Examination is very important in schools and academic institutions. Though, it is said that examination is not the true text of knowledge, it remains a veritable means through which the knowledge of a student can be tested or through which teacher ascertain whether students understand the subject matters they are taught in the class or not. It is also given for certification purposes. Students are given exams at the end of a program to certify that they have successfully completed the program. Examination also helps the teacher to assess his teaching methods and teaching or instructional materials. If the teaching method as well as the instructional materials used by teachers are not good, it will be discovered at the end of examination. So, the importance of examination in academics cannot be overemphasized. In you are student in any education institution or you are following a program in an educational institution, it is good that you prepare for your exam very well so that at the end of the program you will come out in flying colors.
Many students fail in examination not because they are not intelligent but because they don't prepare well for it or they do not know how to prepare well for an examination. If you are looking to examination, here are some tips to apply to enable you prepare very well for the exam and come out in flying colours.
Don't wait until the exam day to start preparing
This is one mistake some students make. They will not start reading their books on time until few days to examination. This is not the best approach to examination. Once you are following an academic program, you should have it at the back of your mind that at the end of the program, you will be examined. So, you should start from day to start reading. The exam period is the period to do revision. If you wait till few days before the exams, it will be difficult for you. You may end overworking yourself. This may even cause you to breakdown.
Study with pen and a sheet of paper
When you are reading, write down important points. After reading a topic, try to summarize what you have read. If you are able to write down few summary of what you have read, it means that you have understood the subject matter.
Understand the topics and explain them in your own words
After reading a topic, close the book and try to explain what you have read to yourself. Don't assume that you have learnt what you have read. If you are able to explain what you have read to yourself, then you have understood the subject matter. What you are to remember when you close your book and try to explain it to yourself is what you have learnt. You have not learnt any point that you have forgotten. Go back and read those points that you are not able to remember in order to learn.
Don't over work yourself
Indeed, you have to be hard working in order to be successful in your exam. But this does not mean that you should over work yourself. You may likely breakdown or even fall sick when you over work yourself. So, it is important that you read to the maximum capacity of your brain but not over laboring your brain.
Having time to do some exercise or recreational activities for few minutes when you are preparing for exam can be very helpful. It will help you to become healthy and active. When you are healthy and active, your brain will become more active and will be able to retain more.
Eat very well
This is very important. Don't skip meals. Make healthy choices. However, eating well here does not mean becoming a gluttony. If you eat too much, you will not be able to read very well. You will become very dull and may even tend to sleep anytime you want to read.
Ask for help
If there is any subject that you don't understand, you should not be ashamed to ask your fellow student who understands it to explain it more to you. You can even ask your teacher to explain it very well to you. In this well, you will master the subject.
Have discussions with your fellow students
When you have finished reading, you should try to have some discussions with other students on the subject matter to share views with them. As you are discussing with them, you will learn the subjects very well.
The above are some of the tips you should apply when you are preparing for exams.