Tip 1: Memorizing important formulas
In some countries, students are given the flexibility to bring in a cheat sheet, usually a small note card whereby students can jot down important formulas, saving them time in having to memorize too much all in crunched period of time. So, if you’re given the option to bring in a cheat sheet into class, then please do take advantage of that, write out all the formulas and key points and it will definitely bring you good relief.
However, this is not true for some countries. Students are expected to have it all memorized and if that is the case, write out all the formulas pertinent to your exam ahead of time and take time in reviewing them on a daily basis. This would definitely be beneficial for you and also lessen the stress factor.
Tip 2: Be well rested
Try to get as many sleep hours as you can. A good minimum of 7-8 hours the night before your exam should be ideally great. Please do keep in mind that good sleep will provide you with the ability to stay focused and alleviate having that “brain fog” throughout your exam.
Tip 3: Revision
Please take time in reviewing the material thoroughly and be sure to understand the key concepts. Good review leads to good revision. Let’s have a look at an example: If we’re talking about the Pythagorean Theorem on your syllabus, try to think about this theorem and see if you can recall problem solving. If you feel that you’re struggling, let’s go back to that chapter and revise key points. Good revision is attained when you have thoroughly covered all syllabus topics, understanding them comfortably.
Tip 4: Stress management
Be calm, confident and positive! I know this is easier said than done, but if it gets too overwhelming, it is totally fine to take a good break. Do what brings you happiness, such as listening to your favorite music, indulging in your favorite snacks/ desserts, or just going out for a quick breeze. Remember, low stress levels are strongly linked to high performance rates. Be strong and you can do it!
Tip 5: Group study
If time permits, plan out a group session with your classmates. Group studies are quite effective and allow you to bring confidence to the table by teaching your peers. By teaching, not only are you revising, you may also relieve your stress levels. Sharing knowledge is definitely fruitful in the long run.
Tip 6: Time management
Focus on the important concepts! If you find yourself struggling on certain topics, let’s go back to the book and crack down that material first. Be aware of how much time you would like to put into those chapters. Needless to say, it would be great if you massage the chapters thoroughly where you may find most difficulty. Also, if your teacher provides you with an exam review, be sure to familiarize yourself with those topics as well.