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DAY 4 (4th SEPT 2015)

1. STAY CALM
Staying calm helps you stay focused on what you need to achieve instead of on the horror of
the exam. When you are nervous or panicky, you lose focus and your mind gets mixed up.
This will cause you to forget what you have studied so far. This will even be worse if you have
not done your revisions well. You will not be able to think clearly or even recall what you have
studied. So, keep cool and stay calm all the time. You can do this by taking regularly short
breaks in between revisions. Do light exercises to stretch your muscles. You most probably
had been sitting all day long.
2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Avoid studying until late at night. Instead try to wake up early to study. This way you will be
fresher throughout the day. According to Andrew J. Fuligni, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, if you do not get enough sleep at night, you are more likely to
have problems understanding what you are studying the next day, and eventually do very
badly in exams. So, instead of staying up late, make sure that you get a good 6 7 hours
sleep at night and wake up earlier than usual to study. At this time your brain will be lighter
and be more ready to absorb more information.
3. EAT HEALTHY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Breakfast is the most important meal for everyone because it is supposed to supply you
energy to carry out tasks throughout the day. However, many students tend to skip this most
important meal of the day. The reason being not enough time or rushing to school. Studies
show that eating a healthy breakfast not only improves a students concentration in
classroom but also performance in tests. This is also true if you are studying for exams
especially at the last minute. A healthy breakfast comprise of all the important nutrients such
as protein, fibre, calcium, vitamins and carbohydrate. Avoid taking carbohydrate-only
breakfast as it does not last more than two hours. So, choose your breakfast wisely but
quickly during exam week. Drink water regularly throughout the day as water is another
important component for your body, especially for students in Malaysia due to the bad haze
condition. Avoid going out unnecessary and keep yourself hydrated all the time. Water is
needed to dissolve and carry the nutrients all over the body and to the brain.

4. START REVIEWING THE CHAPTERS


This is the most important task of the day as this will determine what you are going to send
into and keep in your brain until your exams. Skim through all the main topics in your
textbook and try to remember them, including the subtopics in each main. Close the book
and write down all the main topics with their subs. on a small piece of paper.
5. PREPARE SHORT NOTES
For each topic and sub-topics, prepare short notes using your own words. This is very
important as this is what you will be doing in the exam, i.e., writing in your own words. If you
have not practiced this before, than this is your only chance. Try to recall all the main points
that you have covered in each topic and subs. If you are able to do at least 70% of these,
then you are in the right track. This itself will boost your self-confidence to a higher level and
encourage you to do more. If you are unable to do so, then dont worry. You are still allowed
to cheat. Go back to the topic or sub-topic you are having trouble recalling, and read them
through quickly but calmly. Now, rewrite the points without seeing the book. Remember! This
day is only for preparing the short notes and not doing any extensive revision yet. So, do not
over-stress yourself.
6. PREPARE FLASH CARDSAlthough this step is optional, it may be very useful if you
managed to do it. For each topic and its sub, create a small flash card. For example, cut an
A4 paper into 4 pieces. On each piece, write the main topic, sub-topic and a question from
that topic. One the back of the paper, write the answer. Once you have done all these, you
are ready to use them on day 3.
7. AVOID LOOKING UP NEW MATERIALS

At this point of time, avoid buying new reference materials or model exam papers. This is
because, a new material may present one or more new stuff which you may not have seen
before. This will create further nervous breakdown and you will instantly lose focus.
Instead, just refer to all the materials you have been using for the past three years. Each
time, remember to look at what mistakes you have made and what is the correct way to
answer. Answers after correcting mistakes are rather easier to remember than first-time
correct answers.
8. TAKE REGULAR SHORT BREAKSDont forget to take regular short breaks as your brain
need to rest as well. Trying to cramp everything in one go will not help. Each time you feed

something new into your brain, it takes time to be processed. If you keep pushing new stuff
without stop, your brain will do the same, i.e., push the old stuff away to receive the new. So,
you will lose the old stuff. You can take 10 minutes breaks every hour. Theres nothing
wrong in it. After all, you are not going for a war.
9. START REVIEWING THURSDAYS (10th SEPT 2015) SUBJECTS
Ok. You are now ready to start your actual revision. . What should you do first? This is the
day you should start revising the subjects whose exam falls on Thursday. Use all the short
notes and flash cards prepared to do your quick and efficient revision. In case you have
doubts about a certain topic, do not hesitate to open up the book to look up.
DAY 3 (5th SEPT 2015)

