How to prepare for the Examination
After a few years, the time has come. The final exam is pending and suddenly you are in front of a mountain of books and scripts. However, both in theory and in practice, you have been preparing for this exam throughout your apprenticeship. This means that now it is time to repeat and internalize many things again.
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Already a few months before the upcoming final exams, you should begin to deal with the upcoming exams. Collect content material and create an individual learning plan. This helps you to deal with the matter and give you an overview. There are many tips and guides, some of them below. You have already learned for a few years and should know which learning method is right for you.
There are three learning types above:
- The Visual Type: It’s best to pick up information about the eyes, for example by reading or looking at pictures.
- The Auditory Type: It’s best to pick up information about the ears, for example by reading aloud or by hearing information.
- The tactile type: The best way to capture information about the sense of touch, for example, by touching models, or by the artistic design of information.
Some examples of learning methods:
- Card index cards: are suitable for foreign words and definitions, for example
- Mindmap: Is suitable for complex topics or brainstorming
- Concentrated reading: Linking together in reading and internalizing what has been read, then possibly summarizing it in writing
- Listening: sharing and discussing together; record and listen again
- Donkey bridges: building up memorabilia or making up picture stories
- Learning in a team: discussing and interrogating together
Creation of a learning plan
First, think about which area is checked in which form and how it is evaluated. Go through the different areas and set priorities in addition to these topics, which you need to deepen significantly or not understood.
The important thing is that you make a schedule to keep track and not get stuck on a topic too long. Plan additional reserve times or days, if you need more time for one or the other subject. For example, consider a subsection daily. But do not forget to plan your free time and compensatory activities. At the end of a topic, it makes sense to include a block for control and repetition.
Frequent learning mistakes
- Short-term learning: Our short-term memory is limited and not very reliable in stressful situations. In addition, stress promotes exam anxiety.
- Lack of Priority: There is a risk that you spend too much time on less relevant or incomprehensible topics; this will make other areas too short.
- Avoidance behavior: I’d rather clean up the room or meet with friends; plan such things after learning as a reward and compensation.
- I can no longer see the forest for the trees: the entire learning material on a mountain looks insurmountable. Divide it into topics, departments and learning units.
Do not doubt learning!
Exam exercises are often structured slightly differently than the tasks that were discussed during the lecture. Your examiner may also incorporate a whole new aspect or combine topics that you previously considered in isolation. If you face a “new” task during your retreat, the top priority is to stay calm and think. Do not be confused and do not doubt your preparation. Unknown tasks are normal. They should test you. Remember what you have learned and then click on it step by step.
Use technical terms
Each subject area and the subject has a special language. There are fixed terms and clear definitions that define the topic and ensure unambiguous communication. Therefore, you should fall back on technical terms during your exam and incorporate them appropriately in your answers. Firstly, you show that you have a basic understanding and, secondly, often only points are awarded for fixed terms. But do not overdo it and set up a buzzword massacre – this could harm your note at the end.
Do not waste time
We have already talked about the importance of solid time management and its regular control. But just because you have your time in mind does not mean that you use it efficiently. Be aware that wasting time is the greatest sin during your exam. Time is your most valuable asset and therefore you have to defend it against all interference. Ignore background noise in the auditorium, do not phrase unnecessary answers, avoid perfectionism, and do not let any external circumstance prevent you from taking your exam as quickly as possible.
Calm down your thoughts!
The minutes in the lecture hall before the exam begins are usually the worst. In this time you are powerless. You can no longer active and are at the mercy of the upcoming exam. You are forced to wait – and these times use your thoughts to go completely crazy. The most unrealistic scenarios are played through. Uncertainty is spreading. But you must not let it come that far. Calm your thoughts just before the exam and collect yourself. Make sure that you have prepared yourself to the best of my conscience and that you will accept the challenge. Remember your successes and remember the strategy that has been put through for the exam.
Summarize Your Content.
Writing your own summaries will get you actively involved with the learning material. It requires you to capture the core content, structure and connect information. These summaries do not have to be in text form. For example, you can supplement them with mind maps, sketch notes, or flowcharts. In order to memorize content better, it is helpful to combine numerous sensory impressions. For example, write summaries. The audio files can then be used for repetition.
Repeat what you have learned again and again.
How does our brain remember something? When we retrieve stored information, it is transmitted as a stimulus from one nerve ending to the other. With each new incoming information, the connections between our nerves are recombined. Information from old connections is then no longer available, they are practically overwritten. You can imagine this process as road works: a road that is broken and not very busy is replaced by a new one. Only the new road leads to a completely different place. Only if the information is of interest to you on a regular basis, you need it, again and again, keep the connection of the nerves alive and strengthen them.
We wish you a lot of strength and stamina for this intense time. I wish you success!