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article | 9 December 2019

The Ten Step Guide To Acing Every Exam You Ever Take

Exams are a hugely important part of the learning process. They are a great way to prove to the examiners that you have learned the subject well, and if you can do well in an exam you are also learning related and transferable skills relating to time management, coping with stress, writing under pressure, and many other things. But if you are hoping to get into university next year, you are going to have to do well in your exams, and that will mean that you want to ace them in an ideal world. To give you a helping hand, let’s take a look now at ten things to do to make sure that you ace every exam you ever take.

    1. Motivate YourselfIf you want to do well at absolutely anything, then you are going to have to find the motivation to do so. That absolutely applies just as equally to taking exams as to anything else. Of course, if you are hoping to do well in your exams so that you can get into the university course of your dreams, then that is clear motivation. But it doesn’t have to be that. You might just want to please yourself, or impress your parents or teachers, or even be competitive with your friends. Whatever your own singular motivation is, own it and use it to improve your chances of success.
    2. Look At It From Their PerspectiveYour exam is going to be marked by somebody. You need to make sure that you are considering it from their perspective, as this will give you a much better idea of what you need to do. Ask yourself what the examiner wants to see, and then make sure that you are doing exactly that. This is going to mean much more of a success than you might have thought even possible.
    3. Learn To PlanEffectively, if you don’t manage to plan for an exam, you are not going to do well on it, unless through some dumb luck. You can’t rely on dumb luck, however, so it is important to make sure that you are as prepared as possible. Planning for exams is something that a lot of people struggle with, but it is an essential part of ensuring victory. Learn to plan well, and your exams will be much easier.
    4. Know How To ReviseThis might sound like something that should be obvious, but it is one thing to just revise, and another to know how to revise. There is a lot involved in this, but basically you need to make sure that you are going to know what methods are best for revising well in your case. This varies from person to person, so it is important to appreciate that what works for your friend might not work for you. Practice makes perfect here.
    5. Appreciate Your Learning StyleAs we have alluded to already, everyone has their own learning style. If you want to revise as effectively as possible, you need to pay attention to your own learning style and work within that. It might be that you actually have a few styles, but one which is mostly dominant. Visual learners need visual aids, kinetic learners need physical aids, and so on. Which is true for you?
    6. Learn The Most Difficult FirstYou need to make sure that you are going to learn the most difficult parts first. They are going to take the longest, for a start, and they are also going to be the most frustrating. If you can get to the bottom of the problem that really bothers you, then you should be able to be in a much better position at the end of it. You can then move on to ‘easier’ parts that you need to learn.
    7. Manage Your TimeIt might be a good idea to plan out your revision as finely as possible. At the very least, you need to make sure that you are managing your time properly, so that you can be sure of utilizing it well. If you run out of time, it is only going to mean that you struggle to revise everything you need to revise. Manage your time and you will prevail.
    8. Get Your SleepThis is important at all times and during the revision process, but especially the night or two nights before the exam itself. If you don’t get your sleep, it could put you in a lot of trouble, but you need to try and not worry about it too much either – or else you might lose out on sleep, ironically enough. Get enough sleep and you should find that you have much more of a chance of success in the exam.
    9. Eat WellFood is really important for the brain, and you need to make sure that you are eating well at all times if you want to do well in the exam. If you eat well for the whole revision period leading up to the exam, and then a light healthy breakfast on the morning of the exam, you will be in a good position to do well in your exam.
    10. Manage StressFinally, stress. It’s important to remember that everyone gets stressed. It’s perfectly natural and normal, so just try to make use of it when it arises. The better you learn to manage your own stress, the more likely you are to do well in whatever exams you ever have to take, whether your stress arises during the exam itself or during revision. In either case, managing it is the important thing.If you can follow these ten steps, you will find that you are much more likely to ace any exam that you might have to take. That will put you in good stead for trying to get into university in the following year, and following the career course you want to follow, which is important enough for anyone.
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