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#10 – Have a positive attitude

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You might not think that your attitude is going to help with your studies, but it does. A positive attitude can actually serve you well because instead of seeing your exams as stressful, you can view it as a positive. For example, think of a test as a giant jigsaw puzzle that you can put together to unlock the next stage of your studies. You will find it is easier to deal with exams if you approach them this way versus with a negative attitude.

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#9 – Study different test formats

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If you want to be successful with your tests, it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with varying test formats such as essay writing, multiple choice, and itemizing. For multiple choice type tests re-read all questions to avoid confusion. With regards to essay tests, make sure that you write in a coherent and clear manner and answer the question directly.

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#8 – Get enough rest

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Most students think that cramming can help them retain more information in their head on exam day. Unfortunately, the opposite tends to happen. Instead of cramming, a better option is to ensure you get enough rest the night before you take your exams. Recall is easier when you have a good night’s rest compared to sleeping for a just a few hours.

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#7 – Study your test paper

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Don’t rush to answer the questions. Go over each page. Ask your teacher if there are questions you don’t understand. Never guess. Determine how much time you have for each question. A good strategy is to answer the easier sections first so you will feel more confident as you go on about your test.

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#6 – Practice elimination

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Another strategy that you can employ is to learn how to eliminate wrong choices in your test paper. Eliminate answers you know are incorrect to narrow down the possible correct questions.

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#5 – Learn to answer subjective tests

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Some exams require you to answer subjective questions. These are mostly opinion based. Although, answers will vary from one student to the next, but there are a few strategies that you can employ to give the best answer. In the case of subjective tests, recall is more important compared to memorization. It is much better for you to understand the general idea of the topic and arrange the topic in a clear manner citing your main idea and then supporting paragraphs.

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#4 – Practice for oral exams

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Oral exams can be scary even for the best students. Sometimes, it’s difficult to verbalize an answer you know. To prepare, you should anticipate possible questions. Practice with a study partner to get better versed in answering unexpected questions.

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#3 – Save harder questions for later

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Another strategy that you should implement when taking exams is to save the more difficult questions for later. This way, you will be able to get the easier ones out of the way so you can focus your attention on the harder questions. Stay aware of the time allotment.

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#2 – Enlist stress-management techniques

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Every student can benefit from stress-management techniques. A few minutes break can do wonders for the mind. Stretch from your seat, rub your eyes, and take a few deep breaths can ease tension.

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#1 – Cramming

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