There are exams and then there are exams; some are more important than others because they can make or break your dreams, and in the process, make or break your life. Competitive exams are nerve-wracking ordeals, especially because you are competing against hundreds of thousands of others who are also vying for the limited prizes available. So your chances of success depend on more than just your natural abilities – you need to step up your preparation and performance by more than just a notch if you want to succeed. Here are a few study tips that help you do just that:
- Start early: The best time to start preparations for important exams is yesterday, which means that you need to start as soon as you can. A little preparation every day goes a long way in helping you remember what you’ve learned rather than a large amount of cramming towards the end. Don’t put off starting the studying process, because if you do, you lose out on more than just time.
- Choose quality over quantity: Rather than studying for hours together and just memorizing all that you can, set up an intelligent system of study that allows you to learn more within a shorter period of time. This way, you don’t tax yourself too much and also end up doing more than you usually do.
- Don’t look at what the rest of the crowd is doing: Don’t compare your progress to that of your friends or classmates who are also taking the same exam with you. Instead, stay true to your schedule and focus on your efforts alone. The same advice holds good when you’re writing your exam too – don’t look around at what the rest of the competition is doing; keep your eyes on your paper and concentrate on what needs to be done.
- Stay focused: Don’t let anything derail your study plans, not family, not friends, not any crisis. If your goal is to crack the exam, you need to be focused and not succumb to any distraction that comes your way. Ensure that your family and friends give you the time and space you need to prepare for a competitive exam.
- Don’t give up: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Don’t give up just because you tasted failure in your first attempt. Instead, use this as motivation to do better the next time, and use your experience to avoid making the same mistakes that cost you success the last time you took the exam.
Confidence is everything when you’re sitting for a competitive exam, so make sure you have plenty of it by preparing adequately.
This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of firstname.lastname@example.org.