This is it. Preparations for SPM has officially hit the high-note as the major exam is only one month away. We have compiled some practical preparation tips for you (which we have personally tried successfully) ahead of the big exam.
- Set reasonably challenging goals
What results do you want to achieve in SPM/STPM? What are the results you can achieve in the exams? By understanding what are your strong and weak subjects, you are setting reasonably challenging goals. Using this strategy, it gives you better focus and manage your stress better as you target on achieving on expected results for your exams.
- Plan your study schedule
Imagine this – you eat 3 big meals a day compared to your friend who takes 6 smaller portions throughout the day. Who will be able to digest their food better?
Similarly, if you study for 3 subjects for at least 4 hours per subject compared to you revising 2 hours each day with 4 subjects, which strategy will help you to improve your memory and revision scores? Always remember to schedule breaks in between your studies to give your brain a rest and some breathing space.
- Get enough sleep and rest
Speaking of rest, it is wise to get restful sleep at night. This means you should feel refresh instead of tired when you first awake. Set consistent sleeping and waking hours. Avoid doing revision or using smartphones on bed because your bed should prompt you to sleep, not engage in more thinking.
- Make your own notes, in your own words to reflect understanding
It is always good to make notes. It is good to rewrite notes from the book, even if it is following every word the book says. It is better to write the notes based on what you understand what the book says. This reflects your understanding of the subject and course. For example, every living organism needs oxygen to survive. [You could rewrite/rephrase the sentence as all living specimen/organism relies on oxygen as a form of survival mechanism because oxygen is need by the small individual cells to survive and create energy].
- Apply concepts, rather than memorize.
Read the theory. Understand the definition, meaning, and concept. Look at how the theory is applied in an example. Relate to your everyday experience. This strategy is very useful in understanding why you need to study the concept. In addition, it helps when you visualize the concepts, in other words – make the theories come to life like the example in the picture.
- Teach someone else, ask questions
Another way to learn quickly and effectively is to teach someone else. By teaching, you are explaining the problem and finding the solution in your own understanding. Plus, it gives you confidence that you successfully understood the concept! If you don’t know how to answer a question or understand a theory, ask someone – be it your teacher, friend, senior, parent, etc. This is NOT the time to be shy.
- Keep your notes and workplace organize
Always keep your workplace organize. Focus on one subject at a time. Once completed, keep your notes safely before starting revision for another subject. The surrounding environment itself will help to manage your stress and your attention.
Keep on practicing these tips, and exam questions as the exam dates draws nearer.
Stay tune next week for more exam preparation tips!