Assalam Alaykum,

Recently I posted the top tips for exam success, whilst on the subject Maulana Zain over at his blog, My Life in Draft has posted his views and lessons to be learnt from his perspective being someone preparing for examinations himself.  Please take a look Examinations  and Exams by Maulana Zain.

Anas (رضى الله تعالى عنه) narrates that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“None of you can truly be said to believe until he wants for his brother what he wants for himself.” [Bukhari]

Once again, I pray Allah grants all those taking their examinations success.


Tips for Exam Success

Asslam Alaykum,

Given it’s the time of the year when many are either sitting exams or about to over the coming weeks, I thought I would share my top tips for exam success.  I pray you find them beneficial and that Allah grants you success in this life and the hereafter, ameen.

1, Avoid unnecessary talking outside the exam hall before the exam. It’s too late to do anything now and listening to others about what they have revised, or not, might just damage your confidence

2, Commence with Bismillah. Read the paper/ exam question carefully (note how many questions need to be answered)

3, Decide on which questions you will answer.  At first you might tick all those you can answer and then narrow them down further by preference if you have too many.

4, Divide your time equally in proportion to the marks available for each question/ sub question.

5, Re read the question, highlighting any key words

6, Make an answer plan. Even if it is only brief notes beside the question it will help you cover all your points and give a structure to your answer.

7, Pray Bismillah and start answering the question, sticking with the time allocation you planned out and referring back to the question so you actually answer the question and not go off track.

8, Write clearly – the examiner cannot mark what they cannot read! Leave a line space between your main points/ paragraph to help the examiner mark your work.

9, Avoid the post-mortam analysis after the exam with friends and other students.

10, Perform 2 units of prayer and make dua in gratitude to Allah that the exam went well and that He grants you success.