All else is immaterial now – try to forego distractions, prioritise
Exams are the great leveller of this month. Everyone has to write, everyone has to prepare. And everyone will be having some form of FOMO (fear of missing out) due to being cooped up in their rooms.
Clear your mind of distractions to help you get through the next month. With exams season in full swing and life with your nose in your books, take note of the following tips, by Kerry Damons of Boston City Campus and Business College.
Be a tiger:
If you come across work that you don’t understand, pursue an answer relentlessly. E-mail the lecturer, sms the teacher; make an appointment to see or call them, ask a colleague.
Do whatever it takes to be clear on every aspect of your course material.
Join a study group:
No, it’s not too late. In fact now is a good time as hopefully everyone will have made good progress in exam prep, it’s much easier to study with others who have similar academic knowledge, so that you can test each other and assist each other. Study groups are best for times that you find it really difficult to study, such as the much-maligned grave-yard/afternoon study slots.
If you find you are tiring, the activity of actually writing out the work, summarizing and testing yourself helps maintain focus and attention, and aids in letting the work be absorbed.
Do as many past test papers that you can get your hands on. It’s the best way of assessing your knowledge. And so many times,
people who have done many past papers come across one or more familiar questions during the exam.
Try and replicate exam conditions:
turn your phone off, don’t talk, time yourself etc. You can set yourself a study test or practice exam questions and, if you do this seriously, you can get a very good idea of how much you know.
Boston conducts mid-term assessments to keep students continuously working, and Universities such as Unisa require the completion of assignments in order to gain entrance to the exam.
It’s the digital age – use the internet:
Your text books and notes are essential, but for a deeper look, great understanding and enhanced education, the internet has wonderful tools and free on-line lectures and talks that will add value to your learning experience.
It is also a good time to sort out some academic administration.
Universities and tertiary institutions will be closing their applications, and it is important to make sure that your registration for 2016 is complete.
You may need to re-register, investigate modules or research new skills.
Kerry Damons adds that a career decision in November is more important than ever, as courses fill up quickly. It is essential to decide what you will be studying and where, so that you can put your mind at rest during the December vacation.
Visit: www.boston.co.za for more information.
Workplace 6 November 2013 – Abridged.