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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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