3 (e.g. salmon, mackerel and walnuts).
7- Do not get expose to lot of news for few months:
Before you can do any effective study, you need to massively reduce the amount of news you are exposed to. Just as you are what you eat, you are also what you read, and reading too much news is a surefire way to drive up your anxiety and freeze your ability to get anything done
Sometimes a painful situation teaches us lessons that we didn’t think we needed. Let this pandemic be a lesson for life which will reshape the world with meaningful purposes. I am sure if you set a target each day to tackle a particular subject and prioritize your revision, this will avoid unnecessary stress at exams time. Focus on your effort and embrace this challenge. Believe in yourself: you are capable of achieving your goals. In every success story lie these key factors – determination, willpower, and hard work.