Witsies tell Wits Vuvuzela what their study tips are for “hell month”. THE MONTH from hell is here and students across the country are bracing themselves for it. With tests and assignments, students already have their hands full but as if that is not enough, there is still exams. So to help with “hell month”, Wits Vuvuzela asked students what were their study tips and exam preparation guides.
1.PREPARE IN ADVANCE
Start preparing for your exams well in advance. Divide your work into sections and make a study timetable that will help you to prepare yourself. Complete the easy sections and/or the sections that you already know. This will help you prepare efficiently.
Make study notes to help you understand and remember the work instead of learning to forget.
3. THEY SAY “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT”
Preparing in advance will also give you time to go over some past papers which will give you an idea of how the exam paper is laid out and if you are lucky, maybe a question from a past paper will be in your exam.
Create a ‘teaching space’ (even if it’s to a wall) and study aloud. This will force you to understand the work.
5. LEARNING THE WHOLE TEXTBOOK ABOUT 5 MINUTES BEFORE THE EXAM?
Avoid cramming your work in as this will not help you understand the work and without understanding the work you are not learning to remember but you are learning to forget.
6. RISE AND SHINE
Waking up early allows you to be more productive and absorb information as you are fresh but you also need…
Get a good night’s rest during exams. If you are tired, you will not be able to study efficiently and your brain will not be able to make sense of the work that you are trying to understand and learn.
When you see that you are getting bored, restless and cannot concentrate, take a 5-10 minute study break to refresh your mind and wake your body up.
9. TAKING A STUDY BREAK? THEN YOU SHOULD EXERCISE TO REJUVENATE YOUR BODY.
Exercising will increase blood flow to the brain which will help with concentration.
Keeping a calm and positive mental state will help you focus during exams and prevent you from blanking out during a paper and will keep all self-doubt at bay.
Witsies, these are tips from your tutors and fellow students at Wits. PS: Wits gives you the edge and you got this.
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