Exam attacks: 10 useful tips for applicants
1. Spend less time on social media
Now in Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki and Twitter there are a lot of posts about the upcoming Exam. Some applicants take pictures of themselves against the background of textbooks, others write heartbreaking texts on the theme of "imminent death", someone begins to terrorize classmates with requests to help solve this or that task. In addition, fraudsters are becoming more active who offer to buy answers to the exam or spy devices to successfully pass the exam. But reading news, announcements and statuses takes time, which is already very little.
The most radical way to deal with the excess of information is to arrange for yourself a fashionable "digital detox" and temporarily retire from social networks. A compromise option is to try to minimize your time on your favorite resources, limiting it, for example, to 10-20 minutes a day. You can even try to introduce yourself a rule: go to your page only in the evening, when everything is done, or exclusively in the morning, but no more than one or two times a day. In the event that something did not work out - to read an important rule, to analyze a difficult task - it is better not to Exam social networks at all, otherwise there is a great risk of "getting stuck" there and not being able to do anything.
2. Develop an individual strategy
All people are different. There are people who are slow and hyperactive, lazy and active, with good switchability, or, conversely, those who have difficulty learning new things. Notes help some to remember information, others are better at reading textbooks, and still others willingly listen to audio recordings of lectures. Parents should help the graduate understand their own characteristics and together with him develop an individual exam preparation plan that takes into account his nature. His own strategy, which the 11-grader will begin to adhere to, will be useful to him more than once in the future - at sessions at the university, attestations at work and in many other things. You can also write an individual strategy for writing essays. With the help of the book report helper, you can learn to express your thoughts clearly on paper. Also, this strategy will help to further develop creatively.
3. Look for your weak points
Do not think that now you can master the entire school curriculum and pass the Exam by 100 points, if you have not repeated anything before. Many 100-point students do not get tired of saying that the Exam is a system, so the main task should be to find the weak links in the chain. It is easy to calculate them: you need to open any manual for preparing for the exam or demonstration options with codifiers and specifications, take a quick glance at all the tasks and find the most difficult ones among them. And then - read the rules, decide and consolidate knowledge, independently or with the help of a mentor.
4. Eat right
Someone in a stressful situation does not get a piece in the throat, but someone, on the contrary, begins to lean on food. Both habits are in no way right, as they can lead to gastritis and stomach ulcers. To prevent this from happening, you should not neglect proper and nutritious nutrition. It also requires a lot of fluid to keep your brain active, so always keep a bottle of water or a cup of healthy green tea on your desk.
Doctors recommend paying special attention to breakfast, since it is this meal that gives a person an energy charge for the whole day. In order for the body to really "wake up", in the morning you need to drink a glass of water, and after a while start the first meal, which must include fiber and proteins (this can be porridge, an egg, low-fat cottage cheese, a little cheese, nuts and dried fruits, apples).
For lunch and dinner, it is useful to eat foods containing B vitamins and iron - red meat and liver, seafood and fish, whole grain bread and cereals, cereals, cauliflower, mushrooms. You should also think about snacks, but instead of sweets and chips, it should be fruits and vegetables. Sometimes you can also afford a little dark chocolate, and it is better if it is bitter, because glucose helps the brain to work.
6. Load yourself wisely
The Exam is aimed at testing a large amount of knowledge, so it is quite normal to get tired after some time after the start of the repetition. In order not to overwork, you need to remember about breaks and make yourself "changes" lasting 10-15 minutes every 40-50 minutes.
You also need to remember the past wisely: within 15-20 minutes after mastering the material, then after 8-9 hours, and then after a day. With each repetition, experts recommend focusing on errors and analyzing them. It is worth referring to the book if you cannot remember something within 2-3 minutes.
In order for the information to be remembered for a long time, you need to gradually increase the time intervals between repetitions - remember every other day, then after two, and so on. This technique will allow you to consolidate the material in your memory for a long time.
7. Alternate between different activities
Doing the same things over and over again can burn out and become unmotivated. Therefore, after reading or listening to lectures for a long time, it is useful to take a walk in the fresh air, run or jump. The alternation of different types of activity allows the brain not to get tired and stock up on new strength for learning.
Teachers also recommend alternating subjects. It is on this principle that the lesson schedule is built - so why not do the same at home or in class with a tutor? First literature, then math - this way you can learn much more than if you cram the same thing all day.
8. Study with friends
Studying with friends can be much more fun than repeating the material alone. You can discuss difficult issues, check the tasks of the durga from a friend and help each other remember the theory - this will allow you to better assimilate information and consolidate knowledge. No wonder they say that one head is good, and two is better, especially if your classmate or classmate studied well at school and set an example for others. Nevertheless, one should not forget about the main goal - to pass the exam. It is better to communicate off topic in between classes.
9. Visualize knowledge
Diagrams, tables and diagrams can become an applicant's best friend. Information presented in a visual form is assimilated with a bang, as it helps to systematize knowledge and create an overall picture of what is happening. In addition, the very process of developing such materials serves as a kind of mnemonic exercise. According to research by scientists from the University of Waterloo (Canada), drawing is the most effective way of memorizing, ahead of writing. The point is that this process allows you to directly create easily accessible mental images of objects. Colored markers and pens can be used to create visual cues to highlight important points.
10. Don't panic
Panic is counterproductive. To cope with it, you can use various relaxation techniques - meditation, breathing exercises, gymnastics, etc. But it is better not to take medications without a doctor's recommendation. The easiest way to stop being nervous is to close your eyes and sit in silence for 10-15 minutes, trying not to think about anything or imagining something pleasant, for example, the ocean or the forest and the singing of birds.
In addition, one must not forget that the Exam is only the first of a series of challenges that adult life throws at young people. Exam results do not reflect the value of a person, but only serve to test how he has learned certain information. In other words, do not exaggerate the importance of the exam: yes, it is an important exam, but not enough to deprive you of peace and sleep because of it.