Tips to Help You Ace Your Exams (Part 1)

Your exams are coming. You are studying a lot more. You find that there is too much information to remember and concepts to understand. You panic and think to yourself, “How am I going to pass with flying colours?”

Do not worry! The following tips will be helpful.

#1 Mindmaps

List out the points. Group them into categories.

Draw up a map which brings the points together. If you learn visually, this method works best.

Example: The Burma Research Society

The Burma Research Society established in 1910 had a programme to publish, in printed book form, important texts from Myanmar palm-leaf and parabike paper manuscripts. The Burma Research Society in 1926 published vol.1 of U Kala’s Maha Yazawin daw-gyi, followed by vol.2 in 1932.

This text was the first standard chronicle of Myanmar covering all periods of history from the earliest times to the author’s time. The Hman-nan Yazawin-daw-gyi had also been published in book form much easier, vol.1 in 1883 and vol. 2 in 1884, by the order of King Thibaw at the Royal Palace Press and reprinted several times.

The Burma Research Society at its Executive Committee Meeting on 1st Feb, 1940 decided to publish the Twin-thin Taik-win’s Maha Yazawin-thit edited by U Hla Aung, lecturer in the Burmese-Pali Department of University College, University of Rangoon.

Unfortunately, this did not materialize due to the upheaval caused by the Second World War and the edited manuscript was lost during the Japanese Occupation Period, 1943-45.

After the Second World War, historians like Dr. Than Tun again tried to publish both the Twin-thin Maha Yazawin-thit and the Mon-ywe Yazawin-Kyaw, through the Text Publication Programme of the Burma Research Society.

As publisher of the Burma Research Society Text Publication Programme for the last fifteen years of its existence, the author of this paper also tried to get these two important texts published, but the Society did not have sufficient funds to do so up to the end of 1980 when it was dissolved by the BSPP government, at Gen. Ne Win’s behest.

TBRS = The Burma Research Society
TPP = Text Publishing Programme
V = Volume
HYDG = Hman-nan Yazawin-daw-gyi
MYDG = Maha Yazawin-daw-gyi
TTMYT = Twin-thin Taik-win’s Maha Yazawin-thit
WW2 = Second World War
MYK = Mon-ywe Yazawin-Kyaw

#2 Timeline or Flowchart

If you are more systematic, a timeline or flowchart works best. Using the same example as above, I have created a timeline.

#3 Relate the information to things that you already know

Think of the information you need to remember and match it to the things that are familiar to you. Think about the functions, similarities and importance.

Eg. The human heart is like the engine of a car. Without a healthy heart (just like the engine), I will not be able to be run for long or be as productive as I could.

#4 Exercise

Exercise strengthens your heart. As your heart rate increases, your body temperature increases, resulting in perspiration which releases toxins. Your body is better with the release of toxins.

You feel more confident of yourself and your mind is more alert. With a more alert mind, you can think better and faster, saving you time.

Exercise does not have to be long. All you need is 20-30 mins a day (warming up and cooling time included). Exercise can be free such as jogging, performing push ups, or even climbing the stairs of your apartment!

Check back for Part 2! We hope you ace your exams.

What do you do to help you remember the things you have studied?
Which of these tips will you try out?