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There's no denying that the high levels of tension and worry accompany examinations.

There's no denying that the high levels of tension and worry accompany examinations. This tension, along with the stress and ongoings of daily life, may be quite exhausting for students. When we have a lot to learn but just a limited amount of time, studying for an exam can be difficult. While some people study faster and more effectively if they have a suitable study plan, many others end up studying less and worrying more about the outcome of the exam.

Luckily, there are tried-and-true methods for improving your memory and reducing tension before an exam. These strategies are especially useful for people who believe their natural memory isn't strong enough.


The following are five study hacks that will assist anyone in preparation for an examination.

#1 Make A Study Plan: Make a study plan before you sit down to take up a book and begin studying. It will provide a better picture of what has to be done and when. List the names of the subjects and topics, prioritise the importance of studying each subject, calculate the number of days until the exam, and strategically assign a topic to each subject. Plan out group study time and breaks, set aside study hours every day.

person writing bucket list on book Make a study plan before you sit down to take up a book and begin studying. It will provide a better picture of what has to be done and when. | Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash


#2 Organize The Study Area: When we are in a pleasant and comfortable setting, we are able to focus and learn at our best. Find the ideal place in the home, hostel, or room that has good lighting, fresh air, and is quiet. The best places to study are those with the least amount of distraction. To eliminate distractions, keep the environment as clear of unnecessary stuff as possible. While studying, turn off your phone or keep it on flight mode.

pile of books beside white printer paper and black ballpoint pen To eliminate distractions, keep the environment as clear of unnecessary stuff as possible. While studying, turn off your phone or keep it on flight mode. | Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash


#3 Speak Aloud While You Study: This is a typical tactic employed by people. The term used by psychologists to describe this concept is "production effect." This effect claims that if a person says something out loud, they are far more likely to remember it. So, if you're having trouble remembering a topic, repeat the crux of it aloud. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll recall this topic when it exam time.

person with book studying Speak Aloud While You Study. | Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash


#4 Remember To Take Regular Breaks: When the human brain is given breaks on a regular basis, it performs optimally. Studies have proved that studying in small intervals with frequent pauses is more efficient than studying for extended periods without breaks. Forcing ourselves to study while our minds are drowsy or inactive will simply exhaust it further. So, take regular pauses, go for a short walk, close your eyes or gaze out at a distance to relax your eyes and mind.


person standing in front of green plants Take regular pauses, go for a short walk, close your eyes or gaze out at a distance to relax your eyes and mind. | Photo by Unsplash


#5 Check Previous Year Questions: After you have finished studying read over previous year's question papers. It will not only make us aware of how well prepared we are for the examination, but it will also provide us with a way to learn about the nature and format of exam question papers.

NCEA exam papers After you have finished studying read over previous year's question papers. | Wikimedia Commons


We're confident you'll pass with flying colours if you employ these helpful tricks. You've got it! Best wishes!

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