There are lots of tips to effective learning towards examination these days that students have failed to consider which later result in their failure in the examination. A few of these tips are as follows:
1. SET GOALS
- You should prepare your study by setting goals. Goals are necessary to make you keep moving.
- know WHY you are studying (for you just to pass well in exams, finishing college, graduating with first-class, satisfying your parents, having professional knowledge about your field of work for future career). No matter what your goal is, it should be an impulse for studying.
- Believe in yourself, your goals are achievable. You should be able to achieve them within a particular period of time and with definite effort. No need for compromising, Be realistic.
2. ORGANISE YOUR STUDY SPACE
Organizing your study space helps you to study effectively and helps to focus on your study material. It provides space to spread your notes and textbooks. Make a habit of studying in the same place every day, it helps to remember what you’ve read.
- Make your study space perfect for studying;
- Get yourself a desk (or table) and a chair.
- Make sure everything is at hand whenever you need them.
- Get rid of clutter.
3. STAY AWAY FROM DISTRACTION AND USELESS THOUGHTS
One of the hardest parts about studying is not getting distracted.
- Electronic devices are a big distraction while studying, make sure you turn off your phone, laptop, and television. It Is important to find a place for your phone that is out of reach, out of sight, and most especially out of mind. Whenever you need your phone and laptop to study… stay away from social media. It distracts a lot. Do not let your personal life affect your academics.
- It is best if you put your phone somewhere near but not within sight, backpack, or in a drawer. If you are worried about an important call, only allow it to ring for phone calls or put it in “Do Not Disturb” mode.
4. CREATE A TIMETABLE
This would help to organize your time, schedule your break especially when you have multiple subjects. This helps you to manage your time for each subject.
- Get a timer.
- Set your timer for 30-45 minutes, and focus on a single task until the timer rings.
- When a session ends, mark it and record what you completed.
- Enjoy a 5 – 10 minute break.
- After four intervals, take a longer, 20- to 30-minute break.
5. TAKE GOOD NOTES
Good note-taking is the brass tacks of good study. If you take a good note in the class, you’re set up for good grades. When you study, your notes should bring back the entire sequence of the ideas presented in the class.
Write out all your subject/course outlines. This will help your thoughts about a topic and make you prepare well for an exam. If you notice some parts of a lecture missing from your notes, consult your textbook or ask other students or your lecturer for help to complete the missed parts. And you can record each session so that you can review it later to find the parts you’ve missed in your notes.
6. DAILY PLAN/TO-DO LIST
- Make a plan every day on Works to be done, syllabus to cover, assignments, homework, and lots more. It helps you to update your works. Run your day, don’t let it run you.
- WRITE OUT YOUR PLAN EVERY DAY
Writing down your day plan is a great time management practice. Every single day.
- MAKE YOUR PLAN AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY
Planning at the same time of day, you create a habit. And good habits have the power to keep you moving.
- IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU ARE PLANNING TO FAIL.
7. KNOW YOUR BEST TIME AND PLACE
Are you the type of person that studies during the day or at the night? Your study time should be whenever you are most alert (afternoons are usually the time of least alertness). Find a convenient place to study, and make sure all the materials you need are available before you start studying. Getting up to search for items essential to your progress if not, will break your concentration and waste study time. If you’re in for a long time reading, you can get yourself a snack and a drink.
- If a quiet place is not readily available, then listen to music such as classical or jazz on a low
volume to help to block out conversation and other disruptive noises. Music has the added benefit of keeping you more attentive.
- Do not make your bed your study place, it is very attractive to sleep in.
8. EFFECTIVE STUDY TECHNIQUES
Underline the important points. It helps you to remember while testing yourself or in an exam. Jot after reading helps to recall what you have read. Making use of flashcards, they are a legitimate study tool. Use the front of the card to jot down points.
9. TEST YOURSELF
Solve many past questions as much as possible concerning what you have read to know your capability on the topic or subject. it helps you to score high in exams and gives you a lot of self-confidence.
10. STUDY WITH FRIENDS
Teach your friends what you have read so far in your own understanding. It helps you to learn more. It is one of the best ways to learn.
11. TAKE BREAKS
Studying for a long time affects the brain one way or the other. Take a break after a long period of reading… At least 5 – 10 minutes of break, helps your mind to relax which will make it easier to remember what you’ve read. You can check your messages, watch TV, do physical exercise, etc.
12. STAY HEALTHY AND EAT GOOD FOOD
Food can help you to study well. It makes your brain run at full power. Food that can help you study well includes protein-rich food (milk, egg, etc), fruit and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Stay away from too much starch and sugar, it reduces concentration. Drink plenty of water, it helps a lot.
13. SLEEP WELL
8 – 9 hours of sleep helps to refresh and relax your brain and improve your ability to think logically.
14. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Do not look down on yourself. Have the belief that YOU CAN and YOU WILL. Do not feed your mind with MEDIOCRITY.
-Lastly, don’t compare yourself with anyone, and do not COMPETE with others. The more you compete, the more you feel depressed. And depression leads to failure.