Systematic study is to a large extent the key to your success in any test. In any case, the examinee resembles the athlete competing in some crucial race. He has to take care of his intensive training and preparation with caution, that is, without being overworked too much and without reaching points of overworking.
Before the presentation of the study system, which can help you perform better at the time of the written exam, it is considered particularly important to acquire some “good habits”, which are summarized in the following:
Notice the configuration of the study area. The room in which you are studying must have fresh air, for closeness causes premature fatigue and headache. In addition, the place where you will study needs to be clean, neat, bright and exude a sense of creativity and joy.
Choose the place that suits you to study in peace and quiet. Do not allow on the phone, TV or other factors (for example: visiting friends or relatives) to interrupt or even distract you.
Give proper importance to the lighting in your study desk. The light should fall on the book or notebook you use and not on your eyes, which will be burdened even more, at the moment when they get tired because of the long study.
The posture during the study should be as upright as possible, in order not to strain the spine. On the contrary, stooping not only limits comfortable breathing and good blood circulation, but also affects mental clarity.
Maintain a balanced working and sleeping hours. Sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue weaken your performance. For better brain function, several hours of sleep are required in the evening (6-7 hours) starting from midnight. The hours of evening sleep lost cannot be replenished, however much one may sleep after sunrise. This fact is a law of nature manifested through biorhythms. During the day, it has been established that a short twenty-minute sleep provides rejuvenation and mental clarity.
If you feel “stuck” during the study, you can get up and do something pleasant and refreshing for a short time. Your organism has limited biological resistance and when you overcome it, you force your brain to function without concentrating, therefore, you torment it in vain. You could pour some water on your face or do a little exercise or dance. In some of the breaks, it is beneficial to do some physical exercises that help to refresh the thought. Stretching, stretching and cervical movements offer beneficial results for muscles and joints, and, by extension, for brain function. On the other hand, watching TV or reading another book usually does not bring the desired results, while there is the risk of being “magnetized” by stimuli that will eventually reduce your mental abilities.
Start your preparation early with systematic study and constant repetitions. Repetitions should be made at periods of time when the mind is not loaded with other stimuli and information, because we require it to consolidate and systematize acquired knowledge, a process that is particularly time-consuming and laborious.
Then, the way of study that a student needs to follow, in order to succeed in the Panhellenic examinations and in any examinations that arise during his school course, is presented. So to the question “How should I study?” that may be troubling you there are some, indicative of course and not binding, answers. Undoubtedly, these are proposed guidelines, since ultimately the study system is a personal matter for each person who learns and assimilates the various subjects with different methods and at different rates. So then:
Do not study mechanically and do not memorize the pages of this book. On the contrary, proceed to capture the meaning of the text before you, concentrating your thought and putting aside any other topic or problem that concerns you.
Understand first the title of the chapter and then read the whole chapter, to understand the whole subject.
Then he studied the chapter paragraph by paragraph, jotting down the principal meanings upon the book or the notebook or both. You can number, for example, stages, record names and dates and generally make notes as a comment in the margin of the book anything that helps to understand. In any case, it is useful to stick colored papers with important for you elements, to color essential points, to place bookmarks etc. After all, the form that your book will eventually acquire is precisely your personal way of studying and the systematization of the knowledge you acquire, therefore it must be functional only for you. Another suggested technique is to condense a lesson on a page by writing in the center of the subject and around it radially all the main ideas related to it. Around each basic idea you can radially spread all the individual information. This technique helps you in the organization of information and facilitates you to draw from your memory information systems and not fragmentary knowledge, which you will not be able to use in combination with others when asked.
Use the critical power of your mind. Evaluate each paragraph: what’s new it adds, how it relates to the title of the chapter or to your previous knowledge of the subject. At the same time, remember what you were taught in class, what was discussed, what opinions were expressed and where you came up with. At the same time, look at what you have noted in your notebook from the relevant lesson, especially the questions or exercises given by your teacher. This process will make it easier for you to remember the essentials and help you acquire new knowledge.
Try to imagine questions that you would ask if you were the examiner and write down your answers. Perhaps this material will be the text that will help you with your repetitions, but of course it is beneficial to reread often and the initial chapter of your book.
When you are required to memorize information that seems difficult to you, try to create associations with things, ideas, situations that matter to you and may be fun or funny. In this way, you will achieve the longest stay of new information in memory.
According to research by scientists, the morning hours are suitable for engaging in theoretical lessons, that is, they enhance learning related to facts, details and new concepts. The afternoon lends itself more to repetitions and to learning objects that contain less detail. Similarly, the evening hours favor critical processing of cognitive data and therefore become more suitable for judgment questions or for solving exercises.
He studied all the chapters of the syllabus and not by choice, thinking that some chapters would not be included in the examination.
Undoubtedly, do not neglect repetitions. After all, repetition is the mother of learning.