Almost everyone in Singapore will go through this stage in their lives. Some would prepare for their subjects way in advance but many would be cramping their revisions only when it’s a few weeks or even a few days when the exam is due. No matter how prepared you are for the papers, you need to take note of the following list of things to do few days before the exams to make sure you are ready to go when you sit for the papers:
1. Revise your notes
By now, you should have written copies of short notes which summarise the content of your thick textbook. Capture essential short paragraphs and have it re-written in point forms so that it would be easy to remember. Use colourful mind maps (if preferred) so that it would be easier for your brains to absorb these pointers. Note that your short notes are meant to be short (duh!) and do not attempt to re-write the whole text book! Rule of thumb, the notes should be just enough to summarise important topics and one which you can easily digest on the day before you sit for the exam. What’s important is that you understand the concept / logic of the subject and once you have done so, the pointers are just there for you to remember key points so that you would not leave out any important arguments.
2. The most important sheet of information.
I cannot stress enough this point. We’ve heard many incidents when students simply had their exam dates mixed up and ended up panicking when they realised they have prepared for the wrong subjects! Have your exams time-table handy and have it placed at your study table and make sure you won’t miss it. Refer to it often and you could also use it to plan your revision schedule. And if you are a private candidate, be sure to check out the location of your exams and do research on how to get there.
3. Blurred Visions? You lack this.
This is pretty straight forward. You will need all the concentration you could have while attempting your exam papers. There are times when we heard stories about how students would burn mid-night oil to do last minute revisions on the night before the exams. You’ll need at least 7 hours of uninterrupted rest so that you can have enough concentration for the next day. Do not attempt to take your exams with just a few short hours of sleep or worst, not at all. You will not do justice to that subject as you will soon realise you will perspire lots and you could hardly read the questions on the paper as you start to have blur visions due to insufficient rest.
4. Skip your Breakfast?
This pretty goes hand in hand with point 3. Eating well also helps in making sure your physical wellness is taken care of for the big day. You’ve heard many reports stressing the importance of having breakfast daily helps develop your minds. Start (if you haven’t) or maintain the habit of eating your breakfast before you start your day. Of course, avoid oily food which have high tendency of making your stomach upset on the day before and on the day when you are having the exams. Don’t make it a show stopper. You can celebrate after your exam period is over.
5. Be on Time! ….and Relax.
Things that could go wrong will go wrong! Heard about the recent saga of students ended up late for their exams due to transport breakdown? Well, if it’s a mega transportation breakdown, I guess you would have no other alternative. That’s being extreme. Note is, be at your exams hall early and be there at least 30 minutes in advance. While there, relax your mind and do not attempt to do last minute cramping of pages of notes into your mind. You’ll mess it all up. Have a light chat with your friends. Chat about anything except about the subject you are taking (avoid those who will ask you tons of exam related questions and this will definitely make you more panic) and take a deep breathe and give yourself a pat on your shoulder and tell yourself that today is gonna be a good day before you enter into the examinations hall.
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