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How to Improve Your Time Management During Exams

Performing well in exams can indeed seem like an overwhelming pursuit. You are allotted a certain amount of time, you have hundreds of questions to answer and you must tap into the depths of your mind to remember that mathematical equation. It’s Mission Impossible for many students all over the world. 

One of the consistent errors that students worldwide make is a mismanagement of time. Due to the stress element involved with writing an exam, time, which is the most important aspect of a test, is omitted from the game plan. Of course, time is of the utmost importance because it’s a resource that is limited. 

With exam season approaching, how can students, both in high school and college, ace the long awaited physics, English or history exam? It’s an easy answer: manage your time well and you shall perform to the best of your ability. 

Here are seven ways to improve your time management during exams and ace it: 

1. Daily Schedule 

All of our bodily cycles are different. Some of us feel the most energetic in the morning, while others only feel happy and excited in the evening. Whatever the case, be sure to schedule your studying time during the hours that you absorb information the best and have the highest amount of concentration. 

2. Calendar 

Maintaining a calendar throughout exam season can help you better prepare for the big day. The calendar should include a variety of important dates and accomplishments. For instance, one day of the calendar could outline a due date or a deadline for an assignment, while another day could highlight what subject you’re studying for and for how long. A calendar will prove to be your best friend. 

3. Naps & Sleep 

Studies have found that sleeping after reading a book, memorizing a textbook or attempting to grasp a poem can significantly assist you in your plight. What does this mean? Take a 15-minute nap after studying in the morning or afternoon or go to bed immediately for a seven- to eight-hour sleep following your study period in the evening. 

4. Realism 

We all strive for perfection, but sometimes our delusions of grandeur can disappoint us in the end. Instead of aiming for 100 percent on the exam, target a more realistic number. Therefore, it won’t apply too much pressure on you and if you garner several percentage points more than initially intended then you’ll feel great upon receipt of the exam results. 

5. Assessment 

Once you sit down for the exam, you will be given a series of instructions from the professors. As soon as their oration is completed, assess your exams: browse through the pages, find out how many sections there are and peruse a handful of questions to attain a grasp of what the exam will be like. The assessment should only take a couple of minutes. 

6. Agenda & Schedule 

The assessment is finished so now is the time to produce an agenda and a schedule. The agenda should consist of what needs to be completed first and in how long. Remember, the easiest aspects should be completed first to get it out of the way. A good portion of your remaining time must be to answer the hardest sections and questions. 

7. Review 

After two hours and 30 minutes, you have finally completed the exam. Unfortunately, it’s not over. For the last half-hour, you should read through the exam and ensure you have filled in every multiple choice question, written down complete sentences for long-form questions and utilized the correct formula for those chemistry questions. Don’t just sit there, relax and pat yourself on the back. 

Most of us have to go through exam seasons several times during our lifetime. It is dreaded, but it’s also a time to showcase your temerity, organizational skills and the power of your mind (retention, stress and attention). Preparation is the key to so much in life, including your exams. 


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