Best methods to prepare for academic exams:-
There is no point if you keep on reading. You have to check whether you have learned the topic you just read. Most of the students keep reading and they feel that they have covered the subject but when they are asked to reproduce the same, they give an excuse that they have forgotten what they read. Important thing is to keep testing yourself again and again by giving yourself surprise tests. These sort of tests will determine your grasping power as well as will keep you aware of how much you have learned and how much more you have to work and learn for better results. Remember mere reading is just wastage of time. Always try to learn and grasp the material.
We do not revise the already read or learned topics and go for other uncovered topics and thereby we forget what we have just read. By doing this we are wasting so much of valuable time we spent on learning things. We should go for frequent revisions. It will take a little time but if one does not revise then the whole effort he put in to read a topic goes in vain and he has to go through the whole topic once again as if he is reading it for the first time.
Key to success is starting early instead of relying on last minute. Some of the students start their exam preparation when the exams date have been announced. You cannot expect them to cover all the topics. They then try to cover everything in haste and lands no where but in dilemma because haste always makes waste. They do not get the subject very well and always end up as failure with the scores. It is always better to give yourself enough time depending upon your learning abilities. Fast learners require less time whereas slow learners and those who need spoon feeding should give themselves more time.
If everything is scheduled then success is for sure. Apart from giving yourself enough time to study, if you prepare a proper time table for yourself then it becomes much easier for you to concentrate on all the subjects and you never have to go through haste or failure. Certain subjects are difficult and require more preparation from study point of view, whereas other subjects require less time because you may be very familiar with it or find it easy to grasp. Thus, timetable should be prepared according to the need. Subjects which are difficult with vast syllabus should be given more time and the subjects which are easy should be given less time. By preparing time table and by sticking to it, no topic will be left uncovered and by the time your exams approach you will cover the whole of syllabus. Not only you will cover your syllabus, you will be able to revise the subjects very well.
It is always essential that you keep yourself comfortable while studying. Some students prefer to study on their study table whereas others prefer lying down on their beds and go through their study material. Some of them like to keep their room and study table clean whereas others like to live in a cluttered environment. Different things work for different students and you have to decide what really works for you. Whatever works for you, adopt that and be comfortable.
Always keep yourself away from distractions. Fix your study time and once fixed you need to devote yourself completely to studies. Whether it is television, mobile phones, internet, video games, music etc..... do not get carried away by them. You need to lock yourself in room and give your complete dedication to your study material. Initially it may require a little effort as distractions are always alluring but once you overcome them for a few days, they rarely disturb you.
Go for previous years exam papers-
This is the most effective method of preparing for exams. You have to go through old exam papers. This will help you understand what sort of questions appear in exams i.e., you will be able to analyze format of the question paper. Frequently solving question papers and then evaluating them helps you to understand your preparation and the areas or topics on which you need to work more as well as gives you some time sense as you have to finish your exam within certain duration. These kind of practice papers will help you to complete your exam in time.
Always try to make study group of your friends. This will help you to solve any doubts or questions you have lingering in your mind, as your friends will be able to solve them and if your friends have any doubts, you can help them to solve those questions. Revisions done in study groups are much more effective. Also, you can conduct an exam in your study group and evaluate each others papers which will be fun as well as learning experience. Remember teaching is also learning. When you teach some one, you are revising the whole topic and that leads to perfection.
Eat and drink healthy-
Healthy body is essential for healthy mind. You cannot feed your body everything that is unhealthy and expect brain to do all good for you. Especially during exam time, avoid outside food and water. Stay away from all sorts of junk foods and drinks. Eat a well balanced nutritious healthy diet. Drink plenty of water which will keep you relaxed and well hydrated. These efforts taken will have a nice impact on your energy level thereby increasing your focus and concentration.
You cannot run a machinery for 24 hours without giving it a break. You have to stick to the time table. Study and revise within the hours allotted to do so and when there is leisure time, give yourself some break. You cannot engage your leisure hours or your free time into studying. You need frequent breaks. Benefit of taking breaks is to freshen your mind and when you return back you will be able to grasp the material more effectively. If you study for countless hours then you will reach a saturation point and no matter how much you study, you will be wasting both your energy as well as time.