Gather Your Materials
Most students don’t really think about what their limits are. When we don’t know what to do, it’s useless to think about how to prepare.
First and foremost, you should be gathering your course outline and materials. Make sure that you have all the required books and your notes in front of you. If you don’t have great notes, ask a peer if they’re willing to help you out by lending you theirs. Before you can succeed, you at least need to have the opportunity to do so and in order for that to happen you’ll need resources. The more you have your weapons prepared, the higher your chances are of winning the battle.
Believe in Yourself
If you hesitate to say “I can win,” you’re only hindering yourself from winning. It doesn’t cost you anything to say and believe that, so go ahead—make sure that at the core of your beliefs, you know you’ll win. It’s important that before you actually prepare for the exams themselves, you believe you’ll be able to get through them. The stronger your determination, the stronger your final results will be.
Don’t think about your previous failures. If your determination is strong, anything is possible. Don’t think about words like can’t, fail, and impossible. Say out loud, “this is possible!” Believe in yourself.
Allocate Your Time Wisely
I was a former med student, so you can imagine what my course load was like. It was the lengthiest and toughest among all the degree and graduate programs. Regardless of your concentration or program, you’ll get through it. I did.
Make sure you give yourself 7-10 days and if you properly study and are focused, you’ll be able to successfully get through the test. Have faith in God and trust in your abilities. When you have a plate full of rice, you take it in by the spoonful. Not all at once. The same concept applies to your exam studies. Divide the workload among those 10 days equally and commit to the load you’ve assigned yourself on each given day. This helps to break your huge course into small, digestible pieces. Now, it is easier to get through.
Focus on the Important Material Only
While studying, you’ll definitely come across many irrelevant facts and pieces of information that will likely not be tested. While going the extra mile is great in life and in one’s career, it’s not necessary in these 10 days of studying. I’ve always been a student who was just fair in academics. In other words, I preferred to focus on things outside of the books but this attitude must be avoided.
Make sure that you focus only on what’s going to be tested. You have to be very specific and to-the-point. Many of the problems we incur in our educational career arise because we create them ourselves. Focus only on what is important and relevant, and forget the rest.
Prioritize Your Schedule
It’s a crucial time and you’ll need to prioritize your time. Fun may have to be delayed for now.
Set your phone on silent mode and stop the usual wasteful texting. Don’t waste time watching your usual movies and TV shows, and only listen to songs if they help you study. Parties are fun, but they’ll need to wait until your exams are over—you have far more important things to achieve in this period. Promise your friends that they’ll see you more after this 10-day study period. This time is crucial in all aspects. Don’t waste it on activities that can hurt your grades.
Lastly, don’t forget to breathe! The oxygen will help calm you and is de-stressing.
Can I Study Everything in Just 10 Days?
No, it’s not possible. Your desire to do so might be just your nervous system firing off. You’re pumped and hyper, and your entire body increases its metabolism almost tenfold. If this is the situation, it is nearly impossible to carry on with your whole course of subjects.
You must control your present situation to study, because once your nervous system suspects overactivity, it increases the secretion of neurotransmitters that makes you ready for fight and flight. This may seem like a good thing, but the tradeoff is that there may be a degeneration of memory and creativity. That could lead to the moment of real destruction—imagine sitting in the test hall and not remembering anything, despite just reading about it the night before.
It’s all about your attitude, and you’ll need to pace yourself and try to remain calm. Cool-minded average students score higher than really tense, above average students. You have a choice here, believe me! You can do it. Just relax.
General Instructions for Preparation
- Take care of your personal health and hygiene.
- Sleep well and rest up. Remember, “Rest is best for the test!”
- Study periodically, and consider the exam period as a “natural event” of life.
- Be social. Sometimes, a comforting friend helps more than any book.
- If you have too much leisurely time on your hands and are depressed, remember that you have other things to focus on.
If your score is in between 70-90%, don’t get too happy now. You still want to strive for improvement.
If it’s below 70%, then you must concentrate more on the points mentioned in this article.