Examinations are approaching and nightmares have already started paying visits to many students at nights. You want to go through each subject before the outset of the examination days. You devoted all your time, but it seems almost impossible to review all the contents of the chapter in such a short time. If it is the same story with you, then we have come up to give you a hand.
Just bring the following changes in your way of preparation and you will enable yourself to take up examinations with high ounces of confidence.
Befriend Your Clock
Start by making a timetable and follow it religiously. Divide the chapters according to the score value. Some topics may be too long, but stand rare chances of being asked in the exam, keep them for the last. As you have limited time, so it becomes utmost necessary to utilize each second of the hour wisely.
Make Space for Yourself
It is important to find a peaceful place to study. The place you choose should be away from all the distractions and the crowd. Places like a library or any other silent room work best. An appropriate environment connects the mind to work. A calm and relaxed mind works more efficiently and with greater concentration.
Make Quick Notes
You have countable hours and you should not kill time by writing down long and beautiful notes. Try keeping your notes short & clear yet informative. Make flowcharts, diagrams, tables and bullet points. You can also use mnemonics and slangs for the quick recapitulation.
Effective Time Utilization
Be wise, and make your time plan effectively. It is not the time to touch new topics. New things take a lot more time to be understood and this hampers the entire plan. Instead, devote that time in re-revising the learned topics and cement them in your memory.
Our brain also experiences fatigue as our body. If you overload it, it begins to lose the information stored. It is advisable not to sit and study for long hours constantly. You can take naps, listen to soothing music, go for a walk or take breaks to grab a bite. Monitor the time and keep it short.
Take up a Test
Questions from previous years’ paper and classroom tests are of extreme use. You should try 4-5 papers for each subject. These papers provide a good collection of questions and you can also check your preparation while solving them. Fix the hours for completion and act honestly.
Say Bye to the Hi-Tech World
Limit your time spent on the social networks and web surfing. Also, try to keep a minimal dependency on gadgets and the Internet. Although you can make a good use of the Internet by solving online papers or watching videos around question solution, avoid doing it at the last moment. Make sure you also reduce your dependency on the calculator with small calculation hacks.
Food is the fuel for your brain. Do not compromise with meals. Avoid junk food as they release free radicals and leads to slow brain damage. Eat fresh and healthy food to energize your brain. Items like fruits, eggs, green vegetables, peas and pulses are full of nutrients and work best.
You have been working too hard, so take up activities to distress your body and mind. Sit upright, fold your hands and do breathing exercises. It will improve blood circulation to your brain. You will also get rid of impatience and uneasiness, which takes you long way in the examination hall.
Work with Art
Make stick-on and flashcards to memorize important dates, events, definitions and formulas. It is easy to carry them anywhere and revise. Revising multiple times assure building a great memory of it and this would definitely help you reduce retrieval time in the examination hall.
Don’t let examinations provoke panic, make a smart move. We are sure these tips from Vedantu will definitely help you in revising the syllabus quickly and maintaining the peace of mind. Excellence can only be achieved through confidence and determination.
We are sure, you keep everything prepared that can help your child to shine out in the examinations, but something always curtails his best possible achievement. Does it always bother you and your child that how his fellow classmates manage to excel? Your child must have done all his/her preparation, but have you contributed rightly? They say that food plays an important role in physical and mental health. It is important to watch out what you serve on the plate.
Food is for the body, but healthy food is both for body and mind
We will here enlist a few food sources that are essential for mental exercise and help you to improve kid’s performance.
Bowl full of grains
It is important to keep the body active and energetic. The right choice of grain generates the full amount of energy for better performance. Eating more of refined cereals leads to fatigue and lethargy. Switch to preparation with whole grains for the same meal. It has a reversal action that increases the concentration and focus. It helps in improving memory function as well.
Drink enough water
Water hydrates the brain. Advise students to drink 7-8 glasses full of water in a day to have a healthy glow and cool mind. A dehydrated brain can cause headaches, loss of focus and mood swings.
Nuts are a good source of essential fatty acids, as well as iron. Iron increase the binding of oxygen with hemoglobin and thus provide sufficient oxygen to the brain to perform. Nuts like almond, walnut and pistachios help in enhancing alertness. They are also a good source of vitamin E, which is important for glowing skin and delays ageing.
