Arrive Fresh for the Exam

How do you get ready for an exam?

Take proper and sufficient rest the day before the examination so that you wake up relaxed in the morning. It is not a good idea at all to sit up the whole night before the exam to study. Your body will suffer from fatigue when you sit for the exam and your mind will not be fresh. You can easily get confused and panic when you look at the question paper.

 When you go to bed say your prayers and think no more of exams in the bed. You have prepared well and God will do the rest for you. Trust in God is a great asset at all times especially in moments of tension like exams. Begin your day with praise of God. Make a quick revision of your subject and eat a light breakfast. Be sure to arrive at the exam hall without huffing and puffing. When you get the question paper in hand read the instructions well first and have a good look at the entire question paper. You should be well acquainted with the structure and layout of the question paper by going through previous  question papers of several years . It is worth spending five minutes to read the question paper as a whole and choose the questions you want to attempt before you begin the answers. Your strategy in the time allotment for the various sections should be in place before you begin the exam and your eyes should be constantly on your watch.


Tackling the Question Paper

It is a good idea to start with the shorter and easier questions. If you cannot get the answer for a question do not waste your precious time figuring  out the answer but leave enough space for answering that question and proceed to the next. You can come back to it later after finishing the other questions. Meanwhile your subconscious mind will scan your memory for the answer as your are busy answering  other questions. You have to decide before already   the duration for  each section or major answer so that you will not run out of time. It is absolutely essential you finish the entire paper and you cannot afford to leave out any question and deprive yourself of the corresponding marks. Indicate clearly the end of an answer with a horizontal line drawn neatly across the page. Take note of the choices offered and do not lose time attempting more questions than required. You are not going to get any credit for the extra answers you write. If any answer is wrong score it out neatly. If you have left any empty space in the answer book score it off neatly. You should finish the answers a few minutes before time so that you can tie up your answer sheets properly without messing up the order of the pages. You will need also a few minutes to check your page numbers  before handing over your answer script.. Take care the script is tied with a  wide loop so that the answer papers can be opened out fully and none of your writing remains hidden. For this purpose it is also advisable to leave a good margin on the top of the page so that your writing does not go above the level of the punched hole for tying up the papers together.

Naturally you should answer first the questions you know well because the first impression is crucial to the examiner. If you begin with   a bad answer you are prejudicing him against giving you proper credit for good answers you might have written later. If your first answer is slipshod with many mistakes there are serious risks of his not reading properly the other answers you write because no one likes to waste his time on trash. Serve the good wine first.

If you show that you are unique, different from the run- of the -mill student you will whet the curiosity of the examiner and he will pay extra attention to your answers. This puts you in an enviable position for he will be ready to give you good credit for your answers if he sees merit in them. So when you have choice in a question you would do well to attempt unexpected questions which the average student is ill-equipped to answer. The examiner will be happy to read an answer that stands apart from the rest  and you will get good credit for a modestly good attempt. This will naturally imply  that you are a well-read student with a wide range of knowledge different from the average  student who mugs up some answers on the eve of the exam to get through them somehow. . The examiner will be ready to reward you handsomely. This presupposes that you do wide reading in your subject and have a thorough grip on the matter.

For personal questioning

1. Do I take care to read the entire question paper rapidly and have an overall idea     before I begin to answer particular questions?

2  Do I have the habit of reading the given instructions carefully before plunging headlong into the answer?

3. Do I familiarize myself with the question pattern of earlier question papers and allot time for each questions before I sit for the exam? 4. Do I sometimes leave questions unanswered due to lack of planning?


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