There was about a month left before the main school exam. How not to go crazy? How to distribute forces and load optimally? What can be done to increase the efficiency of training? We found a dozen and a half life hacks and tips on how to live before exams. Catch!
Tip #1: Plan for the day
Why is it so hard to prepare for exams? Because a person does not have a specific plan for the day. Days turn into one incomprehensible something: it seems like I just woke up — and the day has already flown by, and I didn’t have time to do anything.
To prevent this from happening, scheduling will help, as in kindergarten or in a camp. Rise — at one time, preparation for the exam — at another time, rest — at the third. With this approach, the amount of productive time is saved, and there is no opportunity to «dodge» the lesson. In addition, having a routine disciplines! The main thing is to hang it in a prominent place so that the chart is always in front of your eyes.
Tip #2: Reminders and cheat sheets
It’s no secret that cheat sheets and self-made memos allow you to remember the material well. But the fact is that regular notes in the form of solid text are often ineffective.
When preparing for the exam, it is very useful to create personalized cheat sheets. What does it mean? For example, it is easier for someone to memorize information from cards and diagrams, for others tables are more effective, for others — mental or associative cards. And someone prefers to highlight the most important things in the old fashioned way with the help of bright text highlighters. The main thing is to find the best “cheat sheet” method for yourself.
Tip #3: Visibility
A visual demonstration of the material is an excellent way of remembering, which allows you to capture important information in the form of visual images.
This method will especially help those who pass the exam in the exact sciences. Therefore, while preparing for biology, physics or chemistry, it is important to always have before your eyes tables, formulas (better drawn by your own hand), as well as various layouts and wall demonstration sheets (for example, all tenses in English or circles of blood circulation in biology).
Tip #4: Video tutorials from bloggers
On YouTube, you can find an incredible number of useful lessons on all topics of interest — from how to choose an argument in an essay on the Russian language, to the specifics of exam organization (what to take with you, and what you should not even try to carry).
Bloggers who have already passed the exam in previous years share their impressions, knowledge, life hacks and ideas on how to pass the exam effectively and what you should pay special attention to. Many of them can help you deal with topics in which a person «floats» or has gaps — all this in a very accessible format and in simple language.
Tip #5: Mock Exam
A trial exam is a great opportunity to test your knowledge, to understand where your strengths and weaknesses are. It would be nice to bring the trial version as close as possible to the original, that is, to allocate as much time for yourself as in the real exam. For delivery, you can choose the USE materials of past years or trial versions prepared this year by FIPI.
Tip #6: Mistakes and gaps
Specialists and teachers recommend paying attention not to their knowledge, but to gaps. This is logical: if a person understands something and is given simply, then in the future he will certainly have no problems with assignments for the exam. But where difficulties appear (I forgot, I don’t remember, I don’t know, I can’t figure it out) — that’s where you should tighten up.
This is not even about specific topics, but more about blocks of tasks in which difficulties arise. Therefore, first you need to familiarize yourself with the demo versions presented on the official websites of the USE-2020.
Another good way to discover your gaps in knowledge is to solve probes. After checking, it is necessary to systematize the errors and understand which topics are the most undeveloped or neglected.
Tip #7: Repetition is the mother of learning
Without repetition and reproduction, our knowledge is dead weight. And the longer they lie somewhere in the back of our memory, the sooner they are lost. That is why it is necessary to regularly reproduce this knowledge so that it passes from a passive form into an active one.
Of course, all the time preparing for the exam should not be devoted to repetition. It is enough to arrange a volumetric brainstorming 1-2 times a week to consolidate knowledge in long-term memory.
Tip #8: Speak and write
Many students in the process of preparing for the exam use tons of notebooks in the hope of remembering all the material. But it doesn’t work like that! Notes by themselves are pretty useless. Here’s what is useful: not just write the text, but pronounce it while recording, making notes and highlighting important aspects with a bright marker.
The fact is that human memory is closely related to articulation and fine motor skills. Therefore, it is so important not only to write down, but also to tell what is written down: to mom, grandmother, but at least to a cat, ficus or voice recorder!
Tip #9: Use Gadgets
In the world of modern technology, it is a sin not to use applications to prepare for the exam. What is the plus: they do not have unnecessary functionality, they are simple, they allow you to systematize knowledge and find gaps in it.
As for the level of difficulty, everything here is quite diverse. Some applications are configured only for the test part, others allow you to work out specific topics (for example, reading graphs in mathematics or punctuation in a complex sentence in Russian).
Some applications have the function of checking and parsing tasks. Other programs will conduct a test, show the current level of knowledge and draw up a personal training program. Very comfortably!
Tip #10: Material Distribution
Proper distribution of material is an important step towards high scores. It is best to work in a spiral pattern: from simple to complex, gradually expanding the boundaries of topics. First of all, you should deal with the basic blocks in order to devote more time to complex tasks.
Tip #11: Good Timing
Preparing for the exam all month without rest and sleep is a bad idea. From such a regime, health will step down, which will definitely negatively affect the result of the exam. Therefore, preparation should be subjected to strict timing.
For example: preparation — 1 hour, rest — 20 minutes. Or preparation 2 hours, and rest — 40 minutes. To avoid looking at your watch regularly, you can set a timer. By the way, scientists have proven that with regular alternation of work and rest periods, information passes through an important stage of consolidation and assimilation during periods of relaxation.
Tip #12: Professional Adviser
It is good if in the process of preparation it is possible to find a good adviser. This does not have to be a tutor (besides, it is very problematic to find one a month before the exam).
Just a person who understands the topic can help, can recommend some literature, check assignments and point out typical mistakes. Such people can even be found on social networks, in specialized groups to help those who are preparing for the exam. Most often these are teachers, students and just people with thematic hobbies.
Tip #13: FIPI Books
Not all books and collections for preparing for the exam are equally useful. Therefore, it is best not to be distracted by third-party materials, but to use books and manuals published by FIPI — it is in them that tasks and materials duplicate those that will be on the real exam.
Tip #14: Theory + Practice
Many people think that if you know the theory well, then it is better to concentrate on the practical part. But no! It turns out that a large percentage of errors in the exam is due to the fault of an incorrect interpretation of the task. Therefore, both theory and practice must be prepared at the same time: this way it will be easier to understand the complex formulations of tasks.
Tip #15: Old tests
When preparing for the exam, it is very useful to look through old tests and other people’s answers to tasks (especially those that are more difficult). For example, on the net you can find a huge number of ideal essays in the Russian language, records of answers in chemistry or mathematics, plans for oral answers (for the exam in a foreign language). Of course, there is no point in copying them. Instead, they allow you to compare your answers (or design) and improve them.
You will succeed!