Preparing for Prelims
When it comes to preparing for your prelims, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. As exam dates draw closer, it’s important to know how to best manage your time and prepare well. Here are a few tips to help you prepare better.
Start by creating a study plan and decide how much time you need to spend on each subject. Some subjects will require more work than others because of the level of difficulty, the quantity of material or the nature of the content. Also think about the best time of day for focusing on a particular subject.
Understand your learning style
Understanding your learning style can help you find your weaknesses and strengths. This can prevent wasting time by giving you a way to study smarter rather than harder. While each style of learning uses a different part of your brain, they're all very effective- the trick is figuring out which one applies to you.
You can take the learning style quiz here.
Establish a study place
Tidy your desk so that you can work comfortably and try to eliminate distractions. If you have many family members in your household, it can be challenging setting up a study place- but, it’s not impossible. Consider using noise cancelling earphones or earplugs when studying. This can help you to work effectively in a noisy environment. You can also schedule your study time at night when everyone goes to bed, especially on weekends when you don’t have to go to school/classes the following day.
Discipline is important
Staying disciplined when preparing for prelims helps you stay on top of your game. It also helps you manage your work in a planned manner, so you can be well prepared and feel less anxious for the exams.
Consider study groups
Once you feel you’ve mastered a topic, you can practise on past exam papers. This practice will help reinforce what you know. It’ll also help you identify any gaps or weaknesses in your understanding of the topic. You may find it useful to form a small study group, where answers can be compared and discussed.
Rest is good for your brain. It’s important to get a full eight hours sleep each night and avoid studying til’ the early hours without adequate rest time. Sleep is vital for exam success.
Everyone gets nervous before an exam, and any exam season can be extremely stressful. It’s important to be on top of your game and mindful of what’s needed for you to conquer this prelim season. I wish you all the best, Choma!
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