First step in preparation of the exam is to know how important the examination is to you. Based on the course you are going to pursue , say Engineering, Medical and so on , you should know the required Marks level and set the target at least 20% above that . For example: if you have to join only Government Engineering college as the fees are one tenth of the private engineering colleges. The target should be in the band of 95 – 100%. My target should be able to score 120 %.i.e. if you are allowed to answer all questions instead of leaving them in choice you should be able to score 120 marks again. In other words you should be able to answer all the questions equally well to score maximum. Similarly if your aim is getting 60%, you must set your target at 80% and if your aim is only to pass then your target should be 60%. For example: If you want jump 5’6’’ you must develop capability to jump 6 Feet – only then will you jump 5’6” in 10 out 10 times. Otherwise you will definitely trip at least in 5 tries out of 10. For instance in a match, you are given only three tries for the record 5’6”for which you are not hundred percent sure that you will jump 5’6”. You have to take into considerations the aspects of nervousness and tension, in a match or an examination, which is very natural.
The difference between students who score 100% and students who score in a band of 90 to 100% is the silly errors committed by them in the exam. Errors such as ‘+’ in place of ‘-‘, numbers not written properly, end not finished properly in Maths, spelling errors in English and Tamil.In terms of intelligent level and understanding level there may not be any difference between students who score 100% and the students who score 80%. The real difference between them is in their study methodology or the way they practice studies. The parents play a very significant role in the student’s achievements. Out of 10 students who score 100%, 9 have their parents behind them. The home ambience is one of the most important aspects in the student’s performance. Of course there are students who have scored 100% from living in Huts, and some who studied from under the Street lights. In those situations the explanation is: it is absolute commitment and self belief, self motivation and sense of responsibility, and the sense of feeling that their life depends on education. They naturally adapt right methodology, which includes learning the lessons properly. She/he will not blame anyone or anything but will keep their focus on studies, they are passionate, obsessed, they are on a mission and not just on another assignment. Once if every student gets that feeling, surely she/he will score 100%.
Now that the target is set, let us get down to brass stack.30 days during exam time:
One of the parents should be at home when the child return from the school, taking care of the Childs needs – Proper healthy food that the child likes.
Encourage the child to sleep well, at least for a minimum of 6 continuous Hours of sleep.
Encourage them to play at least one hour in the evening, to relax for at least Half an hour every two Hours.
Inculcate meditating practice – just half a minute before every time the child starts to study and leaves the study. Like the computer, human brain needs to be properly opened and closed for effective intake.
Discourage T V viewing as it is a major deterrent, like virus in the computer. TV, being a strong medium, will corrode the information stored in the brain for the purpose of exam. Parent must not also watch TV when the child is studying in the house.
During exam time do not be behind them asking questions. More importantly you need to be available to the child as a resource, be there to clarify their questions.
Parents should be like a coach to their children, if a parent cannot be a coach, they should help the child to access to an expert coach easily.
Primary responsibility of the parent is to create and make the right resources available to the child in their pursuit of knowledge or effective learning.
In normal circumstances, encourage the child to make the best use of the resources available in the school such as Teachers, libraries etc. Teachers are experts, discuss with them about your child and right study methodology for him/her.
Focus on learning. Do not mug up or cram.
Your focus should be in learning and understanding the subject. List out all your doubts in a subject – get them clarified with your school teacher or your parents or expert in the subject. Go Para by Para in your text book. There should not anything that you are not able to explain. Organize Cooperative learning – take classes to others in rotation- as you explain your understanding level will go up – Questions should be asked by others .Then practice – writing - as many times as possible. Always understand the subject, familiarize and understand the meaning of key words. Practice all problems, Formulae, definitions, as many times as possible. More you practice [Writing], less errors will you commit in the exam.
Basically there should not be any problem in the book that you are not able to solve. If you are thorough with your book, 70% is assured.
In the 30 days before the exam time, you should be obsessed with you studies, nothing else should matter to you.
Have a study time table convenient to you – that should include eating time. Sleeping time and play time. Be careful about what you eat. Eat less; do not over eat.
Before you start and close the studies, mediate to get into the mode and to get out safely. Otherwise, like you would lose files when you close the computer wrongly, part of what you studied in the end will get erased or become hazy.
DURING EXAM TIME:
Leave the child alone. Be there like a janitor; attend immediately to their calls for water, tea or milk, food etc., never speak anything negative. Keep pepping him/her up
Do not invite guests or have party in the house during 30 days of the exam. If you want your child to get 100%, then you will have to be altruistic, to leave such enabling ambience that stimulates your child’s study.
At least two days before the starting of the exams make a checklist of the implements required and ensure you have them- Pencils, Pens in spare.
After each exam, relax, have a nap, do not worry too much about the mistakes you had committed in the exam and check your implements for the next day – put them in a bag that you carry daily – so that you will not have to waste time before going to the exam and get tensed if something is found not alright.
During exam times – do not study through the night – you may get blocked out when you sit in the exam hall, once you get ready write answers.
Only revise what you have studied- do not take up any new subject.
On the day of the exam, get up a little late than usual, be cool, check the implements
Go to the exam hall just before the time – do not look into the book.
In the Exam hall:
- Be cool – listen to the instructions carefully – take time to read the question paper carefully, understand the instructions and then start to write.
- Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to.
- Bring a watch with you so that you can better pace yourself.
- Stay positive throughout the whole exam and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
- Keep your eyes on your own paper, you don't want to appear to be cheating and cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.
- Do the easiest problems first. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on especially when time is a factor.
- Do the problems that have the greatest point values first.
- Don't rush but pace yourself. Read the entire question and look for keywords.
- Ask the instructor for clarification if you don't understand what they are asking for on the test.
- Write legibly. If the grader can't read what you wrote, they'll most likely mark it wrong.
- Always read the whole question carefully. Don't make assumptions about what the question might be.
- If you don't know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.
- Don't worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you.
- If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions, only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.
- Most importantly it has to come from within you, a hunger for achievement. The sense of responsibility that you are writing the exam and getting good marks is for you. Take it as training. There are much bigger things waiting for you.
Take the first step firmly; you can climb other steps in the Life Ladder easily.