1. Early start: While cramming is not the worst form of studying but it certainly isn’t the best. Start being serious at least 1 or 2 months before the big day. If not you will most likely cram- a very ineffective form of studying, it demands you to stay for long hours on table staring at a book and most likely memorizing- a back pain, a sore eye and a headache is the last thing you want before the exam day.
2. Don't memorize it all: Learn for the fun of it. In some cases memorizing cannot be avoided but remember that repetition which is not necessarily memorizing is a better form of learning and remembering things.
Most subjects demand technical comprehension and the tests will most likely check your grasp on those subjects. You won’t fetch good grades if all you do is memorize.
3. Study smart: It is not about the amount of hours you spend but rather the quality of it. We study to learn and how much we’ve learnt must reflect on a piece of paper at the end of the year or semester, so yes, technique is important.
Studying continuously for 6 hours may result in poorer results when compared to 45 minutes of study with breaks in for a total of 6 hours is bound to be more fruitful. Be smart, our brains are wired differently- we can't all want or prefer the same methods.
4. Revision: It is wise to revise in a timed way of your preference; like every day or every week or at the end of every chapter or unit of your syllabus. Your brain will learn well when you’ve gone through something more than once, the more the better.
5. Don't choose portions from your syllabus: If you are omitting some parts then the most likely cause is that you don’t understand it, so clear any kind of doubt by asking your teacher or discussing it with your friends. Choosing what to study for an exam is a very risky game and can cost you a lot of marks.
6. Learn to take breaks while studying: 10-15 minutes is fine and within that time process everything you’ve studied and think about it, let it seep into those neurone junctions. The breaks cannot include watching TV, logging in on Facebook or Twitter
7. What not to do 1 hour before the exam: Please don’t open your notes and start reading through or flipping the pages because it will most likely make you nervous, for a lot of different reasons. And also do not start quizzing your friends or let them quiz you, if you get something wrong it’ll make you lose your calm and calm is what you want in the exam room. Yes, keep a neutral and calm mind.
8. Don't count your marks while writing the exam: Don’t go counting how much marks you’ve obtained and lost with the answers you’ve written. It’ll not help you at all and anxiety will definitely follow; so no counting marks