Thursday, September 27, 2012

Study Tips for the Exams !

It's that time again. Say goodbye to fingernails, goodbye to your social life and goodbye to sleep. Exams are looming, but don't start stressing just yet. QS Top Universities has put together the top 10 study tips you'll need to get the results you want.

1. Give yourself enough time to study. Don't leave it until the last minute. Despite what people say, cramming all the information into your brain the night before isn't the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organise your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.

The Legally Blunt says: Tooomoooo ! Sabi nga ng kwela kong prof sa LegPro kahit gano ka kagaling kung 3 hours ka lang nag-aral , talo ka pa rin sa 8 hours nag-aral ... Medyo mahirap nga langto sa Law School lalo pa at halos puro working students tayo pero sabi nga nila if there's a will , there's a way !

2. Organise your study space. Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight? Try and get rid of all distractions and then arrange your books into piles. Put your English books in one pile, your physics books in another so when its time to study for that exam, you've got everything you need in front of you. It also eliminates any possible excuses!

The Legally Blunt says: Pleeeease ! Pumili kayo ng tahimik na lugas kung saan pwedeng mag-aral ng maayos . Kung pwede mong dasalan ang mga kapitbahay mo sa wag munang mag-videoke eh gawin mo ! Turn off your phones , lakas mka-distract nyan ! Ska as much as possible dapat wala kang Internet connection kasi kung meron ... Welcome Procrastination !

3. Design a flow chart. This is a bit like brainstorming, but instead of coming up with new ideas, you're writing down everything you already know about a topic. Put it in an easy to follow diagram with key points that you can easily replicate in an exam. That way, when the exam starts, you can spend five minutes preparing for your answer and then expand on your ideas.

The Legally Blunt says: Iba pa rin kapag ikaw mismo yung nagsusulat eh , mas pumapasok tlaga sa utak mo . Ewan ko sa iba ah pero sakin effective to eh . Hindi ko sinabing gumawa ka ng kodigo , ang liwanag naman "Flow Chart" o kaya "Cue Cards" at hindi rin naman uso ang mga cheaters sa Law School , sarili mo lang lolokohin mo :p

4. Practice on old exams. It's always good to find out what kind of questions are going to be in the exam and the best way is too look through old exams. That will give you an idea of the layout of an exam, the number of short answers and long answers there will be and the amount of time you should be giving each section.

The Legally Blunt says: From those ka kasi makakakuha ng idea kung pano ba magbigay ng exam ang mga prof ska kung anong klaseng sagot ba ang patok sa kanilang panlasa kaya there's no harm in doing this .

5. Explain your answers to others. Parents and little brothers and sisters don't have to be annoying around exam time. Use them to your advantage. Explain an answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head. If you find it difficult to explain, perhaps you need to do a bit more study. But at least you won't turn up to the exam and realise you don't know the answer to a question!

The Legally Blunt says: Ewan ko lang , pero mas magandang sarilinin mo nlang yung pag-aaral mo , anak ng ! bka pati mga kapamilya mo eh madamay pa sa kabaliwan mo . Kausapin mo nlang sarili mo , yung may papikit-pikit factor pa kapag nkalimutan mo yung sagot . Ganun nlang , wag ka ng mandamay .

6. Organise study groups with your friends. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. You're social life doesn't have to be non-existent during study times. Grab a pizza and your textbooks and get studying with your mates.

The Legally Blunt says: Wag na rin to , magchichikahan lang kayo eh ! Ito naman ay base on experience lang . Mga 9 out of 10 ang chances na magtatawanan lang kayo kapag ginawa nyo to . Basa ng 5 minutes tpos kwentuhan for 30 minutes . Alam mo yan !

7. Take a break. Don't force yourself to sit studying for 24 hours a day. If you're training for a marathon you don't try and run 24 hours a day. Develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, then start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Do something mindless in the afternoon and then start studying again in the evening if you know you're more productive at night. Don't feel guilty that you're out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Vitamin D is important for the brain!

The Legally Blunt says: THIS ! Kahit anong gawin mo , kapag di na tlaga kaya ng utak mo , kahit ipilit mo pa useless lang din kaya it's much better to take a rest and when I say take a rest hndi po magcocomputer , mas masakit sa ulo't mata yan ! Have a power nap ! Mga 30 minutes pwede na . 

8. Snack on brain food. Keep away from junk food and opt for a bowl of nuts instead. They're much better for the waistline and for the brain. You need to fuel your body while you study so make sure you eat nutritious food that has been proven to help your brain focus such as fish, nuts, yoghurt and blueberries.

The Legally Blunt says: Guilty beyond reasonable doubt and peg ko with this one ! Puro kasi shishirya nginangata ko kapag nag-rereview tpos ang masama pa sa habit ko , masyado akong dependent sa mga energy drink at ang paborito ko ay "Sting" . Kaya kong lumaklak ng 1 liter nyan which is very wrong ! Nagkasakit kaya ako nung pinagsabay ko inumin yung sting ska red bull eh kaya downcha dare do it ! 

9. Pack your pencil case. Make sure your pens work and your pencils are sharpened. Nothing is worse for your nerves than having your pen run out of ink at the start of an exam. 

The Legally Blunt says: Kung ppwede lang na may tatlong Pilot sign pens kayong nka-ready lalo na kung essay type of exam ang ittake nyo . Lalo naman na kung mag-ddigest kayo , as early as now , practice using sign pens , yan lang kc ang tinatanggap sa Bar exam para ngayon plang mpractice na yung penmanship nyo using those .

10. Stock up with sweets and water. Keeping your sugar levels up is just as important during an exam as it is during a football match. You need to stay alert and hydrate your body. If you start to feel yourself fade halfway through your exam, just pop a sweet into your mouth and you'll be away again.

The Legally Blunt says: Shololeyt !! 


  1. Hi Ate. I am an aspiring PUP Law Student. Please, can you give me advice kung anong type ng exam ang tinetake sa PUPCLEE? Thank you so much sa sagot. Appreciated in advance. I really want to pass it.

    1. Nung time ko kc essay type eh, di ko lang sure this time around. Don't worry, kung tlagang pursigido ka maging lawyer, for sure makakapasa ka hndi lang sa PUPCLEE kundi pati na din sa BAR ^^ Best of luck!

  2. Hi ate! Is it true po ba na taking up law is very hard? I want to study law after my graduation kasi ate. PLEASE help! :) Thank's in advance :)


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