With only a week left for the entrance exams, students tend to get anxious and go through an emotional roller coaster ride. Months of study, hard work and dedication finally comes to the verge of getting tested. Though we stand in awe of those who seem to breeze through the exam without undue effort, there are others who are less confident and can’t stand the pace. Given below are quick tips for your last minute preparations and how you should sail through this final week before the impending exam.
The last week before the exam should be majorly spent revising what you already know. This can be done by adopting the Pomodoro technique that provides maximum focus and motivation. It helps you budget your time into short instalments of 25 minutes and take regular breaks of 5 minutes. This technique helps promote concentration and manage distractions. Using this technique during your last minute revision controls ‘burnout’ and your brain doesn’t feel tired and remain active for a longer time, thereby helping you accomplish more.
Drill down mistakes
Another strategy that you can implement to optimise your preparation is by drilling down your mistakes. Focussing on weak spots and working on your mistakes will help you minimise them and prove to be a major step towards boosting your percentile. It will help you understand where exactly you did wrong and identify your problems and reasons for committing such errors. Executing this strategy can enhance your preparation by demarcating your weak as well as strong attributes.
In order to study best in the waning hours before the final exam students often miss out on the important topics that they need to go through in this last week. Preparing well for these topics using the power reading technique may fetch you more marks and help you make it to the top notch colleges in the country. This power reading technique will help to learn how to read both quickly and in depth over a wide range of subjects. Making use of this technique during the last week before your exam will not only double your reading speed but also supercharge your brain’s capacity to digest, remember and implement huge amount of information.
Many studies endorse the view that visual learning strategies help achieve academic success. Visualisations improve comprehension and are an excellent last minute strategy as visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. Students should, thus, learn using flowcharts, diagrams, infographics etc. that can speed up your learning process and culminate in stellar result.
In order to crack the entrance exams, strategies such as interleaved practice can come to your rescue. Implementing a schedule of practice that combines different subjects within a single study session can work wonders during the last few days before the exam. It not only provides you with versatility in learning but also saves you from distractions and assists in focussing on the task at hand, thereby facilitating improved learning.
In addition to these, with only a week left for your entrance exams, you should prioritise your tasks and follow a study schedule. Solving as many mock tests as possible can help you divide your time judiciously. Apart from that attempting previous year papers can familiarise you with the type of questions asked and exam pattern, thereby increasing your chances of cracking the exam. Stress should be laid on revising from the study material or books that you are accustomed to and not from new material as it would result in further chaos and confusion. Along these lines following the above mentioned ideas will trigger your preparation and will definitely help you nail the exam.
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