Tips to Prepare and Study for Exams with Mentoria


Last Updated: September 20, 2022
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Everyone gets jittery when exams are around the corner. In fact, it ranks high amongst things that worry parents. Ever wondered why? It’s simply because there is so much to study and so little time to study! But what if we told you that you could, in fact, breeze through this stressful experience? Let’s find out how!

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Scheduling (Not your Social Media Posts!)

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Plan ahead, and take one step at a time. Break up a subject into smaller sections and study one section at a time. If you want to assign a couple of hours for studying every day, be realistic about it. Dedicate only as much as you can do. Then, check if you can cover the portion until a week before the exams. If not, increase your daily work by a bit. Remember, making a realistic schedule will save you from a lot of stress, as a schedule assists you in defining your priorities so that you can spend the excessive amount of time on the necessary tasks. It will also serve as a helpful reminder of any approaching deadlines. This might help you plan ahead of time so you can meet those deadlines.

2. Stay on Track

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You’ve made the perfect schedule – but that’s the easy part. To succeed, you will have to actually stick to it. If you have decided to study for two hours every day, motivate yourself to do that. Stop trying to convince yourself that you will make up for it the next day. Look at it this way, if you are too lazy to put in two hours today, will you really do four hours tomorrow? Doubtful, right? So, take each day as it comes and make sure you complete what you’ve decided for the day. Assess when you are most alert so that you may schedule your study sessions accordingly.

3. Mind Mapping

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Studying doesn’t always mean that you have to learn in a set pattern. Pick a way that’s most effective for you. Mind Maps, for instance, help you learn visually. When you draw up a mind map, you put the central idea in the middle, and branch out the ideas associated with it, like a spider web. This makes studying interesting because you are not just reading and memorising, you are also doodling, which helps you retain matter better.This type of approach can have a really positive impact on the information you better learn and retain.

4. Play Brain Games

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Often, you might feel like your brain is getting tired. This is natural because like any other muscle in the body, the brain too gets lazy and needs exercising from time to time. Try apps like Lumosity and Peak to kickstart your brain into action. Use these games to boost brain health and avoid boredom or mental block. Brain training may help you enhance your memory, reaction time, and logic skills, making you more exam-ready. Keep flexing that muscle, and you will see that your brain stops feeling fuzzy.

5. Break it

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Speaking of fuzzy minds, have you ever wondered why studying for two hours straight is such a pain? It’s because your brain needs a break. Generally, the mind starts losing focus after a while. So, if you push your brain to study more, it begins to retain less. Tackle this by taking short 5-minute breaks every 15-20 minutes, and starting again with a refreshed mind. Study breaks increase your sense of control over your schedule and allow you to still enjoy your time. So take small breaks and improve efficiency.

6. Relax


What should you do while you take a break? Pick up a novel? Switch on the television or open the YouTube app? Remember, the point is to give your brain a break. So instead of taking up another mental activity, just stand up and move around. Go talk to someone, look at some greenery to relax your mind. You can even meditate and just focus on your breathing. Moving around prevents you from feeling restless. It is a good habit to include some form of physical activity in your day. Although physical activity may not appear to be the most ‘relaxing’ activity, studies have shown that it can enhance sleep and energy levels, as well as lower anxiety and increase brain health and memory.

7. Eat Right

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What you eat also influences how you feel. Eating a heavy meal right before you study will make you sleepy. So, keep your meals light. Maybe snack on some dry fruits if you’re feeling peckish. Have lots of liquids, like juices, smoothies, or just plain old water. Dehydration is usually the culprit behind a lack of focus. The right foods and drinks can re-energize your system, boost your attentiveness, and keep you going through long study sessions.Get your eating habits on track, and your focus will happily follow.

Planning out your preparation and working according to a schedule will go a long way in helping you crack the exam season without too much stress. You have a goal in sight and now you know the steps you need to take to reach that goal. And, if you run into any roadblocks or are confused, we are right here to help. All the best!

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