The process of preparing for examinations is often intimidating, stressful, and time-consuming. However, with the right knowledge and preparation, which entails prior preparation, the process can be simple and exciting. The first stage in the process of preparing for examinations is making the study timetable. It is advisable to start the study early, so as to study without experiencing pressure due to lack of time. A student should read through all the notes that will be covered by the examination; the student may need to consult with the teacher.
The second stage in preparing for examinations is reviewing the notes taken during the study, taking notes while studying, and reviewing the syllabus for the examination subject. During this stage, it is important to review study guides and models, as these guide the student in revising relevant selections of topics from the textbook and syllabus. The third stage in the process of preparation is studying ahead of the examination, during the few weeks or days before the examination.
The activities to be taken during this stage include making flash cards for the detailed information contained in the syllabus and notes; tackling questions during study to verify the acquisition of knowledge, and tackling model questions contained in the textbook and model exam papers. During the day of the exam, it is important to wake up and prepare early for the examination, so as to avoid the last minute rush and pressure.
The fourth stage in the preparation is reviewing sample examination questions, so as to get a hint of the complexity and difficulty of the exam. Consulting teachers before the examination is necessary, as some provide guidance about the test. The fifth stage in preparation is forming study groups, which can be made up of just two people. Study groups can be used weeks or days before the exam, and the members quiz one another and chat about the concepts covered, so as to improve comprehension levels.