How To Pass Your Exams With These 2 Things

Mohammed Hijab


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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatu. How are you guys do? One of the most oft repeated requests for a video that I've been asked over the years is to give some advice, practical advice to young people about how to prepare for an exam. Now, by the fuddle of Allah subhanaw taala. By the blessings of Allah, I've done many exams in my life, well over 100 exams, actually, formal exams in this country outside of this country, for those who know.

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You know, I've done multiple degree programs, you know, multiple degrees at the undergraduate level at the postgraduate level than GCSE is in this country, I've done a levels in this country, for example. And in addition to doing lots of different courses that people don't know that I've done, so I've done lots of exams, that's once for the last 15 years, actually, I've been doing lots of exams, and Hamdulillah, I've been doing quite well in those exams. So what was what what are the secrets? First and foremost, I would say to you, there are no secrets. There are methods, okay, and everyone has their own methods, I'm just gonna give you mine.

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And there's not a one size fits all policy. Okay, there's not a one size fits all policy to how to do with an exam. But let me tell you what works for me. And then you can try and implement what you can or will take what you can from what I'm saying. The first thing is obviously make that I suppose some people will believe in supplicating, to Allah subhanaw taala. And the very common kind of that people make before exams is the following Allah and Melissa in lemma Jalta, who said Allah will enter Jannah hasn't either ship test Allah, that Allah there is no easy except for that which you make easy, and you make difficulty, if you wish, easy, this is a very beautiful and rhythmic kind of

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glad that you can make, that's the first thing I would say, making try to slow everything up. Because to realize that everything is in the hands of Allah subhanaw taala everything is in the will of God. And one of the most beautiful mindsets to have is that if you try and exhaust you know, you're kind of what you can choose your disposal before you have an exam, and then you do the exam then tell us, it's like anything else in life, you've tried your best, whatever grade you get, it doesn't matter after that, to have the mindset that I've tried my best and whatever. After that, whatever. You know, it's it's the will of Allah after them. So having a positive mindset is very,

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very important. The second thing is time management. And it's a very common thing that people talk about in self development circles and self help books and so on, which is referred to as chunking. Okay. Now the way I do it is I've realized that the brain, the mind, the concentration, or my particular concentration, after about one hour, in fact, around 50 minutes, I timed myself, and I realized that I'm 47 to 50 minutes is what I get a kind of fatigue. Okay, when I'm revising and chunking method that makes it difficult for me to continue. So I do one hour, one hour chunks and what I'll do is the following.

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If I'm an offseason, I consider offseason to be a time was not exam season period. So for example, if I'm at a levels now yeah. And season will be considered when you have study leave, for example, like may may even April, that kind of time. Yeah. My time. That's how it was. And let's say the the exam could be on June, May June, that season. So offseason will be anytime. Apart from that. Say I will do three hours a day. Okay, and I'll space it out in the season, which I'm gonna speak about now of exams. That's what I would do. So you've got the whole day to revise Yeah. Let's say you wake up for the sake of argument I seven o'clock in the morning, for the sake of argument working by

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seven o'clock in the morning. I would do one hour. Yeah, one hour revision. And then I would have an you might consider this to be a bit weird. I'd have a three hour break. I might see what kind of break is this? Some people say it's should be one hour and then half an hour break and then one hour and a half an hour break? I consider that to be ridiculous, to be honest with you that would fatigue me that would that I don't know how people do it. And here's my question, why do you need to do that. Like if you've got a 24 hour day, if you got a 24 hour day, really and truly, you're not going to do more than six hours of revision in one day. You're not going to do that. And if you do, you're

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pushing it. I think you don't need to do that to pass any exam. You don't need more than six hours a day to pass any exam at the highest level like getting the whatever is level nines with a star so you don't even want to six hours. You could push it to seven but you don't need anything more than that. So I'll do one hour. Let's say for example, we work in the morning

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At seven o'clock in the morning, you do one hour. Okay, one hour, I'd have a three hour break, maybe even four hours, you might think What the hell are you talking about might go to sleep, I might go to the gym, I might go for a walk, I might do something that is going to occupy a different part of my brain. I speak with someone do some a laugh, go socialize, like live life, you might think what the hell is this not I would live like, enjoy myself, go get a meal, go to the gym, do some martial arts, like completely forget about revision, then do another hour. So let's use this as an argument as like 10 o'clock. So six, seven o'clock, one hour, and then 10 o'clock, or 11 o'clock half an

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hour. And I keep doing that every free. I give myself free outbreaks until nighttime and I've done six hours effectively.