It has been seen that dark green leafy vegetable stays longer in the stomach and subsequently satisfies the hunger. They are a good vegetarian substitute for fish for obtaining omega-3 fatty acid.
A neurological study has found that people consuming spinach in their daily diet have a better focus than their mates. A folic acid source; Spinach has a unique property of reversing the memory loss. Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, etc. also improve the gut motility and thus regulates the bowel functionality of your system.
Love for dark chocolates
Dark chocolates release pleasure in the mouth and antioxidants in the blood. Antioxidants fight against free radicals, which are destructive elements to the brain and other vital organ activity. Ultimately, it increases the alertness, clarity in perception and improves blood flow.
Feed on fish
Fish is a brain food. It is a must-have component in a student’s diet. It provides proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids and rare minerals like zinc. Most importantly, it lowers the risk of dementia (memory loss). It additionally augments the mental fitness for effective and efficient studies.
Fruits are rich sources of important vitamins (including A, B, C, and D) Fruits from the berry family (like blueberry, tomatoes, strawberry, cranberries, black currant, grapes, etc.) makes up for the free radical damage in the brain. In particular, they decline the risk of Alzheimer’s syndrome (Permanent short-term memory loss with advancing age). They also promote recalling power and concentration.
Adding all these superfoods in your diet will definitely add to your hard work and will reproduce in the results. Eating the right food will enhance the function of the brain and greases the neural system. When you study & revise perfectly, it becomes mandatory to retain and produce the same on the examination sheets. So, eat to live and eat right to succeed!
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Teachers always grapple with how to help their students recall and revise their subjects. Indeed, it is true that revision is probably the best way to imprint facts and concepts in one’s mind. But, unquestionably, revision has been boring for the most part. Here, we give you our revision strategy that works like a charm when preparing for tough examinations. Word of caution: this is for the strong hearted and strong willed.
Tip 1: Recapitulate and help them revise often
It may sound cliché, but it’s scientifically proven that revising regularly exponentially boosts the retention capacity of a student. Have a look:
Tip 2: Help students make good notes
Quite simple, right? Not really. Teachers must encourage students to make notes from a 200-page book, and condense that to be 10 pages long. Then, have the students condense it further, to be 5 pages long. While you do this, ensure that the students’ notes continue to make sense and that they cover all important aspects in the 200-page book. This requires patience and a sound understanding of the subject, so in the process, the students will learn tons as well as become more organized.
We understand that making notes is a craft, and not all students can slip into it easily. So, for starters, teachers must motivate students to make legible and self-made notes in their notebooks while they are being taught. Students could leave a margin for scribbling down topics that they didn’t understand, or topics that they would like to explore further. Students must also be encouraged to use a pencil or colored pen to underline important keywords, which they come across in their second reading of the notes that they took down in class. Didn’t we say these tricks are for the strong-willed?
Tip 3: Advice to revise just before bedtime
This obviously cannot be enforced, but students must try this out since it definitely works. Timely and sound sleep is very important to consolidate the memory. The best thing to do before you go to bed is to go through some flashcards or review your mindmaps. This would create a conscious memory, which is cemented by the deep sleep. To further enhance their memory, we ask the students to try & recall the information shortly after you wake up.
Tip 4: Teach them how to teach!
Encourage students to form little groups, and teach each other concepts from the subject. This is otherwise known as “group studies”. Teachers can also encourage students to explain topics to the class. It could be a contest, where students explain things to the best of their ability to the class. In case they make mistakes, teachers may point it out politely or call up another student to clarify the mistake. Teachers must make it a point to give bonus points if the students conduct quizzes on the subject. These methods are bound to make revision more exciting and certainly nowhere close to being mundane!
Tip 5: Solve question papers
That’s right, the best way to revise for a test is to write tests. Encourage students to take up as many mock tests as possible. This will not only prepare them for the stress of examinations but will also help them recollect facts and figures better, in the future.
