How To Prepare For SPM With One Week To Go
by StudyMalaysia.com on October 26, 2015 | Top Stories
With one week to go, it’s time to re-assess your strategy and maximise your time as you count your days to SPM. Your study effectiveness could improve after reading this. In fact, keep this up for the entire duration of SPM!
Study in intervals
Do not try to study from chapter one to the end in order. You might not have time to finish a full round of revision. Now is the time to review what you know and find out what you’re still unsure of. Break it down: revise what you know quickly and put in extra time for the topics that you don’t understand well.
Now is not the time to cram. Taking more breaks in between studying sessions will be more effective. It is said that we tend to remember the first and last thing we study; so by making your studying sessions shorter and more in number, you will maximise the effectiveness of the study hours you have left. A good guide is taking a 10-minute break every 30-50 minutes of studying. Use this break to have a snack or engage in a physical activity. Try not to play video games or do anything that uses up your brain power.
Distractions are everywhere but for this week and the rest of the SPM month, you need to get into the zone! Consider leaving your phone in a different room when you study. Tell your family members what your study hours are and request that they do not interrupt you at that time. Take a break from social media and TV for the time being.. You know best what your distractions are – take a positive step towards minimising them.
Take care of your body
To make sure that your mind is in tip top condition, you’ll need to take care of your body too. More and more experts are recommending exercise to boost your brain’s performance – so what are you waiting for? Take a jog round your neighbourhood or play your favourite track and dance your stress away. Short bursts of cardio for 10-20 minutes will help improve your memory and energy levels. Eat well and stay away from foods that your body is not used to. Hydrate! You’ve heard this before but we’ll we say it again – drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
Prep yourself the night before
There are several things you need to do the night before you sit for an exam. First, check your SPM timetable (download the Jadual Waktu Peperiksaan SPM 2015 here) and make sure you’ve got the subject paper, date and time right. Next, review the subject you’re sitting for the next day and attempt some question papers. In addition, make sure you have all the stationery you need for that particular paper. Lastly, get a good night’s sleep. Burning the midnight oil will do more harm than good in the long run.