Tuesday 11 May 2021
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year ….

Ok, maybe not quite yet. But without this season, Christmas won’t be coming any time soon.  So to get to that wonderful time that we all look forward to, we have to pass through the exam wilderness.  A part of life as much as the party season is, and its best we are as prepared as possible.

So, The Lounge collected a whole bunch of exams hints to help you excel at your game.

One key issue is to organise your study area.  Declutter as much as possible to create an atmosphere that is condusive for learning.  Studying requires an active mental disposition even though you are stationary.

Therefore it is important to sit up straight ensuring your body is in good posture.

According to a report in the New York Times, alternating the room in which you study improves retention. So change your points of view from time to time and it could be just what you need. Important though is to make sure you are not distracted.  There is no truth in the statement that “ I can’t study without music”.

One of the most under-rated benefits available to students is the practice on old exams.

It is a well known fact that Namcol has past exams papers available in addition to the radio lessons presented on both National and UNAM Radio.  You can download the schedule from

Just make sure the course or curriculum didn’t change, if you use past papers from a long time ago. Recent papers should do the trick.
Ever thought to make use of flashcards ? According to neuro-scientist Dr Caroline Leaf the process of study can be summarised in key steps such as 1) input, 2) think, 3) write, 4) re-check and 5) output.

It is important to use all five senses in the process of study and this includes hearing yourself mutter the words as if in meditation. Writing down key themes is also very important. She claims in her book Switch On Your Brain  “ It is very important to write, because writing reinforces the changes of the brain synapses at a microscopic level. As you think (step 2) you create changes in your brain; as you write in the Metacognitive-Map™ friendly format, you reinforce and strengthen those connections.”

Now because the hardest thing to overcome in studying is a combined sense of panic and laziness. Therefore, it is imperative that you take a break after an hour or so and that you keep yourself hydrated. Water remains the winner along with a healthy snack such as fruit, nuts and yoghurt. Also take a five minute break to enable the production of fuel in your body which will help you as you study. It has been shown that taking breaks in your study routine can affect your attention abilities in a positive manner. Not known for its popularity among young people, is beetroot. The natural nitrates found in beets have been found to improve blood flow throughout the body, most notably the brain, improving focus and concentration.

Something we would like to recommend is to explain your answers to others. This you do in study groups with friends. Because study groups meet at regular times, attending students cannot procrastinate. Obviously, a lot more information exists in the universe of knowledge but we will limit our hints to these.  Go for it and you are sure to see phenomenal results.

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