Studying a subject can be fun, revising it is said to be tedious. But, not anymore. The responsibility of making revision efficient and fun for the students lies with us the teachers and parents. Revision of any topic is the time of fine tuning one’s knowledge on the same. It is also the time for pursuing the subject to the next level, so as a post script, we would recommend that teachers must encourage students to read widely on any given topic. Not only will this arouse interest in the subject as a whole, it will also help students to understand and revise the subject better.
We believe our tried and tested tips will definitely help your students revise and organize their knowledge better. More importantly, these will help students prepare for exams in the most stress-free way!
Vedantu is running hugely-popular revision courses for students in standard 9th and 10th in Science and Mathematics. Revise the tough topics with a personal teacher and see the difference of personalized attention in your academic performance.
Year tab on the calendar has already moved on and the cold air has started warming up a little. Suddenly there is a buildup of a dreadful, irky and gloomy environ around our students’ minds in the preview of examinations.
Let’s get along and help clear this stress and darkness around their minds to let them excel in the exams.
Below are some points we must take care to help students walk towards the path of success without being overburdened with tasks and preparatory jitters.
1 – Assess the academic weak areas of your students and take sessions to improve. Conducting tests, evaluating carefully and providing constructive feedback are the key. Keep the parents informed about ward’s progress.
2- Revision plays an important role during this period, keep enough time for recapitulatory classes and don’t forget to share your own tips & tricks to revise quickly.
3- Discuss the blueprint and marking scheme with your students. Many a time students do not answer as per marks allotted for question, awareness will surely improve the performance.
4- Do emphasize on exam and study planning, this would definitely help them be more prepared and confident of their preparation for the D-day. Don’t forget to mention the importance of double-checking attempted answers.
5- Encourage your students to attempt mock tests within the stipulated time, this would help them introspect their preparedness. Sample papers will be shared with you for CBSE and ICSE classes 6 to 10, feel free to share these with your students.
6- Involve & educate parents. In many a cases, parents add on to the pressure the child is going through. Help them understand their children are already on the course to reach their potential and they should support them in reaching the pinnacle.
We are sure, you are already preparing your students for the upcoming examinations full-throttle and these tiny tips will come handy to you.
Happy teaching and exam preparation!
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Exams are around the corner, and everyone’s frantic about what questions will be asked and how to get through the exam without being scarred mentally! Parents, teachers, and not to mention students, are very stressed during exam time. Here, we ask you to calm down. Breathe easy. For, exams really are supposed to be the easiest part of school!
Think about it for a minute. Exams are the time of the year when there are no lectures, when there is no homework and when parents shower their children with a lot of love and empathy. But, of course, when you are unprepared, it’s a nightmare. So, the solution to exam stress is straight-forward, isn’t it? Prepare beforehand and you will sail through exams with flying colours. But is that all? Isn’t there a difference in the preparation strategy between the topper in class and an ‘average student’? The topper is most likely to be found quite calm and composed during exams while the average students found biting their nails and hoping for the best outcome from the ordeal.
In this post we give you a bunch of very easy, tried and tested tips that have been used by toppers for years. Read on, to know our simple tricks to surf through exams!
Prepare in advance to be at your best state of mind before the exam
This is the secret: toppers study every day. Some may not claim to, but everyone does. Having a timetable generally helps with this. Also, toppers re-read and revise regularly. Retention of what is studied happens best with numerous revisions.
Dig deep into subjects that interest you
Toppers might not be studying from the same textbooks, but might definitely be researching the topics taught in school. They dig deep and do some personal research of their own, using the internet, encyclopedias, and other sources. NCERT, for instance, provides books for “further reading” at the back of every chapter. That’s because those references will enhance your learning process. Doing such extensive research with a piqued curiosity helps in retaining the subject in your mind, probably forever.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
It’s important to take a break from studies every once in a while. You could do activities like exercising, painting, playing, reading story books, and many more. This would help you rejuvenate yourself and be refreshed for a greater dose of study.
Make notes of everything, literally
Never assume that what the teacher says in class will be obvious to you at home. It won’t. Hence, always take note of everything the teacher says. Also, when reading thick volumes, mark and note down the important points, and make it a point to revisit them often. Note-making is an art, in fact. You could leave a margin in the book that you’re making notes in, so that you can add questions and comments against the notes when you revise. With every revisit of the notes, your notes will become richer and richer. This way, by the end of the year, your notes will be a better guide for you than your textbook!
