An essential condition of success in any competitive exam is systematic and planned preparation with single mind devotion. If one is determined to excel, nothing can deter one from achieving one’s goal. Here are some effective and important tips for how to prepare for competitive exams and relaxation techniques.
How to prepare for competitive exams:-
1. Manage your time wisely:
Everyone in this universe have equal time. Time management plays very important role in success of a person.
- First of all review your daily and weekly activities to see what is your necessity and what can be dropped.
- Make your study plan. You should know what to study, how to study and what not to study.
- Make a time table, in which you have time for every subject of your course as well as time for refreshment and other daily activities.
- Set realistic and short/long goals for completion of topics/chapters/books. When you achieve your target, you will feel happiness and it will boost your confidence.
- Some subjects need comparatively more concentration. Assign them the time in which you are more active and alert like in morning you are more fresh.
- You may allocate the last hours to the subjects which are easy and need less concentration because you may be exhausted and feel sleepy in last hours.
- Leave plenty of time to revise so that you don’t have to avoid last minute cramming.
- Turn off your cell phones, try to limit surfing the web while you are studying unless needed for what you are studying. Avoid any distractions that may shift your focus from what you are studying.
2. Get into study mode and planned for study:
- Fix the study place and time for everyday. This will be helpful for concentration. Before start study, repeat two, three times in mind that it is the time for study and now I am going to start study.
- Always study on a comfortable chair and sit in straight position. Avoid to study in recumbent position.
- The secret to success is to start studying as soon as you planned for appearing in an exam, so you do not fall behind.
- Candidates should check carefully the exam pattern and syllabus and level of questions before appearing in the final examination.
- Whatever you have learned, revise the same within 24 hours, after seven days and again after one month for best memorization. Your study will be memories for a long time.
- Make short notes during study and go through your notes before your examination. It will save your time and energy.
- It is always beneficial to practice mock tests of previous years/sample papers within stipulated time period before your final exam to get familiar with final examination.
3. Learn and practice relaxation techniques:
Tensions leads to mental unrest and abnormal mental activity of the mind; it produces worry, care, fear and anxiety. Relaxation is therefore an absolute necessity in order to allow the mental faculties to exercise the greatest freedom. Here are some techniques useful for mind relaxation and better memorisation:
- Meditation and breathing exercises have been proven to be very effective relaxation techniques. By deep breathing, we inhale more oxygen which helps to burn the glucose and release more energy.
- Gets your body moving. Walking is best physical exercise which helps in reducing physical tension and releases natural feed good brain chemicals. By moving your body, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain and melting away stress from your mind and body.
- Spend some time in nature. Get out in nature and enjoy fresh air. Being with nature is a simple and effective way of decreasing stress and increasing your focus which will help you when you return to the books.
- Take consistent breaks. As soon as you notice your mind is losing concentration. Take a 10 to 15 minutes break to get refreshed.
4. Examination day preparation:
- Lack of rest just aggravates stress. Get a good night’s sleep before exam day. Avoid becoming all-nighter to safe from fatigue due to stress and last minute cramming.
- Students should take balanced sleep and diet before one’s examination day.
- Make sure you get reach examination centre well in advance of the exam time.
- If possible, do a test trip to the examination centre. Work out how long it will take to get there – then add on some extra time.
- Check your admit card, basic requirements for examination before move to exam center.
5. Precautions in Examination Hall:
- Read very carefully the instructions on answer sheets/Question Papers.
- Quickly survey every page of the examination. Go through all questions carefully.
- Answer the easiest questions first to guarantee marks in the least amount of time.
- One should read each question carefully and its given alternatives.
- Regularly check time left for answering the rest questions.
- Give yourself time to re-read. Go through your answer sheet when the invigilator’s announcement of “5 minutes remaining”.
- It should be confirmed whether all relevant particulars have been filled in the answer sheet.
- Students must write their name, Roll No., Ticket no., Name of the Examination and Subject at the prescribed place on the cover of the answer book.
- Be cautious that answers in excess of prescribed number will be ignored by examiner. Hence attempt the prescribed number of questions only.
“Single minded focus, conceptual clarity and honest, clear intentions play a more important role. Stay positive and have faith in oneself. When others can do it, then for sure even you can do it.”
However, the above tips are not exhaustive, though, these tips on how to prepare for competitive exams will be definitely beneficial to aspirants.