What makes SWOT especially powerful is that, with a little thought, it can help you uncover opportunities that you would not otherwise have spotted. And by understanding your weaknesses, you can manage and eliminate threats that might otherwise hurt your ability to move forward.
How to do it?
Just take a pen and paper and write down answers to the following questions.
Think about your unique talents,strengths and advantages in relationship to your peers. What ability do you have which most people don’t. Here are a few questions which will help you identify your strengths.
What advantages do you have that others don't have (for example, skills, certifications, education, or connections)?
Are you part of a network that no one else is involved in? If so, what connections do you have with influential people?
Be Honest. Don't worry, its just a internal perspective which will give you feedback. Here are a few questions which will help you identify your strengths.
What are your negative work habits ?
What tasks do you usually avoid because you don't feel confident doing them?
Look at your strengths, and ask yourself whether these open up any opportunities – and look at your weaknesses, and ask yourself whether you could open up opportunities by eliminating those weaknesses.
What if the pattern for the exams is competely changed this time and you are caught off guard?
Have you taken a Mock exam which will give you insights into where you stand with reference to your competition nationally. Getting a reality check will help you to increase your performance and also set realistic expectations from the the actual exam.
2) POWER TRICKS!
Multiple choice exams are not just about finding the right answer. It is about how fast you can be as well. So make sure that you find out, study and have all the power tips , tricks and shortcuts on your fingertips, So that you can attempt the highest number of questions due to your speed.
**POWERTIP: Take advantage of power tricks from Vedic Maths, and compile a list of all the tricks which can be found in most competitive exam guides at one place.
3) REVISE, REVISE, REVISE!
All of us have a tendency to study till the last minute. Make sure that you stop all the preparations 3-7 days before the exam. Focus on revising everything you have learnt. One thing which will help you revise everything quickly and retain everything you have learnt during your preparation phase is making micro notes after you have studied every chapter.
As you are going through a chapter, you must take notes. But after you are finished the chapter, you must try to retain everything you learnt visually by making micro notes.
**POWERTIP: Take advantage of MindMaps and make a separate notebook for all the written notes, so that you can revise all them in one go
4) A DAY BEFORE THE EXAM
You must have heard this advice countless times. But it more difficult to practise than preach. In order to make sure that you give your best performance on the exam day, a day prior to the exam, you must relax your mind and body completely. Ideally go out for a movie or hangout with friends and don't discuss anything related to the exam.
In order to successfully do this, make sure you have revised the Micro Notes and MindMaps thoroughly
5) D- DAY!
Today is the BIG DAY. Its all going to come down to this. But don't stress. Start your day with a light breakfast, so that you don't feel drowsy and you are all prepped up to give your best performance.
6) GET IN THE ZONE
Develop a personal ritual to get into your “Zone “ ( Your Peak Performance Mode where you know you are ready to crack the exam) It maybe Meditation, Listening to Music, Prayer or just a walk in the park.
Make sure that you practise it every time before the all the mock exams as well. Remember that your job is not to worry about the result but to focus on something you can control, the fact that you have to give you best shot today.
7) BREAKTHROUGH THE EXAM
As the bell rings, make sure that the first thing you do is you get an overview of whats coming and you prepare your strategy accordingly. This is very crucial as it will make sure that you attempt all the right questions, and have given your best shot at the exam.
During the exam Take 5 mins and skim through each section, and divide the entire paper into 3 sections of easy,medium and hard (according to their level of difficulty) by marking each question with the level of difficulty. You can mark every question with a symbol - tick, cross,or simply 1,2,3.
After you have done that, make sure that you answer all the questions according to their priiority. Whether the question is easy or difficult it will give you the same marks.So make sure you answer all the easy questions first before you start approaching the medium and the hard ones. This way you have optimised your time and maximised your score.
You have done it. Now that you have given your best shot at the exam, chill relax and its time to celebrate all the hard work you have put into. Don wait to celebrate till the results are out. Carpe Diem. Pamper yourself for doing a great job. Go out for a movie which you have been planning to watch. Remember whatever the result maybe - All IZZ WELL.
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