Ever noticed how fast time counts down during an examination that you have so much to pen down? One major issue that has cost many students their exam success is bad exam time management. The truth is we are all different when it comes to writing speed and time management. Your inability to manage your time during an exam and finish on time can make you fail that subject or course even when you are a guru in it.
Usually, the thought alone of being behind time can make you totally disoriented. This isn’t good for you if you plan on hitting an A or a B. So, I wrote this article to give you some strategies on improving exam performance and finishing your exam on time so that you can hit that A grade you deserve.
HOW CAN I FINISH MY EXAM ON TIME?
1. HAVE A PLAN
Firstly, you must have a plan if you intend finishing that paper on time. “It’s not all about hard work; there is a space for smart work”. Passing exam is not fully dependent on how much you read, you must have a plan. If you spend a lot of time on essays for example, you must budget your time and know what order to write your essay, the time you should spend on it and how long you will spend on it. Not only essays, this applies to other subjects and courses.
When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
2. WORK ON YOUR WRITING
Writing can be one hell of an exercise sometimes. Your arms and your wrist are fully involved and it can cause serious pains and aches especially when you’re not used to it. This usually happens to people who write essays and things alike. The only way you can work on your writing is to write more. Just like the brain, the more you use it, the more you build it. Practice writing more than regular so as to build your writing strength.
3. CONSTANT PRACTICE
Ever practiced to the extent that you knew the subject like the back of your palm? To me, constant practice is the best way to finishing exams on time. Once you have full knowledge of your subject, no question seems new to you and nothing can really waste your time. Practice makes perfect as the saying goes and perfection gives you good grades. So work on those subjects more often than normal and become a professional at answering those sample exam questions.
4. ALWAYS START WITH EASY AND SHORT QUESTIONS
This is the golden rule! Always start with the easy and short questions. Gather your marks bit by bit with the easy and short questions. The thing is those long questions with long procedures will usually take a whole bunch of your time and there’s still a chance you may have not got them right. So why gamble? Get the fruits at the bottom of the tree before aiming for the ones at the top. Also, doing this helps boost your confidence and morale as you gradually go deeper into the examination.
5. BE COMPLETELY FOCUSED
During examinations, there is absolutely no time to waste. Stay away from every type of distraction around you. Distractions to me, resets your brain for like 10 seconds and makes you lose balance. Stay on track and be fully focused on your work. Once you are mentally focused, you will be able to work better and answer the examination questions faster.
6. COLLECT EXTRA SHEETS BEFORE YOU NEED THEM
Don’t wait till you’re out of paper before you ask the examiner for more because this alone can make you lose time. I remember during an exam where I had to wait for close to 15minutes for the examiner to get more paper for me. It was so destabilizing. I had much to write and I was losing 15 minutes of my time already. So don’t wait till you run out of paper. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
7. GET A WRIST WATCH
You must be aware that every single second counts. Get a personal wristwatch so that you can properly keep track of time during the examination. This will help you access yourself and the time you actually spend per question.
Because you are special, I have some bonus tips for you
- Sleep well before you exam to get your brain fully functional. Don’t write exams with heavy eyes
- Eat well also. Eat a balanced diet with proper nutrients
- Before an exam, ALWAYS TAKE TIME TO SKIM THROUGH THE ENTIRE QUESTION PAPER FOR A MINUTE OR TWO.
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