Mentality For Exams
I have written many posts where I have included how to approach exams but I have never dedicated one post to it. This will allow you to just scroll through this post to find all the information you need on how to smash your exams.
Before exam season, you need to put in the work. Gather as much information and as much topic knowledge as you can because this will make the exam a whole lot easier. Use resources on the internet which are pertinent to your particular subject. Ask teachers for extra support if you need it. Answer as many questions and go through all relevant data. Do whatever it is you need to do to put yourself in the best position when it comes to exams.
When it comes to approaching exams, you must not panic. Do not stress about the number of exams you have or the time between each exam. I know this is easier said than done but trust me on this one, if you stress and panic, you will not perform at your best during the exam and you will completely regret it on results day. Have a schedule as to how you will revise for each subject. Make a plan so that you know what you are spending your time on when it comes to the exam. You should know the format of the exam by this stage so compile a list of tricky questions and topics and assign more time to these when it comes to your revision. Think about the order of questions you will answer the exam in because I know for my English Language GCSE, I had a specific order which I found was most efficient for me when doing my mock exams. Got an A in the end so it didn’t go too bad in the end. Remember, the quote “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” will be your best friend. Adopt a strategy, or different strategies if the first one doesn’t work out, throughout the mock exams so that when it comes to the final exam, you know how best to approach it. Are you going to take breaks during the exam or not? Ask yourself questions to prepare efficiently for the exams you have.
During exams is where most students and most teachers start getting confused with their results. I’ve heard it a million times. “I don’t know how I got a C. I was fully prepared.” Being prepared is one thing but being calm and composed during the exam is the most important aspect in order to ensure success. The quicker you understand this, the better it will be for you in the long run. Think about it like this. Let’s say you know 70% of the content and your exam mentality is so amazing that you can retain 100% of the knowledge you have on a subject. This means you will get 70% on that specific exam and get a B. Now let’s say someone else knows 90% of the same subject but their exam mentality isn’t as good as yours. Let’s assume that they can only retain 50% of the knowledge they have and actually apply it in the exam. This means that they will get 45% on the exam which is ultimately a fail. Now, they knew more of the subject than you but they were stressing during the exam so much that you managed to achieve 3 grades higher than them. That’s the power of having a good exam mindset!
Exam mentality is so important. If you see a question that you don’t like, spend some time on it but if it’s taking too long, then skip it and come back to it when you get the chance. Have a timing set for each question and stick to it. Don’t forget to allocate time at the end to double or even triple check your work to ensure that you haven’t missed anything out or made any silly mistakes. Read the question properly and make sure that your answer fits the question because a lot of the time, students tend to blag what they’re saying and it has no correlation to the question asked. This creates a bad image of yourself to the person who marks your work and they will go on to have this negative perception of you when marking the rest of your paper. If you don’t know what the question is asking, that’s a completely different story. Don’t look at anyone else, focus on you and how you’re doing because if you’re looking at someone smart and they’ve got their head down because they’re stuck, chances are you will feel the same way because you don’t believe that you’re as smart as them. Make sure you have an answer for every question on the paper. Even if you have no idea what the question is asking, write down anything. Because at least the person who is marking your paper will see that you tried to answer the question.
Be calm and composed when taking your exams and you will reach your full potential. I hope this post helps you all out and I genuinely wish that my advice can propel you to success in your upcoming exams. Good luck to all of you guys in the summer and I wish each and every single one of you success.