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Monday, 31 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 9

AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY DISTRACTIONS

Do not allow distractions to interfere with your study session. This might include any distractions in the room, people, noise or technology. Distractions are detrimental to study time, because you lose concentration. Your brain needs to switch its attention from studying to something else every time something interrupts or distracts you from your work. It makes it more difficult for your brain to prioritize the information and retain the information that way. Very few people can actually successfully multitask, despite what they think.

Do not let social media, your cell phone or the television distract you.
Listening to music may become a distraction when studying if you pay more attention to the catchy rhythm or the lyrics, instead of your study material. However, the effect music has on the performance of individuals varies greatly. Studies have shown that it did aid the memory performance of individuals with ADD/ADHD.
If you have the need to listen to music while studying you should either listen to soft instrumental music, or classical music as research has proven it to be most effective - it allows the brain to be more receptive to receive new information. Another alternative might be to listen to recorded sounds of nature such as rain, forest sounds and the ocean – it will assist your brain in staying active and prevent other background noises from distracting you.


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Friday, 28 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 8

SUFFICIENT LIGHT AND AIR VENTILATION IS REQUIRED

For an optimal study venue there should be enough light and oxygen. Open the curtains or window coverings during day time, as well as the window. Switch on the head lights at night and add lamps if necessary.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 7

FIND A SUITABLE PLACE TO STUDY

Study in an environment that is tidy and orderly, where you are comfortable in, and with a quiet ambience. You should be able to concentrate properly when you study and the space in which you study should not distract or hinder you.

It is also preferable to alternate between various places of study, as it improves retention of information in the brain. The reason behind this is because the brain associates the information you learn with background sensations. By changing the location your brain is able to perceive more clearly new sensations and absorb new information.

It might be a good idea, if possible, to study early in the morning in a library, and later on in a study room. 

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 6

ADAPT YOUR STUDY TECHNIQUE ACCORDING TO THE EXAM FORMAT

Ask your teacher what the format for the test or exam will be and how it will be graded. This might be valuable to know how to prepare for the exam – whether questions will be short facts, multiple choice, or longer essay type questions.

Working through past exam papers will give you an indication of the type of questions and the format of the exam.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 5

SCHEDULE STUDY AND BREAK TIMES

Start to study in advance so that you don’t feel like you need to cram the work the night before the exam. It is ineffective in trying to learn a large amount of material in such a short time and will only produce high levels of anxiety. It is proven to be much more beneficial to study in many shorter intervals and going over the work multiple times. This is especially true for theoretical subjects with much data and facts. Subjects that are more practical requires more time to practise.

Do not study for long uninterrupted sessions. Divide your time in short intervals of 20 - 25 minutes, with 5 - 10 min breaks. The process should be repeated for 3 times and then a much longer break of 30 - 45 minutes should be taken. Breaks are important as it releases strain on the brain and allows your brain to process the information that it has just taken in.

Do not to split up concepts or topics across study intervals just because it is time to break. It is much better to finish it before you break as you will then know and remember it as a whole. 

If it is truly impossible to cover all the work due to lack of time, then only study portions that are most relevant and that you will be able to answer in the exam.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 4

MANAGE YOUR TIME APPROPRIATELY

Make studying a part of your daily routine. Set out specific times to study every day, and appoint specific subjects or topics of a subject to specific times. It will eventually become a habit. 

If you did not commit to your study plan or did not start on time with your schedule, do not put it off or leave it until later, start immediately as you will only fall further behind!

Study when you have the chance, even if it is for a short period. These short study periods eventually add up to many hours. 

Create a balanced study plan. This will ensure sufficient time to study a subject in its entirety. You will much more likely perform better in your exams than cramming all the work in a short period of time. 

When setting up your study plan, it is important to remember that the human brain is in its most active state between 5 am to 8 am in the morning and between 7 pm to 11 pm during the evening. When you study during these hours your brain has the maximum retention power.
Also, do not force yourself to study when you are extremely tired. It's better to get a good night's sleep after studying for a short time than to wear yourself out. You will most likely drop in performance the next day as you won't remember much.

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 3

TAKE GOOD NOTES IN CLASS

Take good class notes, as this will help you when you study. Make notes of important information the teacher gives that is not in a text book, also of everything else that is written on the board or put up on slides. Record as much as possible from the class, but do not let taking notes distract you that you forget to listen to what is actually being said. Review your notes after class, as it will reinforce the information that was presented.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 2

PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS


Pay attention in class, as this will help you immensely in exams. Listen carefully for hints that teachers might give on work that is more important or less important. Sometimes they might place emphasis on certain words or concepts that are applicable in the exam. They might also explain difficult topics so that it is easy to understand and remember. Be an active learner in class - The more you absorb in class the less studying you'll need to do afterwards.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 1

SET STUDY GOALS AND PLAN AHEAD

Determine the dates of your exams and insert it into your calendar. It is important to set up a schedule and have dedicated time slots for study, revision work through past exam papers.
Plan various study and review sessions at least a week in advance of each exam, rather than leaving all the work to study in one session the day before the exam.


Read through each subject’s programme and its outcomes to get an overview of the work to be studied.


Set specific study goals and outlines what needs to be done. Your schedule may be more flexible further away from exams, but it should become more concrete as the exams approach.


Your study plan should be logical and realistic. Less time should be appointed to work that is easy so that sufficient time remains for work that is more difficult and requires a lot of study and practise. 


Allocate some time to do practice exam papers, because it will indicate whether you have mastered the work or not and whether you need further study on certain sections.

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Monday, 10 October 2016

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