1. STAY CALM
Remember! Saying calm help you focus more.

2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP


Remember! Not enough sleep equals to poor performance.
3. EAT HEALTHY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Remember! Breakfast supplies more energy to sustain you throughout the day.
4. START REVIEWING WEDNESDAYS (9th SEPT 2015) SUBJECTS
On this day, you can start revising the subjects whose exams fall on Wednesday. If you wish
you can also do group study with your friends, but make sure that you dont spend more than
10 minutes in travelling. Only do group studies with friends who live near your house. Word
of caution: You and your friends should always remember that time is DIAMOND at this point
and hence strict discipline should be observed.
DAY 2 (6th SEPT 2015)
1. STAY CALM, GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT HEALTHY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
2. START REVIEWING TUESDAYS (8th SEPT 2015) SUBJECTS
As you know, Tuesdays, which is the first day of your UPSR exam is a very important day
because on this day you have 3 major papers: Bahasa Melayu Pemahaman, Bahasa Melayu

Penulisan and Mathematics Paper 2. All three papers are hard so you need more time
revising these subjects. That is the reason I have allocated 2 full days for these. So, for
today, you can start with either B.M or Maths. If I were you, I would definitely choose to do
B.M first. B.M has a lot of stuff to remember. Knowing that I have 2 full days will give me the
courage and confidence to start the day. A famous personal development coach called Brian
Tracy has recommended that completing the most difficult task first thing in morning help you
to better manage your time for the rest of your day. In your case, the most difficult subject
could be either Maths or B.M. So choose wisely. Make sure that you know the correct format
for surat rasmi, surat tidak rasmi, laporan, berita, etc. You must also know most of the
popular peribahasa, simpulan bahasa, perumpamaan, sinonim, antonim, etc. DO NOT TRY
to learn anything NEW.

DAY 1 (7th SEPT 2015)


1. STAY CALM, GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT HEALTHY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
This is your last day of revision. DO NOT PANIC. Do what is necessary to keep your body
and mind in healthy state.
2. START REVIEWING TUESDAYS (8th SEPT 2015) SUBJECTS
If you have done your B.M yesterday, then you can start with your Maths today. As Maths is
all about formulas, you need not worry much as you would have already mastered all of them
throughout your school years. Maths formulas are easy to remember if you have been
practicing regularly. On this day, all you need to do is to just go through all the important
formulas especially the difference between perimeter and area of a given shape. Many of my
students often get confused between these two. Remember, perimeter means adding the
lengths of all the sides, where else area means multiplying the length and width (basically
two adjacent sides). You must also know how to do unit conversions correctly as there will
definitely be one or two questions on this. You may still practice more questions but make
sure you are calm. Remember to take regular breaks and rest whenever necessary. Avoid
locking yourself in a room as you need a lot of oxygen, unless this works for you. Most
importantly, avoid group studies at this stage. This is because, having more students means
more noise and more distractions. Moreover, your friend might bring up a new concept which
he/she might have seen in his revision books or heard from someone, which you may not
know about at all. This is cause you to panic, a situation we would not want to even think
about on this day.

On the week of Exam


Now that you are done with your last minute revision for B.M and Maths, you should be
more than ready and full of confidence to face you fear. This is what you should do for
the rest of the week until your exam is over. Once again, these are merely suggestions
based on my experience, and hence your discretion is appreciated.

8th September 2015


At School
1. Wake up early. Take your breakfast. Stay calm.
2. Reach school at least hour early.
3. Avoid doing crash-revision as 30 minutes is not enough for you to even skim through
all your short notes. So, use this time to relax and be mentally prepared. Think about how
you plan to utilize the given exam time efficiently.
4. Avoid discussing anything with your friends. You need to be as composed and
collected as possible in order to perform well in the exam hall.
5. Go to washroom.
6. Double confirm that you have brought all the necessary stationary with you, especially
the EXAM SLIP.
7. Go for your exam and answer all the questions confidently. Do not miss any question.
If you do not know the answer, do not waste your time on that question. Instead mark it
as unanswered and move on to the next question. Once you are done, dont forget to go
back to the question you could not answer earlier and solve it.
8. Try to finish answering all the questions at least 10 minutes before the end time. Use
this time to re-check your answers. Make sure your have written all your particulars
correctly on the answer sheet and get ready to submit your paper.
9. Once you done for the day, go home happily. Do not think about the past exam again.
You need energy to prepare for the next day.
At Home
1. Take your lunch.

2. Rest for hour.


3. Start revising your short notes for Wednesdays exam.
4. For those who are not taking Bahasa Cina or Bahasa Tamil, you are lucky. You now
have 1 full extra day to revise your English and Science.
5. Use your time wisely. Do your flash card quizzes. Go through all your previous
worksheets or model exam papers. Look at how you have answered them and how they
are supposed to be answered.
6. Again, you should always make sure you are well-hydrated and have regular breaks
between studies. Now that you are quite familiar with your role after coming back from
exam, the next two days will be the same. So, manage your time well and lead your life.
All the best.