Preparing for Exams: Problems and Solutions

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Everybody is different in thoughts, believes and preferences, but there is one thing in which we are similar. This is our school years and, of course, school exams. It is hard for a student to know everything, so it takes time to learn the material. Sometimes it causes real problems with health. This article will point out some tips which can help a student to pass any exam successfully.

Leave Enough Time

It is probably the most important rule, and not only in preparing for tests. Take a notebook and plan each day. Then leave at least 3 hours to study for the exam. Look through all approaching examination days. Begin with preparing to the most challenging ones, so that you will not be in panic or a mess. Always cheer yourself up and repeat: ‘I’ll do this. It is not impossible, just a bit hard’.

What Next?

Get acquainted with the details. Get to know as much as you can about the approaching exam. Ask classmates about last topics, read their notes, persuade your teacher to explain the topic you do not understand.

Do not be afraid of asking for help. Talk to teachers, other students, even parents and friends. They wish you all the best, that way they will definitely give you a helping hand. If you are feeling really stressed, you might find it useful to see a counselor.

Sort Your Materials

Before reviewing the materials, you should check all books and files you have, consult with some discipline guides, make the notes. Arming yourself with all possible information you need can significantly enhance your chances of getting a good grade.

Look Around

It is a good idea to clean your room in order to have enough study space. By the way, speaking about study space, check if it is comfortable for you to work hard. Is there enough light? Is your chair comfortable to sit in? Are your computer games out of sight?

Tidy Room

Make sure that nothing disturbs you, take a breath and make your room comfortable to study in. For example, some people cannot stand loud sounds when they are trying to concentrate on something serious. If you are one of them, ask your parents to make the TV quieter. For others, listening to calm music increases productivity. Some people feel uncomfortable in a messy room while others prefer to rule over the havoc. Think which surrounding you want to choose, and take the time to get everything right.

Draw Diagrams and Charts

They can be really helpful when you are getting ready for another exam. At the beginning, make yourself note everything you already know about an issue and after that highlight the most important things. In a few days before to the exam, compile your notes into a table or diagram. Putting your ideas on paper that briefly can help you quickly refresh what you need to know for the test.

Additional Tip

Remember, that it is important to practice a lot. Take past versions and answer the questions. In this way you can get used to the general format of the exam, manage your time and just keep calm about the entire process.

Do Not Overwork

Your studying for the maximum number of hours, until your head is on your laptop keyboard, can actually do serious harm to your health. That is why you should make regular breaks to get some tea, call your mom, or just to look out of the window.

Sleep Well

Do not cram. It will not help you. Just put up with it. Review what you have studied during the term and go to sleep earlier than you used to, so the next day you feel even more refreshed comparing to a usual day. If you still want to do some preparation the night before, keep it as simple as possible. It would be better for you to go jogging or relax under the tree reading your favorite book.

Consider Your Personal Special Features

Make a schedule that is helpful for you. If you feel you are more productive in the mornings, study early and then go have a lunch with your friend. If you prefer late hours, make sure you have enough rest after lunch, go for a walk or have physical training in a gym, and then continue to prepare. Also, remember that your revising brain needs enough water to work at its best.

Keep Calm and Pass the Exam

The exam day can be nervous for you, but here are some tips on staying calm:

  • Have an yummy breakfast and take some snacks;
  • Try to get there early to have some free time instead of being rushed and worried;
  • Find some inspiring music in your MP3 on the way to the exam;
  • Do not talk too much to other students before the exam;
  • Do not be shy to wear your lucky scarf or bring an amulet (experience shows it can help).

Do not neglect your reading time. Check all instructions very attentively, look through all exam tasks before you start. Tick the questions you could answer first and how much time approximately you might need spend on each of them.


Do not forget to review the exam paper. Sometimes it is vital to look through your answers. Do it if you finish the tasks before the exam time is up. Start with the most difficult task, make sure you have answered every question. As wise people say, ‘Score twice before you cut once’.



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