Don’t worry about the result
Lastly, don’t worry about the result if your preparation has been satisfactory. Education’s purpose is to help you learn, not to help you compete with a classroom full of people. Exams are a way to judge your preparation level. Not everyone can shine in an examination which is, essentially a one-size-fits-all deal. So, don’t be bogged down by results. Always move forward, and learn all you can!
To sum it up, making exams stress free is child’s play! The solution is simple: The “Triple R” Strategy: Read, Revise and Relax!
Memorizing all day and not able to recall same when it is most needed, would be the last thing you would want happening to you. It is very important for us humans and specially students to have a memory of grandmaster to excel in our lives. We are here with 10 simple yet strong tips to help you improve your memory and trick your brain to memorize more and recall information quickly.
- Do Some Exercise
Our brain is like a machine, the better maintenance we do, the less wear and tear we see. For the well functional brain and better maintenance of the machinery, it is very important to exercise. Studies have revealed that a 20mins exercise can dramatically improve your brain power and memory. You know now, the best thing to do before your examination start – walk atleast 20mins and you’ll see improvement in your performance.
- Have Proper Sleep on the Night Before Exams
Sleeping is very important for your brain functionalities. For a better memory, it is highly advisable to atleast take a power nap of 40-45mins. The nap offers enough time for the brain to assimilate all the learning and move it to brain’s long-term memory storage – hippocampus. Sleeping also improves retrieval of information stored in your brain and thus you don’t have to put that extra effort to recall the difficult-to-remember history dates or irky mathematics formulae
- Take Regular Breaks
Taking short breaks during your study hours is always advisable – it helps you concentrate and retain the learning for a longer time. While we say take breaks, we literally mean breaks and not distraction. SMSs, emails, and checking your social accounts are complete distraction. Instead, we would suggest you to lie down, listen to your favorite music and relax for a while.
- Read Aloud to Yourself
What we have learned from our elders is to read and doing it again and again is the key to memorize something. We just want to add our five cents – reading out aloud to yourself fetches you far great results than just reading it repeatedly. When we read, we use only visual pathway to make the memory, but when we read aloud, we add the auditory pathway as well. Thus, reading aloud has reinforced pathways to our memory and help us retain the learning for a longer duration.
- Practice & Practice Some More
Try solving as many problems you can before exams and don’t forget to keep a tap on your timings – this prepares your brain to search for relevant information & retrieve them in no time when needed. Try solving previous year question papers and create exam-like situations – This will help your brain to understand your abilities to respond to the stress and retrieve the information quickly.
- Use Flashcards to Aid Your Memory
Flashcards are small cards with information to be memorized written on them. These cards are especially useful in memorizing names, dates, definitions, equations, formulas and vocabulary words. Flashcards work on improving your memory via quick and regular review of the information shared on them.
- Create Mental Maps and Brain Dumps
A mental map is a visual representation of all the thoughts related to a main idea, preferably drawn by hands for organizing and understanding information. This works very well in enhancing your memory as the idea to be memorized is correlated to various well-memorized stuffs, it includes thorough understanding of the concepts, involves creativity and has visual pathway to your memory. Mental maps make it easier for your brain to create connections between the information and recall it quickly.
- Teach What You Have Learned
When you try to teach what you have learned, you need thorough understanding of the concepts, when you understand something thoroughly, it becomes easy for your brain to recall it. Teaching is thus considered as one of the best tools for cementing our learning and memory.
- Revise for Better Output
Re-reading the concepts just a couple of hours before you head for the examinations, recapitulate it and helps your brain retrieve it from the hippocampus. This re-reading is also stored afresh in your brain’s prefrontal cortex and makes it easier to recall during the examination.
Practicing meditation has been called the best way to de-stress and concentrate. Studies have also found that meditation changes the functions and physical structures of your brain positively – it helps in increasing the attention span, improved memory and sharpen the focus.
We know it for sure, these 10 tips, when followed religiously, will help you overcome the concerns with bad memory, forgetfulness and lack of attention and will give you a Grandmaster`s Memory. Don’t forget to share your own tips to increase the memory in the comment section below.