Pass Exams

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We go to school to gain knowledge. Once we have gained the knowledge, we can apply it to our career, and to solve our day-to-day challenges. While we are in school, our knowledge is challenged and tested in various ways. The most common, and stressful way to assess how much a student is learning, is through tests and exams.

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What You Can Do To Pass Exams

Of course all student want to pass their examinations. Students are aware that the grade they receive on their exams will reflect on their final grades, which in turn, will effect the outcome of their professional lives - their destiny.

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Before taking any exam, you ought to ask yourself this question; Do I fee ready for this exam? If the answer is yes then it is likely that you are well prepared to take the examination. Before you sit for any exam, you have to organize yourself in such a way that you are confident in taking on the exams. Research has shown that students with high motivation levels usually do well in the examinations. The following tips will help you pass your exams.

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Before You Take an Exam or Test - Study!

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When it comes to finals they can be a real stress on the brain from trying to find time to study, to knowing exactly what to study for the final. Some professors or teachers let the students know exactly what to expect on their upcoming test, while others don't let their students know what will be on the test. This often results in a lot of clueless students who have no idea what to study. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, there are many steps you can take in order to successfully pass your exams. Following the steps below will help you to put your best effort forward and pass your exams.

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    Understand exactly what your goal is for passing your exam
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    If you don't know exactly what will be on the exam, providing you didn't sleep through every class, you should have at least a good idea.
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    Make a schedule
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    Make a list of important points to study, and schedule time for each point, or class section.
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    Prioritize
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    More than one exam coming up? Decide which subjects need more of your attention, and which subjects you are confident in, and schedule your time accordingly.
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    Study topics
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    If you are studying for a psychology test, it's in your best interest to study all things that pertain to psychology that you have covered in class. When you don't know exactly what the exam will cover, be a know-it-all.
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    Don't wait until the last minute
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    Start studying ahead of time to ensure that you give yourself time to cover everything you think will be in the exam. Start studying at least a week before a test in hopes that the information will stick but this does not always work and has not proven to be a truly effective action. It might be more prudent to start studying a month prior to the exam. A lot of exams will be announced a month or two months before its official exam date so take advantage of the time to study as much as you can before the final.
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    Know how you study
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    Tap into the way you study - whether it be by reading, hearing the information aloud or writing the information down. Whatever it takes to stick the information in your brain, do it!
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While You're Studying

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    Don't forget to take breaks
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    There is only so long you can study, when it stops sinking into your brain. Take a break. Walk around the block. Put on some music and dance. Take a 20 minutes power snooze.
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    Snack
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    While you are studying, your brain absorbs glucose. In order to replenish the glucose, you need to eat snacks while you study. Often you'll know it's time for food when you are - well - hungry. Also, if you start to nod off, take a break and have a snack.
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    Go to bed
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    If you've gotten to the point where you're holding your eyes open, you aren't studying effectively. Go. To. Bed. If you fight sleep, there's a good chance when you finally go to bed, and sleep, you'll wake up with very little retention of all the things you studied.
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    Get enough rest before the test/exam
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    Put an end time on you studying before you take the test. Stop studying a day before test day. If you continue to study right up to the beginning of the exam, you'll just cause yourself undue stress. This won't help you ace the exam.
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    Sleep for at least eight hours the night before your test/exam to ensure you are well rested.
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    Wake up with more than enough time
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    Don't roll out of bed and race to the exam, as it takes a little while for your brain to wake up.
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    Healthy breakfast
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    Eat a balanced breakfast before taking your test so that you give your brain energy in order to perform at your peak. It is not necessary that you eat a big breakfast but at least enough to help cure your craving for food and also get your mind jogging in the morning. High protein is better than too many carbs.
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    Get your brain going in the morning
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    Read a bit, listen to music, go for a walk, but don't watch TV.
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    Caffeine is a big no-no when it comes to test taking
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    The caffeine can in fact drain your energy that you need in order to focus by absorbing the glucose in the brain. Coffee is useful when trying to get yourself going for work or etc. but when it comes to test taking it can slow down your thinking process which is needed before taking your test.
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    Last Minute
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    Just before the test/exam, use either flash cards you've made, or a list of things you're hoping you don't forget. Sit under a tree, sip on your fresh squeezed orange juice and spend 20 minutes before taking the test/exam to take a last look at your notes.
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    Relax and breathe
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    Relax while in class waiting for your test/exam to be handed out. If you know how to meditate, do that, breathe deeply and don't panic. By relaxing you will able to think clearly about what you are trying to accomplish by passing the test/exam. If you are not relaxed you will freak yourself out or even second-guess your answers, which can prove to be a big mistake.
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    Do your best to ignore other classmates before the exam/test, for a lot of other students will show their nervousness for their personal reasons, which might make you nervous
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    Tell yourself you are ready for this and you have done everything you can to prepare for this exam.
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Tips & Suggestions

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    Take Notes
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    When preparing for your exams, remember to take notes. Students who take notes are likely to recall what they wrote during an exam. Taking notes will help you have a better picture when answering the question asked. Secondly, it is usually easier to revise notes rather than revising a textbook when exams are near.
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    If you are one of those who learn better when you 'hear', consider taping lectures so you can listen to them later at home.
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    Understand the Structure of the Paper
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    Understand the structure of the paper even before you enter an examination room. Find out if there are any marks allocated to a particular topic. This will help you revise for the exam properly.
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    You can do this
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    You have to be confident if you want to pass your exams. Make sure you eliminate the limiting belief that you will not pass. Confidence will help you not to panic during the exam.
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    Memorize Key Ideas and Formulae
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    Make sure you memorize key ideas and formulae when preparing for an exam. Go through the key ideas and formulae before you sleep and when you wake up. Research has shown that students who do this easily recall the ideas and formulae during exam time.
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    Practice For The Exam
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    Practice for the exams by going through your assignments, midterms and mock exams.
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    Time yourself
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    It is important to understand that other than mastery of content the other aspects examiners take note of.  
    1. Look over the entire exam/test before beginning. You don't want to get to the end of the exam, with ten minutes left, and it's an essay question.
    2. Decide how much time you'll spend on each section.
    3. Make sure you finish your questions with enough time to go through the questions and answers again.
    4. Good luck!
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