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June holidays are over, and just like that, the first half of the year has gone by. Do you feel anxious about the upcoming final exams that are getting close? As we get our enthusiasm raring for the third semester, here are 5 tips for you to get a head start in your exam preparations!   1. Create a study plan composition-materials-notebook-760720.jpg

It is best to start drawing up a plan or schedule ahead of the exam period to allocate ample time for revision. Draw or print out a calendar for each month. On the dates, write down the subjects you want to revise. You can paste this calendar on the wall of your room or file it in a folder. This will help to keep you disciplined and organised for study sessions.
2. Create and compile study notes that are best suited for you. 
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Having trouble remembering every single concept? Try to summarise the topic in the form of a study note. This can be done in notebooks, flashcards or plain paper. Create acronyms to help you recall longer concepts.  If you prefer to draw, mind maps and graphs can also help you visualise key points. These study notes are meant to be lightweight and portable, so you can revise on the go!
We will also be sharing our subject-based strategies soon to help you during the exam period. Do keep a look out for that!
3. Practice! Practice! Practice!  
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Because subjects follow a specified syllabus, similar exam questions can sometimes appear in papers which are a few years apart. As such, familiarise yourself with the variety of possible questions that might appear. This will also help you learn from past mistakes. Master the subject by understanding the model answers from past papers and practicing mock papers within the exam timeframe to mimic the exam scenario. Check out this link for a list of mock papers!
4. Take breaks
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Studies have shown that taking well-timed breaks can help you remember better. Maintain a healthy momentum by taking regular breaks in between study periods. This will prevent you from burning out and feeling stressed. While you are on your break, try keeping your motivation high by rewarding yourself with healthy snacks.
5. Ask questions
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Do not be afraid to clarify any doubts with your teachers, tutors or peers. This will help increase your confidence in understanding difficult concepts and topics. You can also revise by discussing questions and answers out loud with your peers. Clarifying your queries early can help to ensure that you will not be overwhelmed when the teacher delves deeper into the topic.
Preparing for your exams will be much less stressful if you start now. Even if you start off slowly, your efforts will pay off when you obtain your results. Finally, remember to stay calm and maintain a healthy diet. We wish you all the best!
References:
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/tried-and-tested-ways-to-prepare-for-year-end-exams
https://sg.theasianparent.com/preparing-for-psle/
https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/4-note-taking-strategies/
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