In today’s article, we talk about perfection and how not to look for it at all costs while we study, because sometimes it brings more damage than results. I’m talking about that perfection which, when you are preparing for an exam on a 1200-page manual, leads you to think that in order to be truly prepared and ready to go and take it, you must first know every single page by heart.
Don’t Seek Perfection
We have said that the tendency to perfectionism, from a logical point of view, is a positive factor, an index of interest and commitment, among other things. But at the same time, our tendency to be perfectionists can get us into trouble. I tell you this because it is something that I have noticed very often in the guys that I happen to follow during coaching.
Many times, stuck students who want to get busy and get their exams back think “Ah yes, I’m getting ready super well, I study everything, I learn everything perfectly in order to be sure to pass it!”. Perhaps by committing yourself to prepare for all exams indiscriminately, even the most difficult exams.
And how does it end then? It turns out that until they have studied every page of each exam book to perfection, they do not feel ready to present themselves to take it. But I think I’m not giving you a scandalous secret by telling you that… perfection doesn’t exist! And if you really want perfection, then you would need to hire a professional, like an essay writer to do the task for you, then you would totally achieve perfection.
Because Perfection Does Not Exist
Perfection does not even exist in the case of university professors! Now I ask you a question. If you go to the professor who wrote the manual for your course, you open it to him at a random page, read him a piece, and ask him to go on … but are you really convinced that he remembered it?
The answer is obviously no. And I tell you quietly because I happened to talk about this thing with several university professors! But I’m not telling you to make you think badly of the professors. Each teacher perfectly knows certain topics external or internal to the book that he may have written, but he certainly does not remember everything. So, if not even the professor knows every single paragraph of his text, why should YOU go to the exam knowing it perfectly, even if it was not, you who wrote it?
Awareness Of What To Study
When you start studying for an exam, you don’t have to start with the idea of having to know every single page of the book. Your preparation must instead start with a clear awareness of:
- favorite topics of the professor, those asked most frequently in exams.
- topics most covered in class (so try as hard as you can to follow the lessons).
- most questions asked in the exam.
- and if possible, also the most welcome answers, those that guarantee a good grade.
This is the starting point. If we want to see your studio as a tree, these are the elements that make up the trunk and the first branches. And if you have time and energy to deepen the discussion, so be it! Going deeper can certainly help raise your grade. But remember to start with the skeleton! The need to select the contents to study is very well connected to the law of 80/20, a tactic to study faster.
Control Of Anxiety And Cure Of Exposure
The professor in front of you, at least in the case of the oral exam, pays attention to how you stand. A firm and resolute attitude are naturally more appreciated than a hesitant and indecisive one. These things also affect the decision!
So, the first thing you need to do is first learn to control anxiety by relaxing. In this article, you will find some tips. And then – very important – take the time to curate the exhibition! In this other article, there are all my tips for taking 30 on the oral exam.
You can do this in groups with fellow students, repeating topics to each other. Or you can register with your cell phone camera and, looking back, evaluate what your exposure is like. In the case of a written exam, you can simply write and then reread, as feedback is already useful.
To Sum Up
So, in summary, today we understood that it is not important to know the whole book by heart, because your aim is not that, but to pass the exam! And to do that you have to learn how to best sell that information I have so that it makes a difference.