How to face examinations confidently

Two girls writing their examinations in a classroom
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Examinations are around the corner. For many students examination days are days of fear and worry. As a result, they are unable to concentrate and make any progress. Examinations are not to be considered as essential for our education process. All the same, they help us to make an evaluation; it is an opportunity to feel proud of ourselves and a time to check out our style and methods of studying and preparing. Examinations help us measure our intellectual calibre, memory power and concentration.

Success in exams depends on a positive condition of mind and body, or the power of work and courage. The more we invest ourselves in an exam, the better are our chances of success.

In order to prepare well in advance, we need self-confidence and a strong mind to dedicate time and energy to prepare for an examination.

Preparation can be on three levels:

a. Remote preparation
This is the time to learn and record as many facts as possible. This is usually done by reading books and material eagerly and extensively. Here your intention is to improve your treasure of knowledge. It is this study that helps you to outshine other students. Daily study and preparation of the next day’s classes also come within the purview of remote preparation.

b. Mediate Preparation
At this level, students should focus more on the syllabus and study, keeping the examination in mind. Sure and complete reading and studying are necessary to score good marks in the examination. Sufficient revisions have to be made and the subject must be clear to the student. Here, the student takes short notes using different systems like preparing short note cards based on a topic. Each card will deal with one subject.

c. Immediate preparation
Immediate preparation is done when the exams are just under your nose. You will have no time to spare for any other purpose. Your mind will be filled with exam “mania”. This is the time for intense concentration, and making the best use of your memory. The cards or the short notes you have made during the second stage will be of great help here.

There are certain things in life that we need to do though we do not like them, as they are essential for our growth. Most of the time it is these painful things and experiences that promote our growth and success. William James, the American psychologist, used to say, “Everyone, especially young people, should do everyday something which one does not like to do.”

Certain things in life require nothing less than full commitment. Examinations are one such thing which require full commitment and hard work. Examination demands toil and pain of studying with intense concentration. This develops the discipline needed to do what is necessary even though it may be unpleasant. Anything worthwhile in life demands sacrifice, pain and self-discipline.

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A. R. John

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A. R. John is a playwright and has written articles for various magazines. He has eleven books to his credit, including Your Life Is Beautiful. He also conducts camps, seminars and self-development programmes.