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Now, that's much better for me than someone going into a library all cooped up, yeah, it's hot. And it's a bad environment. And then you try to do what I want to fit me to break when I will say me right now, that's for me, it's a bad strategy, you're not giving yourself enough time to recuperate. Your brain can't handle that kind of stuff. I don't think we're built for that kind of thing do you get I'm gonna say. So what I would do is I would chunk number one. And the methodologies of chunking is with big breaks in between, because the thing is, if I've got 24 hours, and I'm assuming here that you're not going to school for that time, you can afford if you can afford the big breaks, take

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them. I was reading a book from Daniel Goleman, interestingly, about resilience. And he was saying that resilience is not necessarily being tough and be able to take more, it's being able to take knowing when to rest. Resilience is all about knowing when to rest and how to rest. That's the case for an American. That's the case if you're doing a martial arts thing. And that is the case if you're revising for an exam. So chunking is resting, but that's what I do anyway. And it works. So that's the first thing is time management. So I chunk in that way. And I'll be honest with you, and maybe one day, I'll tell you, I'll do everything in my life. And as you may have seen, I've got this

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little bag that I carry around, yeah. And in this little bag that I carry around. Let me just put this here.

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In the back of this, this is my, you know, diary. In the back of it, I have even to this day, for the last 15 years I've done this, and I continue to do this, I think is one of the best things I've done in my life. And one day, I'll detail how I do this, I'll hold myself to account. So how many hours have I done so far, and these kinds of things. So for example, let's say you've got three subjects, you put that the numbers of the three subjects or what subjects you're doing on a daily basis, this hour, this is how many hours that's how I do it. That's how. So time management and holding yourself to account for how many hours you've done for each subject. This is by far the most

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crucial thing you can do, not just an exam preparation, but I will say in the whole of life. If you master this, you've you've mastered half of life, like in my opinion. So that's the first thing. And then the time when you're revising now, you've got to make sure that you're not being distracted. Do you get I'm trying to say like, because sometimes you're revising, you've got your phone down, blah, blah, blah, like put your phone somewhere else, put your phone somewhere else, like I literally put it somewhere else, unless you need like a laptop or the internet for research purposes. And you've got to be really disciplined that time period, realize that you're only going to be doing this for

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45 minutes to an hour, the chunk that you've got. So you've got to discipline yourself because this is addictive behavior. You're always on your phone and always doing this kind of things you've got program itself. So the first thing is we said time management. Actually the first thing was mindset. Yeah, including the spiritual aspect, then it was a time management. The first thing is, and this is very important. Now, when you're revising, don't be distracted. And we sit we explained number four. Okay. How to have what do you do? I said, for example, you've got a book, can you film your book broken, destroyed? Don't worry. It's any whatever this book is, yeah, this is actually a good book

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that gets mentioned. Right? I recommend this book and

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read this book myself, is the philosophy of science. So introduction of the philosophy of science is good book, it shows you how science operates in some seminar Kashia I think is an Arab anyway, interesting that he's written this book by Oxford University Press, say for example, I have a philosophy of science examination. Yeah.

