The final exams are around the corner, and you are trying to avoid common mistakes committed by most of the students. Consider the following points for better grades and overall academic improvement:
Unsure about the target –
The first and foremost requirement of a student is – self-evaluation. You know where you stand, and what you can achieve. Students often convince others, as well as themselves, that they can score A+ grades. If you are telling the truth, congratulations! However, if you have evaluated yourself and you are aware of your own capabilities, then you know what you should ACTUALLY aim for.
Make short-term goals, conquer them, reward yourself, and you will definitely hit the bull’s eye. Targeting the pinnacle is what you should always aim for, but not when the deadline is just a few doors down.
Relying on others –
If not by yourself, you might as well want to ask your friends or professors to guide you. However, the same should not be the target – neither a day before the exam, nor in the examination hall.
No strategy –
As “cool” and appealing ‘one-night fight’ may sound, the same should not be one’s strategy at all the time. Know your capacity, start accordingly, and save yourself from feeling sleepy while writing your exam.
Chronological order VS Priority order –
One of the methods to achieve a target is through hard work, where you cover the entire course, word to word. Another alternative is hard work over a smart alternative. For that, you need to know the priority of the topics as per the weightage in examination, as the main objective of examination is to score well. So, plan your strategy, and study accordingly.
Studying from class notes –
It is better, as well as advisable, to study from your own notes. However, please don’t do that with the classroom notes. Instead of learning, they can also take you on a short journey, adding to the distraction factor.
What you write during the lecture must be categorised as reference, but not the ultimate information. Be it – reference book or online academic guide, always consider exclusively verified source and study material.
Memorising than understanding –
Use of mnemonics, charts and art for memorising is a fruitful activity. Although, apart from complex formulae and topics, one must always emphasise on clearly understanding the concept, instead of memorising the entire book, because memories fade away, but what you learn and implement always stick with you, and especially while writing the examination.
Not testing yourself –
While you are preparing for the finale, taking on the hurdles one-by-one, you should never commit the mistake of reviewing the glory, as it may be short-termed. Don’t pay heed to this advice, and you may fall prey to the ghost of omission. Moral of the story – Study, revise, repeat.
Miscellaneous activities –
With a book in front of you, it is normal to stare at a pen, and wonder why it looks similar to humans. Needless to say, though these activities are fun to recall, but you need to avoid them.
No late night calls, no rash driving (not saying it’s not fun but priorities first), no use of stimulants (a few coffees are fine though), and most importantly, stay focused. So, take care of your health and resist any activity that might affect your ability to perform.
It is good to learn from your mistakes. What makes you stand apart is – learning from the mistakes of others.
All the best for your exam!