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When we start our studies, each of us already has different kinds of study skills.
Our motivation springs from different sources, as does our general attitude towards school. Nevertheless, regardless of where we are coming from, we all need to take many aspects of studying into consideration.
Here I designed some study tips for preparing for any general examination. All these are based on my own experience, and encompass my growth from making mistakes to achieving my goals and success.
Step 1: Plan
Develop a study plan by making a strict schedule. Adhere to it as much as possible.
Identify your goal in concrete terms and put it in writing to strengthen your resolve.
Step Two: Positivity
Be Positive! (That might not be a good word of the time, but in studying it is indeed 😂)
Adopting a positive mental attitude will increase your energy level and keep you charged up for the examination.
Find out if you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner. This self-knowledge can help you make more effective use of your time studying.
Optimism creates an ideal environment for productivity, and positivity influences the success rate of any goal you may have. By being optimistic, you will be able to increase your mind's active awareness, and thus enhance your ability to focus.
Have a positive vision of the future. Believe in yourself.
Step Three: Determination
Be focused, stay focused, don’t forget your real goal.
Don't let pressure from others get in your way!
Peer pressure may lead you to follow what your peers do. This might compel you to go by everything they think is right, which might make you feel like following their study pattern too.
But you are your own person, so stick to your own lifestyle and plans according to your wants and needs.
Model a positive, encouraging attitude in all that you say, do, and believe.
Step Four: Concentration
Pay attention in the class and concentrate on the subjects. This will help you achieve a high score.
Make it a habit to make notes while studying.
Do not skip homework as it helps to reinforce the concept done in the class.
Step Five: Resources
Don't get confused by reading lots of books
Do not use many reference books.
Thoroughly examine the class syllabus and course breakdown to fully understand what you are being tested on and boost your confidence.
Step Six: Practice
Practice makes perfect. It's very true!
Solve previous years' question papers.
Make note of your mistakes and learn from them.
Do not cram everything into your mind by reading just before the exam. It will not help, rather it will wash away things learnt earlier.
Remember, your mind is like a pen drive, it has limited space.
Step Seven: Presentation
Presentation is the most important in the final stages of studying. It represents you and puts you apart from all the other test-takers.
Before you begin, read through the question paper and its instructions carefully.
Write neatly in the answer sheet. A well-presented paper always impresses the examiner.
Leave space between every answer, divide your long answers into meaningful paragraphs, and underline important points if your test allows it, as this breaks the monotony.
Always illustrate your answers with diagrams and flow charts wherever required. Don’t leave any question undone.
Pace yourself so you have extra time at the end to review all your answers after completing the exam paper.
Hopefully these methods and steps help you in your preparation.
Overall, study success requires clear objectives, motivation, planning, self-discipline, self-confidence, good study habits and health, and a positive attitude.
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