It’s the final week of the 12 Weeks – Study with Me program.
If you’re new to this series of posts, the purpose of the 12 Weeks program is to help you ace your exams using 12 sets of effective and actionable tips. Each tip is brought to you weekly with the hope to keep you on track. Click here to see last week’s tip.
If you’ve been following along for the past 11 weeks congratulations, you’ve made to the end. But there’s one last thing which you have to do.
So let’s get on with it…
Have you ever prepared well for an exam, sat the exam and ran out of time?
This tip will help you avoid that. This week, you’re going to complete a mock exam. It’s like the real exam except it’s not.
Here’s what I mean, you’ll remain focused and quiet as you complete the exam and time yourself in accordance with how the actual exam will be given.
This helps you to get used to the format of the questions and is also good practice for making sure that you spend the right amount of time on each section. It’s often easy to get caught up in essay or shorthand questions, so this is especially great practice for this particular division of a test.
After all, if you don’t do practice papers before an exam, you might be surprised at how difficult it can be to write quickly and legibly (yes, it’s important).
When you’re planning how to spend your time, make sure you allow yourself some time for planning in the beginning as well as time in the end to check and finish things off.
For example, if you have two essays in a two-hour exam, allocate ten minutes at the beginning to jot down plans, and ten minutes at the end to proofread and check each of them.
By timing yourself, you’ll have a clear picture of how you will likely do on the real exam, and it will serve as a benchmark for measuring your progress as you continue to study.
Complete the Self Check
Go back through your results and ask yourself the following questions;
• What type of questions did I consistently miss or got hung up on?
• Was it one particular subject of the material?
• Did I miss easy questions because I wasn’t paying attention in attempts to beat the clock?
Once you notice patterns of mistakes you can then make a plan for moving forward with your final stages of studying.
Too many students spend plenty of time studying their notes and textbooks but make the mistake of not practicing for their exams under the conditions in which the exam will take place.
Practicing with the exam papers is just as important as studying and preparing for the exams. And there’s a difference between spending an entire evening completing a practice exam versus completing it in the allotted hour that you will have in class.
So we’ve reached the end of the 12 Weeks – Study with Me program. You’ve did it and I hope you’re well equipped to ace your exams.
By now, you should have;
- Covered all topics on your course syllabus
- Revised and get help with difficult concepts
- Build up your knowledge bank with help from your peers
- Practiced past tests and
- Obtained the confidence and knowledge to ace your exams.
Leave your comments below if you’ve completed the 12 week program and have seen results. I’d like to know what you think.