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Any student can tell you how much they dread exams, but you don't have to worry if you follow these simple tricks.
Properly Preparing for an Exam As the demand for nurses continues to grow across the country, more and more individuals are choosing to get their nursing degree and pursue a career in nursing. With all of the students flooding nursing programs and receiving their nursing degrees, there are more than a few who have found themselves struggling with their exams. Test day can be an extremely stressful day for the majority of students, even and especially those seeking a nursing degree. But this stress that students often feel the day of their examination does not have to be debilitating. With proper test taking preparation the actual day of the test can be made as least stressful as possible. When a student is properly prepared to take their test, they can feel confident that no matter what their final score is they performed to the best of their ability, and rarely is a person’s best not enough to allow them to pass whichever course they are being tested in. Prepare Early So the issue then becomes properly preparing for the examination. The very first step that a student must take to fully and properly prepare for their test day is to begin early, very early, in fact. A student who wishes to fully prepare for their finals or for any exam should begin their preparations just as soon as the course begins. Starting one’s test preparations with study early will allow the student to learn the material over time, avoiding the all too typical cramming session that often replaces, but not fully, the progressive study of an entire semester. Early preparation for an exam should take place every day in the form of study. To effectively learn the material, and to therefore perform well on the test and prepare fully for the exam, a student should plan time each day to review and study the lesson that was taught that day so that the information has a chance to sink in and become fully engrained in the mind of the student. Review Often In addition to daily study of the most recent lesson, periodic yet frequent review of past lessons should also make up a section of the student’s daily study time. By reviewing often the lessons of the course that have been taught previously, a student will be able to relearn or learn anew the material that has been taught before. This process of restudying past material for sections of time every day will allow for the knowledge offered by the lessons to become ingrained in the mind of students. This preparation will then in turn offer a student the greatest opportunity to succeed in the class. Eat Healthy & Get Enough Sleep In the weeks leading up to the exam and on the day of the exam especially, a student should strive to be as healthy as possible as this will help their mind focus and run effectively. Being healthy includes eating a well- balanced diet that will give the student energy, exercising regularly (one will be surprised at what a difference regular exercise can have on their mental function), and getting enough sleep. By fully preparing all semester long through study and living a healthy lifestyle, a nursing student will be able to properly prepare for the day of their exams. Photo Credit: albertogp123, ccarlstead, & NinJA999 via PhotoPin cc
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