Many times it is seen that despite our good preparation, the exam does not go as expected. The biggest reason behind this is some minor mistakes made in the exam hall. We all want to give our best in any exam but due to these few mistakes, we cannot give our best results. Let’s take a look at 10 such common mistakes.
1. Not reading the question paper properly
This mistake is much like ‘Bismillaya Galad’. As we reach higher classes we have to write answers to bigger questions and it is impossible to read and write questions without understanding such bigger answers. Also sometimes confusing questions are asked to confuse the candidates. In such cases, only the person reading the question can give the correct answer.
2. Going into the exam without knowing the previous year’s questions
Be it academic or entrance exams, all the questions usually have some touch of the previous year though not all. So if you go through the previous year’s questions before the exam, you will get an idea of how the questions will be and many topics that you may have missed while studying, once you solve the previous year’s questions.
3. Trying to digest the entire book the night before
As a student, we know very well that we never study except the night before the exam but we have to remember that every human being has certain limits of tolerance that should not be crossed.
Sleep after reading as much as possible. The night before an exam, you’ll benefit more from studying late than going to bed late to study.
4. Embarrassed when others write essays/take extra pages
We have a misconception that teachers give marks based on page numbers but in reality, it is not. No teacher likes extra writing. And most teachers are more comfortable answering questions in a completely concise manner. After any test 500-1000 reports are submitted to teachers which have to be reviewed within a month.
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Once we put ourselves in the place of our teachers, how does a teacher feel when a book with extra pages is placed in front of him? So don’t feel embarrassed to see someone write more but rest assured that what I have written is enough.
5. Start with the hardest questions
We often think that at the very end of the exam, when time is short, we can answer simple questions quickly. Now let’s start with the hard part. Which is not good at all because you always have to be in a very relaxed mood during the exam. On the other hand, if the beginning is left in the middle of the mind, then the rest of the answer will have a bad effect and the difficult question will not be answered at all.
6. Don’t know where it will end
In Bengali, I always start by answering new questions. Once I did, I was so good at writing nonfiction answers that I lost track of time and went from page to page and as a result, I had to write the rest of my answers in a short amount of time.
Many of us have certain topics that we like so much that we don’t want to write answers about them. Note that 15 is never given for a 10-mark answer, but if you answer 15 marks for a 10-mark question, your chances of getting marks for the rest of the answers decrease. Also remember that teachers really want to see if we know the answers, not our literary talent.
7. Don’t know where to pay
During exams, often we cannot remember what we know and by stressing our minds we try to remember things that are not correct. It wastes a lot of time. Rather, the answer to that question must be left at the very end.
8. Be the first to leave the hall
Many of us have a habit of leaving the hall early during exams. Hmmm, no problem if someone is in a hurry. Otherwise, everyone should read the exam answer sheet carefully till the last moment, because many mistakes are not noticed at once. One of my seniors told me long ago, “If you are given 5 minutes, try to use it.”
9. Eating the wrong food before exams
Many eat very heavy meals or some street food before the exam or skip breakfast in the morning due to exam anxiety which leads to breaks during the exam. Eat as many omega-3-rich foods as possible before the test to help your brain function at its best.
10. Drinking less water than required
Dehydration is one of the causes of low concentrations in the test. The brain cannot function properly during dehydration.
Sometimes our small problems turn into big problems. In such a situation, if these minor problems are resolved, it is expected that there will not be any major problems in the examination.