What NOT to do during exam time
So end year exams are just around the corner, some of you may have even started writing. Exams can be a serious pain, but they’re not going away anytime soon – all this is a build up to your all-important matric exams. Instead of seeing the negative, rather see exams as your opportunity to shine, to test what you’ve learned this year and to give those brain muscles a good workout. Attitude defines everything.
Apart from embracing a positive attitude to exams and NOT being negative or putting ourselves down. What other habits should we avoid during this period?
1. Don’t panic
Yes, exams are stressful but if you get anxious or panic your memory might not be what it should be. Be serious about your studies but also have fun. If you find yourself feeling anxious, take a short break and go for a walk or get some exercise. The exercise will increase blood flow and give you the energy to keep going.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If there is a concept or material you’re struggling with, don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or even your fellow student for help. Why not get your friends together for a study group?
3. Don’t skip out on meals or sleep
Taking good care of yourself is super important, but even more so during exam times. Make sure you get plenty of rest and eat nutritious meals. Food like eggs, bananas, fruit and nuts are great brain food and will give you extra energy as well for those long study sessions.
4. Don’t wait till the last minute to study
Chomas, this is the worst thing you can do. Trying to force all the material into your head at the last minute will leave you stressed out, tired and worst of all, you won’t remember anything anyway. Instead, draw up a proper well-spaced out study plan long before your exams. Give yourself time to go through the material slowly and carefully, so that you understand everything. Also, give yourself enough time to practise and work through the material, not just read it. This is extra important for subjects like Maths and Science where you have difficult problems to work through.
5. Don’t procrastinate
We’ve all done this, that pre-exam procrastination by cleaning your room, doing laundry, absolutely anything to avoid studying. Trust me chomas, you do not need to create the perfect study corner to get things done. Stop, focus, and good luck!
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