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Everyone has different study habits do it is wise to find what works for you personally. For me, I have found that I retain knowledge when I study frequently, but in short amounts of time. I continually review the material so that I am able to retain it easier. It was also easier for me to retain material when I studied with a friend and we quizzed each other.
I've always heard that it's good to read over study materials right before you go to bed. Supposedly your brain is more likely to retain them. I don't know if there is anything scientific to support it, but it's always worked well for me. If I seriously need to learn something, I'll look at it last thing before I go to bed and first thing upon rising in the morning.
With about a week to go, I think that you have identified a critical moment where good things can happen if you are able to seize the "fierce urgency of now." On one hand, I think you need to make a honest assessment of what needs to be studied before the exam and devote a portion of time each night of study and review leading up to it. There is no way you can reteach yourself the entirety of the marking period in six days, but you can identify the critical points based on teacher instruction and syllabus as to what has to be reviewed. A significant effort to ensure that this review happens on a nightly basis leading up to the exam will allow you to solidify concepts and ensure a greater chance of success. In the final analysis, I think that this is the moment for you right now to seize and to take and is something that you are going to have assume at this particular moment in time.
Do not panic. You have mostly been exposed to the things that will be appearing on the test, so all you need to do is make a list of all the MOST important topics, and give a BRIEF paraphrase of what each is, and why they are important.
6 days is more than enough time (in my opinion) for a review, because none of the topics will be new for you. They are thingss you have already studied. Remember also, plan your strategy for deduction: If you end up having to guess an answer, always start by taking away the LEAST reasonable answer, and move on to the one that could make the most sense.
Read each question CAREFULLY= Remember that all tests give u the answer right in front of you.
And, again, relax. Stress will make you question your instinct as a test taker.
I find you are more serious than me. I usually sit to study when I find that there remain two days left for the exam. :)
Anyway, first I'll say, do not worry. Getting worried would never make your exam better. Just leave thinking too much, and begin studying. There are many a students who do well reading for a few days. Then, why should you worry?
At first, if it becomes difficult to concentrate, listen to a fresh and melodious song, then have a warm bath, and then sit to study. Categrise your syllabus according to importance, and start from which is the most important.
Don't forgive to pray if you have belief in God.
There is no way to recover the time already lost. The only thing you can do is to loose no more time to make best use of time you already have.
To make best use of time, which, I believe, is less than the minimum required by an average student to make adequate preparation for the exams. You can consider the following suggestions.
- Be realistic. Perhaps you cannot do as good preparation as you would like to. So find out what is the best that you can do realistically. This would mean two things, - being selective in subjects and chapters within a subjects to be studied and the level of proficiency to be aimed at.
- Selects the subjects and topics based on their importance for the exams as well as your ability to learn them.
- Prepare a timetable of studies allocating available time to different subjects and topics.
- In your time table do make some provision of revision.
- Stick to your timetable.
Organization is the key to most problems; that and a positive attitude. If you think that fora minute, you can't do well, you won't. So stay organized and stay positive. First, make general outlines of your notes or the material that you studied. Make a general outline for all of the material, and only fill in the details when done with all of the outlines. Then, look at the outlines and pout them in order from most difficult to easiest, and study the most difficult ones first, since they require the most time. After you looked over all of the outlines, think of broad questions that might be asked of you in essays, and work towards finer points that will be asked on multiple-choice tests. Also, go over any vocabulary words that you are unfamiliar with. I hope everything works out for you.
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