There’s no getting around it – exam time is stressful and for many, even unpleasant, but it’s a part of life. If there’s one thing you can do to ease the pain, it’s to be prepared; from how you plan your studying, to what you do on the day of the exam.
Here are a few tips we can give you if you’re preparing to write the January sitting of the Initial Test of Competence (ITC).
Planning is important when it comes to studying your material effectively. One of the best tips we can give you is to plan a timetable for yourself and then stick to it. Write down what you’re writing and when, and then plan accordingly, taking into account that some subjects will require more studying time than others.
When you’re studying, you should set aside some space in your home where you can work. This should be somewhere quiet and ordered, and a space where you’ll be able to concentrate and avoid distractions.
It’s all very well to concentrate, but we’re not made to focus for long periods of time without taking a break. In fact, taking frequent breaks to clear your head and get some air – in other words, the time you spend away from your desk – is almost as important as time you spend at your desk.
Practice with past papers, which will familiarise you with the format of the exam and type of questions asked. In this way, when you receive the paper on the day, you will have had plenty of practice. It’s also useful in terms of working out how much time to allocate per question.
On the day of the ITC exam, the best thing to remember is not to panic. At this point, you have done all you can; all that is left is to go in and give it your best shot.
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