Mistakes are not a part of the problem. But if you choose to ignore them, we have one.
Mistakes and flaws can help you gain considerable insight into your shortcomings. But if you are aware of them and buck yourself up promising not to repeat them in the future, they can play a huge role in improving your performance in the long run.
“Why do we fall?
So, we learn to pick ourselves up.”
The first step to keeping them at bay is to identify them in detail. If you aren’t even aware of your problems, how can you expect to find a solution?
The same tactic needs to be implemented in your exam preparations to improve your academic performance on the whole. Hence, we have come up with this article for your reference.
In here, we have provided a comprehensive list of ten of the commonest mistakes that students make while preparing for their examinations. Go through them as closely as possible and find out whether any of your shortcomings is listed in this article or not. Your study routine should be based entirely on that.
1. No definite goal
This is one of the commonest mistakes that students while preparing for their exams. They go all-in without a definite goal, without a definite target score in their minds. As a result, most get lost on the way.
Ask yourself this simple question:
“What’s the core of your target for this upcoming exam of yours?”
Be realistic in your answer (to the question mentioned above). Assess yourself as thoroughly as possible to get to a realistically achievable target score. This should include your information retention ability, your interests and the effort that you can put in day in, day out.
Once you have identified your objective well, it becomes easier for you to stay on track with a whole lot of determination and focus.
2. 100% reliability on teachers and tutors as far as exam preps are concerned
Many students have this firm belief that they will be prepared for their exams as long as they attend their tutor/teacher classes religiously throughout their school session. As a result, most don’t even try to study on their own.
Now, this is a mistake.
Your teachers or your tutors will show you the path to success. But you will have to traverse that path on your own to reach that goal of yours. Your teacher/tutor will provide you with the advice, the notes and a few more relevant study materials for your exams, but you have to study all of them on your own.
So do not put your entire fate into the hands of your teachers/tutors. Believe in yourself as well to benefit in the long run.
3. Starting too late when exam is right there on the doorstep
Many students think too much. They think they will start from today, but soon afterward, procrastinations kick in as a result of lethargy. As a result, they delay it further.
Next day…next…day…next day and bang! The exams arrive right out the blues. Pressure builds up, stress piles up, adrenaline rises; result: commotion.
So never believe in the concept of the “next day.” Start from TODAY itself. You will ease up a lot of pressure on yourself during the days of your exams. Your performance would also improve a lot in comparison to the way it was before.
4. Passive rote memorization strategies
The most common exam approach that students use for exam preparation is reading their classroom notes over and over again till they memorize them by heart. This form of rote memorization strategy is a passive form of learning and is not going to do you any good in the long run.
Try to implement an active form of learning while preparing for your exams. Have you ever heard of the Feynman’s method of learning?
5. Last but not the least, going all in without a proper routine or a plan
One of the biggest mistakes that we have seen students make is to go all in without a decent plan of action. They don’t know their priorities, don’t know their curriculum, don’t know anything.
So naturally, when the time comes, the result goes right against them.
So do not make this mistake if you really want to succeed in the long run. Go with an organized plan of your own and results will surely follow over time.
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