Inborn skills, gifts, and talents may become mediocre myths with exams. We either have the talent, gift, and inborn skill to ‘cram’ or we end up doomed to unfulfilled dreams of prospect.
Now, the important thing: we never cram. We work at least a little every day. The brain gets a habit. The grand matter is in finding a fancy. Before we think about going schools, we consider what we really, really like. And we do not forget about it even on school leaves and vacations.
How do we do the work? We never memorize. We try to see things for ourselves. Schoolbook authors put things in words own ways. We always think how we can view and express the study content independently. We can try cursory notes. A verb or two, and from time to time only — we see if we ‘get ourselves’ returning to our notes after a while.
Recording oneself is another good trick. We can take scenic walks with earphones.
We can prepare sample test questions. For example, we learn about the Constitution. The question — First? — could do for the Article and the Amendment. The question — Representative? — might cover the Senate with regard to representative functions. I mean, we make our questions open-ended. It can be anyway a pleasant surprise only, if we discover that real tests are not as detailed.
And we never take ‘happy pills’. As probably everybody, I happened to be offered those a few times and never took them: even if someone says it is ‘the good stuff’, artificial chemistry can only compete against that natural chemistry our brains need to make memories. After ‘happy pills learning’, we could end up with state-dependent memories, that is, ‘happy pills test taking’ — not a practicable resolve, especially with entire school terms in view.
Herbs are not bad, however. Chamomile, melisa, mint. They don’t put to sleep, unless in amounts definitely bigger than a cup or two. We could feel like our entire futures depend on the exams; herbs help keep calm and cool.
We remember always to have some sleep. Good luck (!)