Got an upcoming board exam to prepare for? We got you! Here are some tips to ace your much-dreaded exam.
- Set a schedule and stick to it.
Plot all the topics covered by your exam in a calendar. Set a goal that you need to finish for each day. It's up to you how you'll schedule everything that you need to study for but make sure that it will be realistic so that you won't have any problem catching up! By making studying a habit, there'll be less stress and pressure.
- Prepare your review materials.
Gather all your review materials and resources—college notes, handouts, previous test papers, and most importantly, your books. You can also ask your friends or people you know who have taken the board exam already for additional reviewers.
- Choose the perfect study area.
If you don't find your room conducive enough for studying, you may opt to stay in a place where you can focus and won't be distracted. Coffee shops and cozy cafes are definitely first on the list for those who wish to study while enjoying their favorite cup of coffee to keep them awake for hours. There are also co-working spaces ideal for group study. If you don't want to spend anything, you can always use your school library or public libraries located in your city.
- Write down your own notes instead of typing them.
Don't rely too much on photocopied notes. Always keep a handy notebook and pen with you. It would better to write whatever info you find important while you're reading. Trust me, you'll retain info better that way.
- Use highlighters.
Highlighters are helpful for remembering important details as well. You may also follow a color coding when highlighting. For example, you can use green highlighter for terms, yellow for definitions, pink for names of people, or orange for important dates to remember.
- Limit the use of social media and block all distractions.
Have the proper mindset! Even though you don't really need to deactivate any of your social media accounts, you have to discipline yourself not to spend too much time on the internet. There could be a lot of distractions on your Feed that could take away your focus.
- Sleep after studying.
Have you ever thought of pulling an all-nighter? Don't ever be jealous on people who didn't sleep because they studied all night. When you stay up all night, it will be less likely for you to remember everything you read. Sleeping after learning improves memory. So lie down and grab some power nap!
- Reward yourself.
Make sure you reward or treat yourself for every goal you reach. Perhaps you can watch an episode or two of your favorite K-Drama or TV series for every five chapters you finish? Don't end up binge-watching though. Always check and stick to your schedule.
- Share your knowledge.
When you're done reviewing, you may teach a friend or discuss with someone what you have learned so far. Another option would be discussing out loud what you read even when you're just alone. By doing any of these two, you'll be able to gauge how much you know already. Listening to yourself will also help you remember concepts better.
- Take breaks.
Don't forget to take breaks. There will be moments when you feel like you can't absorb anything anymore. You can't force your brain if you're exhausted already. Rest if you must because you need to take care of yourself too.
But above all else, believe in yourself. Of course, you have to trust yourself that you can do it. Be optimistic and stop those negative thoughts. Too much worrying will only stress you out and prevent you from studying effectively. Set your mind on passing your board exam and nothing can stop you from earning that dream license!