Rituals are a series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone to reach their intended goal.

It’s that time of the year when everyone at school is excited about the long holidays but with the only obstacle between everyone and the sweet holidays being the final exams.

Whether you’re in a candidate class or not, the pressure for these papers still exists. Whether you’ve been reading the whole term, been on and off or maybe haven’t been doing enough reading due to certain reasons the feeling is still the same.

Truth is I’m not here to talk you down but to encourage and give some advice. The time left for you to start your exams might seem little but you can still change your end results.

All it takes is a little more effort. Failure isn’t the problem but failing to try is the very big problem.

Below are some of the most effective rituals for your final examinations

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1.      Attitude Adjustment (AA)

You know how they say everything begins with the mind, which is so true and it so does apply to sitting for examinations. Having a psychologically prepared mind will let you beat the odds against many obstacles.

Many people fail the papers even before they enter the examination room not because they didn’t read but because their minds aren’t prepared.

Using a sports analogy, Mohammad Ali was a good boxer with an impressive record but truth is other guys like George Foreman held better records.

The only difference was that Ali won his battles before he even set foot in the ring. He intimidated his opponents through his verbal skills and had a notion in his mind that he was the best in the world. This made him great.

Right now you have to forget your past failures let it be in a science subject or something you’ve never excelled in.

Always look at the paper the way Ali looked at his opponents and you’ll succeed.

2.      Breakdown the bulk

One of the pitfalls of end of year exams and end of level exams is that there is a lot to cover that has built up over the past year(s). But don’t worry with our prepared mind we do realize that to devour a whale you don’t need to eat it at once but eat it piece by piece.

Identify areas of a subject that you are well versed with as you identify those that give you a hard time.

This more of identify your strengths and weaknesses as you polish your strength and scrub your weakness into a strength. But do remember to give appropriate time to both sects.

3.      Summarize what you read

Making summaries helps your mind build up blocks of information in a proper way. This is because there is no better way to prove your mind grasped what it read other than write down what it has.

This helps you point out the crucial points that you have left out and correct where necessary.

Pre-examination ritual: Summary guide
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4.      Question Review

You can’t have answers to questions you don’t know. The best thing to do is to look for past papers or ask your teacher to provide you with some.

This will help you identify the areas they emphasize to set and also learn question approach.

5.      Discussions

Truth is in life you can’t know everything and you will always learn something from anyone. There might be certain topics you’re blank about or didn’t quite understand but your friend did.

Seeking for help isn’t a sign of weakness but a sign of trust.  We only ask for help from those we trust.

6.      Rest

There is no better way I can emphasize this other than re-echo it, please do rest. Rest is a big part of your success as everyone needs a break some time.

According to Pamela Thatcher an associate professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days. This might be detrimental if you’re trying to boost your grades.

In addition, you should have your meals because you can’t read on an empty stomach. If your pockets aren’t doing quite well then you can resort to school food and this is nothing to be ashamed of because it’s normal for people not to have money and the other thing is you pay for these meals.

So the next time you’re scared to go to the dining hall for meals, remember everyone eats and if they judge you for going they wouldn’t be in the same school.

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Author: Elvis Rodney

Elvis Rodney is a freelance writer for Newslibre and a Director of Marketing at Spur Magazine with a threshold for knowledge who likes to assert his exceptional claims with evidence and is a strong believer of an Utopian era.

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