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10 BEST EXAM PREPARATION TIPS: DURING THE LOCK-DOWN

These Best 10 Exam Preparation tips will help all Zimbabwean students during the lock down.

Charity Ngwenya

This lock-down has hit us all in the hardest and unexpected ways. We have since experienced closure of schools, Students financiers losing their jobs as companies have embarked on a massive retrenchment alternatives. The year itself didn’t start on a good note due to the unprecedented fees hikes owing to the country’s inflationary economy. The news of the novel corona virus is now the topic of every media house, publishing institutions, social medias just to mention but a few. We all have experienced the pandemic’s buzzing effects on the global village but closely for the purposes of this article to the students fraternity world over. As a result every normal being on earth is stressed, panicking, the list is endless.

But does this horrifying and uncertain time mean that, this is the end of it all? There is life after Covid 19 and the lock-down. We have degrees and certificates we should be working towards. Hence in the list below I will share with you what l think are the best 10 Studying tips during this lock-down:

1. Organise yourself

Truth be told, we are all scared of what will happen next, to the extent that you can’t even concentrate on anything. Uratile Nare a student at NUST said,

“I wake up every morning and ask myself, so what next?”

At times you just don’t know where to start or what to do. Well l have been taught never to worry about something l can not change. Hence our first step is to stop worrying about the situation and keep your cool. Do something you like first before reading, for example I like fiction writing, it helps me to get rid or reduce my stress. Some like exercising or watching a movie. Just do something but remember the aim is for you to be mentally prepared to read.

2. Make sure you have all the materials you need (Course Outline/ Syllabus, Past Exam Papers)

The purpose is to ensure that you are reading in the right direction not just read haphazardly and waste the precious time you could have used to come up with a business idea. Make sure you answer as many questions as possible.

3. Ask for help

This can be through Whats app group discussions with your classmates or asking your lecturer. If you don’t understand a concept, don’t take it to the exam room; what if it was the only way to your breakthrough. So ask others to explain it to you.

4. Sharing is caring

We are living in such a time where Zimbabweans are afraid of dying due to hunger as recorded by Aljazeera. When people can’t afford food they surely can’t afford an internet bundle. So please after researching on the internet share the findings with your classmates. At a time like this we surely need each other. Remember not sharing information will not make you pass but sharing does as everyone will feel obliged to share and we all pass together.

5. Don’t prioritize any one module/course/subject

Make sure you give all the subjects equal attention. Imagine having a distinction in one module and carries for the other 4. It’s not cool.

6. Reading a book isn’t studying

When you study don’t just read but take notes during or after reading, depending on what works for you. Some even record themselves explaining a concept and listen to it later or after a few days when they don’t feel like reading. It has worked for me and it can also work for you.

7. Have fewer late nights

I know that during this lock-down, the whole family is there and they expect you especially if you’re a girl to do all the chores. Late nights can be your only solution but what does it help, if you to sleep late and spend the whole day sleeping or unable to read? Rest is good for the body, brain and memory. Avoid having too many sleepless nights.

8. Take breaks

Many of us, well l was once like that too. We tend to think that spending much time studying  will make us pass but the truth is ‘not really’. Don’t study for  continuous two hours  without taking a break. The truth is in those two hours you would have concentrated for only 25 – 30 minutes tops. Why then waste the remaining 1 hour 30 minutes for nothing when you can take a five minutes or so break and come back ready and refreshed to study more. The mind needs to rest for it to memorize what you just read.

9. Research is key

If you have internet access please research, research and research. You can also look for tutorials and presentations on Youtube and Google. Most importantly make sure you get the information from a reliable source, avoid the Wikipedia sites because anyone can edit the content and mislead you, PDFs and the .edu sites  are recommended as compared to the .coms. Make sure what you read makes sense and is free of many errors (wrong spellings, misuse of words and grammatical errors). Don’t forget to share.

10. Pray

I don’t know what happens during exam time but there is just something, l can’t name it but only prayer can fight it for you. In my 2nd semester,  during my first year at University. I was sick but it wasn’t that bad until l got closer to the exam room. I struggled to lift my feet but l remember a friend of mine telling me to pray, when l prayed the whole thing just stopped and l was okay again. Remember not everyone is happy when they see you succeeding in life hence the need to be very prayerful. Don’t answer an exam paper without praying to the Most High.

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