When you decide to pursue higher education in any foreign country, the first and foremost thing that comes to your mind is taking entrance exams. Entrance exams play a very important role in deciding your admission to a university. Entrance exams like GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. are very important while pursuing education in Canada. Usually entrance exams are taken according to your chosen course of study and may vary according to the university eligibility requirements. Hence, it is essential to prepare for entrance exam and score well. Following are certain crucial tips that will help you in preparing for entrance exams:
How to prepare for Entrance Exams?
Begin well in advance
You are the best person to judge how much time is on your hands. Work backwards from the exam dates, so that you can assess at what pace you are able to study and how much time you will require to complete the study. Give yourself about 5-6 months to get ready for these exams because there is a lot of work to be done.
Make a Study Plan
Prepare a time-table for your studies. This will help you focus, give you the drive to achieve your goals, get you ready to tackle any kind of situation and will give your studies a direction. If you stick to your study plan, then you will not undergo any stress at the time of exams. When you prepare a plan, keep in mind the study material that you need to cover, the time that you have on your hands (including revisions), the format of the exams and the scores that you need to achieve according to the requirements of your chosen universities. Divide all the study material into segments and plan how many segments you can study every day. Do not make these segments long and boring. Give yourself regular breaks during your studies.
Stick to the Plan
Just preparing a fabulous plan is not enough; you need to follow it too! Try and stick to the plan even when it’s difficult. Following the schedule is the only thing that will get you to your goal. An added benefit of sticking to the plan is that you’ll be confident at the time of exams because you will have already studied everything that’s there in the syllabus.
Revise, Revise, Revise
Incorporate revision sessions into your study plan. Work on as many practice tests, sample papers and past exam sessions as you can. But keep in mind, solving countless papers without studying for them first won’t help. So the first step is doing the preparation for entrance exams and then taking the practice tests to evaluate how much you have studied. Taking mock tests will also help you in time management and you can make sure that you do not run out of time in spite of knowing all the answers. Assess yourself during these practice tests and work on your weak areas, so that you can improve upon them and increase your chances of a higher score.
Do not give up on your dreams
No matter what happens do not forget your dreams. In case it becomes difficult to study and you start losing hope it helps to speak to friends and acquaintances that have already cracked these exams and get study tips from them. Write down whatever inspires you on a sheet of paper and put it up where you can see it every day. Writing down the score that you need to get on a sheet of paper serves as a reminder of you goals and makes you strive hard to achieve it. When things don’t go right for you or you are bored, frustrated and disappointed, look at this sheet of paper and get inspired to keep you going.