Mid-Exam Mind Blanks: What Are They and How Can I Overcome Them?

Despite being well-prepared, many students fall victim to mid-exam mind blanks. These blanks may occur because of a wide range of reasons, including exam anxiety, memory lapses triggered by stress, lack of rigorous preparation, etc.

As they sit their exams, students may forget critical concepts despite having a strong grasp on them beforehand. In this article, we’ll walk you through three ways to prevent mid-exam mind blanks. Continue reading.

1. Prepare and Re-Prepare

In many cases, students think they’re well-prepared as they sit their exams. In actuality, their preparation isn’t as rigorous as it should be. As a rule of thumb, we recommend avoiding complacency as much as possible.

Instead of feeling satisfied with your preparation, make sure you “re-prepare” to ensure critical concepts have been clarified and committed to memory. The more you go over a topic or subtopic, the better it’ll be entrenched in your mind. You’ll be able to recall it with ease as you sit your exams.

2. Revisit Concepts and Topics That Need More Time

If you think specific concepts and topics need more time, revisit them prior to sitting your exams. More often than not, students have trouble determining which topics they’re struggling with. Instead of determining this on your own, reach out to your teachers for help.

These trouble areas will be automatically unearthed as you sit your mock exams. Your teachers will also be able to identify additional trouble areas based on your performance during classes and on tests.

3. Switch to a Reputable Online School

 an A Levels student attending an online class

Students who attend conventional school with a high pupil-teacher ratio are at greater risk of experiencing a mid-exam mind blank. This is largely because conventional schooling doesn’t facilitate focused learning.

Each classroom comprises 18+ students, which makes it difficult for the teachers to provide the individualised attention each student requires. Engagement, interaction, and retention levels go down. Consequently, students fail to grasp and recall critical concepts as well as they should.

As one of the leading Virtual international school UK, Cambridge Home School has a low pupil-teacher ratio. Each classroom comprises 8 to 10 students, which enables the teachers to engage with everyone attentively and assiduously. Teachers can pick up on each student’s weaknesses and help them get back on track.

As students sit their exams, they have a clear, focused, and strong grasp on key topics. As a result, they perform exceptionally well.

Cambridge Home School has a team of MA/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers on board. They also boast a well-rounded, independent curriculum, three parent consultations each year, and a strong focus on student mental health.

Choose from one of their four homeschooling programs: Primary Prep/Key Stage 2 (ages 8 to 10), Lower School/Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 13), Upper School/IGCSEs (ages 14 to 16), and Sixth Form/AS & A Levels (ages 17 to 19).

Find out more about our virtual school in London here.

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