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Exams are the bane of a student’s existence; most of us don’t mind learning because it’s part of the college experience, but when it comes to cramming for tests and exams, we feel the pain because we tend to do it at the last minute. Almost every student is pressed for time when preparing for an exam – some cope pretty well while others end up stressed out and drained of energy. If you belong to the latter category, here are a few tips that are sure to help you study better when you’re low on time.

  1. Choose what’s important: The eve of an exam is not the time to try and learn your entire textbook, so if you know what really matters as far as the exam is concerned, it makes the studying process easier. The best way to choose what’s important is to have followed your lectures closely, taking notes when your professor was teaching and pointing out the significant aspects of the subject.
  2. Study smart: The art of learning efficiently is a trick that some students are able to apply very well – they scan through a lesson and are able to summarize it in a few points. When you’re able to break down an entire lesson into a list of points, each of which will in turn help you remember what the lesson is all about, you’ve become a smart learner as well. This takes practice to perfect, but with time and experience, you’ll soon become a pro.
  3. Use mnemonics: This was a favorite method of mine when I had very little time to study – I would use random things to remind me of answers to certain questions which required memorization. Acronyms work wonders when you’re trying to remember a list of 20 points; break them down to five each, and make four five-letter words with the first letter of the most important word of each point. It sounds complicated, but once you try it, you’ll find that it’s a great way to remember points or items on a list.
  4. Avoid distractions: With time not on your side, it’s time to find a place that’s low on distractions and high on peace and quiet. Arm yourself with all you need for an intense study session – coffee, snacks, whatever it takes; just ensure that you don’t waste your precious hours by taking unnecessary breaks for food and drink or to chat with friends who just show up. Also switch off your cellphone (tell your loved ones that you have to study so they don’t get worried if they can’t reach you), and if you’re using your laptop and the Internet, stay away from your email and social networks.
  5. Avoid all-nighters: I know college students are (in)famous for these, but when you’re sleep-deprived, your brain decreases in efficiency. So even though you’ve prepared really well, you may have trouble recollecting answers during the examination. So get at least a few hours of sleep before you head out to write your test. If you’re a night owl, stay up late and wake up just in time to get to the exam venue on time, and if you’re an early bird, get to bed early and wake up before the sun to spend some time with your books before it’s time to set out for your test.

This guest post is contributed by Cathy Thomas, she writes on the topic of online computer technician training. She welcomes your comments at her email id: cathy83.thomas<@>gmail<.>com.

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