As we go through our lives, most of us pass through stages when we are required to achieve a certain level of knowledge or expertise. There are various ways to assess these attainments, the most popular being through taking an exam. We are examined on seemingly everything, at every step of the way.
At primary school we are examined weekly, termly and yearly for things like spelling and maths. At eleven many of us sit exams to determine our secondary education. At 16 and at 18 we are examined on core subjects. At University we are examined on our degree content and so it continues for many of us throughout our professional working lives.
Some people find exams easy, some don’t, but unless or until we reassess the way our attainments are evaluated, our challenge is to find the most effective ways of preparing for exams to guarantee the best results. So what are the best exam preparation tools you can use?
Here we take a look at some of the most popular techniques for enhancing exam success:
- Brain games
Brain games are a popular way of training your brain to work more effectively – to absorb more information, to retain it and to access it more quickly when you need to recall it. Brain training games work by stimulating the brain’s cortex to make it grow. Training the brain causes the formation of stronger synapses, which in turn produces more neurons. Research has shown that people who indulge in brain games on a regular basis demonstrate improved concentration and memory.
The ultimate brain-training game is probably chess. Chess is the perfect all-rounder thanks to the fact that it engages so many different parts of the brain all at once. Playing chess helps improve memory and stimulates all-round effective brain function. It demands that you use all your knowledge of strategies and your past experience before you make your move. So if your exams require problem-solving skills, playing chess regularly is a good way of training your brain to solve problems effectively
- Flashcards and electronic memory software
Flashcards are the perfect tool for memorizing large amounts of information. Anything that can be prepared in a question and answer format can be used for flashcards. Whether you are using them to learn mathematical formulae, scientific phenomena, geographical locations, historical facts and dates, or foreign language vocabulary, presenting your lists in flashcard format will help you memorize them quickly and remember them when you need to.
Flashcards work by focusing on repetition and recall. So you use them to repeatedly view and recall the information they contain. The process of doing this commits the information to memory quickly and easily. How frequently you view a particular piece of information depends on how quickly you are learning it – i.e. how easy it is for you to recall the answer when presented with the question prompt. The easier recall becomes, the less frequently you view the question.
- Practice test software
Training your brain regularly and improving memory is a good place to start preparing it for exams. But how do you prepare for the exam day itself? Practice test software is big business and there are many sites and applications that enable you to practice your technique in times conditions ready for the big day. Which software you choose will depend to some extent on the subject matter. Med students, language students, and maths students are well taken care of with dedicated sites set up to assist with exam testing and technique at many levels. They come with ready-made content to work through with timed testing that is designed to support your learning, improve your subject knowledge and generally give your confidence a boost in advance of the exam.
I am sure by using these methods you can crack any exam and come up with a good percentage or high grade. Better percentage can bring up better opportunities in your life. You can get a high paying job or you can get admission to the best colleges. Now here’s a little tip for you, many colleges and universities ask for your CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) for admission, if you got your exam score in percentage then you can easily convert it into CGPA by using a tool called percentage to CGPA calculator. Percentage to CGPA calculator is made available by many websites on the internet.