For most biology students, preparing for exams without a MCAT preparation book is like preparing for an upcoming storm. To overcome the hurdles, students need to learn how to prepare and how to study this field to get rid of their fears. Keep in mind that the aim of having an examination is to gauge a student’s understanding of the concepts and facts related to a particular subject.
The following are some guideline that you can use to prepare yourself before an examination:
First, make sure to sort all important information needed before studying. This is the main point of preparation. Use post-it notes to remind you of what you are going to do on that particular day. It can also help you to manage your time more effectively. You can also make use of calendars and planners to take note of your activities.
Due to many distractions like mobile games, the internet, and alike, many students tend to cram a day before the exam. This is a habit that one must take away to study effectively especially if it’s for biology. If you have a habit of cramming on the night before the exam, you must have noticed right now that retaining information is hard and you are easily worn-out. Start practicing the habit of studying early for an exam so that you can review all information until it is etched on the back of your head.
If something bothers you in a topic, ask your teacher or professor right away. You wouldn’t want to go in an exam with this one question bothering you, especially if you find it written down on the test paper. If you can’t connect with your teacher, you can ask your friend or classmate, schedule a group study and ask about your queries. You can take turns in asking questions so that everyone had a clear understanding of the topic.
One effective way to retain information is to make a quiz out of the reviewers and notes you have, then after reading and reviewing, answer it all on your own, without looking at your notes. After answering every question, check your answers and take note of your wrong answers so that you can focus on reviewing it again.
If you feel pressure on taking the exam, it will consume you and causes you to have a mental block. Take it easy. Take a deep breath and relax. Also, make sure you have plenty of sleep the night before the exam so that you won’t feel sleepy while taking the exam. You wouldn’t have to worry too much if you know that you make all the efforts you could master in preparing for exams.
Preparing for exams, in a sense, is like preparing for a war—of course for students. They need to arm themselves with enough information to have victory over it. Aside from that, the strenuous preparation for exams can be a bit stressful. However, upon receiving the marks they work hard for, they will realize that all their efforts were not put in vain.