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Why would do this book, I would read the whole thing. Yeah, I would read it. And when I'm reading it, there's two ways you do it, you'd read the book. And I'd have a stack of papers, MRA papers, a4 pieces of paper, a4, not a three, not a five, a4. And I would get a nice pen. Not any pin, I would like a pen that I like to use in my hand. Okay, I've got a nice pen. I'm not going to show you what kind of pen it is. But I've got a nice like a good one, you can get a pocket pen got a good one that you respect the pen in your hand. You liked the way it looks. Now you're using this pen to take notes of this book. You're gonna say no, so I'm taking notes and putting a piece of paper. So I

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might have a stack of papers. When I'm finished with this. I have a stack of papers. Now, let's say about 50 papers for the sake of argument got 50 papers with notes. I leave this book. I don't need a book no more. I put this book to the side. I've got a stack of 50 papers here. You're gonna say this stack of 50 papers. I'm gonna just condensing it. So I'm gonna take the stack of 50 papers. Got it? I've got a stack of papers. So I say I got a stack of 50 papers. Now. I'm going to take these 50 papers and I'm good

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make them into 25 papers, that's called, for example, that will take them out on how many hours to put the notes, I've gotten out a stack of papers,

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this, I'm going to make it from 50 to 25. So I'm going to be doing that in my hour. Yeah. And then from 25, is going to go down to 10. And then from 10, is going to go down to five. And then by the time I finish right before the exam, everything that I know be on one piece of paper, everything that is in this book will be summarized in this will be this, this book will be distinct, this one piece of paper. So right before the exam, I'm looking at this piece of paper, and it's as if I've read the whole book. Do you have no say, so I'll read one piece of papers as if I've read the whole book, because like I've, you know, understood the whole book. That's the first thing. That's what I

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would call phase one of the preparation for examination. Now, this will work with almost any subject. Any science subject, mathematics will work with anything, Social Sciences, English, anything you like, any subject. Once you've done that now and everything is on one piece of paper, you got your notes, condensed notes, and it's all one piece of paper. That's phase one. Phase two, which is more important.

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More important, I would say, if you have past papers, now, for example, in the United Kingdom for GCSEs, and a levels and stuff, you've got 36 or 37, examination boards, yeah, the official examination boards like 36, Edexcel, OCR, these kind of things. Yeah.

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Cambridge examinations, whatever.

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Say, for example, I'm doing mathematics exam, or I'm doing the science exam biology wherever I would look from 2015, to 2020, the past papers or print them up.

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And I would go through each one,

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five times. Now, you might think that's a bit excessive. Each one, I'd go through each one five times, I would have memorized the mark scheme of that past paper

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that's finished. So after I've got this, and I've done the past papers, I'm ready for that exam. By the way, I've used the same exact process for every debate I've ever gone into.

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I'd take my condensed notes, it's the same thing. That's why a lot of it's transfer. It's not just examinations, you can use the same thing for debates and everything you do. And then if the person's got like key points, just memorize the key arguments that they have, boom, you're ready for anything. It's such a powerful method of being able to retain information. So that's the whole this is this how to do it. Now you've got different kinds of examination, and we've got a whole process for coursework stuff, but that's how I do it. And that's I have a good brake system, good rest. Productive persons have rested person. Yeah, I would have a good, you know, system of notetaking of

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condensing the notes and past papers, I'd go ham on the past papers, that's basically all I do. And then after that, I go on to the to the examination, and do very well in the examination. Now, if you if you follow my method,

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I think you'll do very well as well. And Charla,

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I think you'll do very well as well. If you follow this method to the tee, I think you'll do very well as well. I should it should work. It has worked for me for the last 11 to 15 years.

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Yeah, I've done 15 years, actually, I've done 11 years worth of just university education. I have been in university for 11 years, has worked 11 years in universities, and like four years or five years, whatever it is two years of

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a level and GCSE as this is tried and tested bro. So I think that for young persons watching, watch, this is the method of how to get it done.

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And with that, I conclude and in sha Allah if you want more videos like this, I've got lots more tips about life kind of management if you like because there's a lot of things we have to do in our life. And so if you want that let me know in the comment section of Santa Monica mas Llobregat the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us to whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him a similar the house in Jannah. And we know the great reward that will not only be gained but rather will fill your grave after your death. Whenever someone prays that whenever someone gives shahada in the masjid whenever someone learns something in the masjid, yes, that will

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be something that you will have on your scale.