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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Exams...seriously?

Have you ever felt so exhausted, and helpless, because you're dumped with too many assignments? I know that feeling. We all do. This happens during exams. We have too much to study and no time at all. So the best and most common option is: Pull an all nighter. Those who say that will never work, I disagree. I have spent many sleepless nights studying, just a day before the exam, and I assure you it works. You will pass. You are terrified before your exam, and you have limited time, so you'll obviously study faster. You make your timetables, and your resolutions are of no use, because things never go as planned. I'm not advocating all nighters. But for those who are as good as procrastinating as I am, this is what you have to do before the exam.

1. Do not look at the clock- Once you start studying, you become anxious, and you start looking at the clock. You're just wasting your precious time.

2. Sit on the floor and lean against the wall - Do not change your position, because you will fall asleep, so keep your back straight.

3. Keep a bottle of drinking water - When you feel sleepy, drink water, not coffee. The more water you drink, the more number of bathroom breaks you take, and you'll get rid of the sleepiness.

4. Don't stop studying until you think you'll get at least 50%.

5. Don't cry - This is easier said than done. But if you do cry, finish crying, and then start studying.

6. Sleep for two hours

7. Keep studying until the bell rings- Revise before the bell. You may just  glance through something, and it may appear in the question paper as an MCQ.
                                 
8. Don't forget to take your hall ticket and stationary box- Listen to your Mom when she asks you questions which she has been asking since you were 4. She just wants to save you from another panic attack.

I have made several attempts to not study too late before my exams, and I've failed horribly. I know what works best for me, and so should you. If you're not serious about education, and you just want to pass, do the above mentioned. But if you want to aim for a rank, then do it the old fashioned way, by rote learning. If you're a visual learner, then watch videos of your topic if they are available. Take breaks when you get bored, and remember, if it's the final exam, just study the questions which you know are going to appear before the exam, even if they are hard.

But there is one thing I'd like to say- Do not stress over exams, because being part of the rat race is not worth it. Just try to get more than what you scored last time, because you'll be competing with yourself, not the girl who scores the highest in class.  

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