They have their high school diploma already happy in the bag: The former student Annika Block (19) is now undergoing training as a bank clerk, the former high school graduate Iven John (21) currently completes various application rounds. The former high school graduates of the school center Carl von Ossietzky in Bremerhaven betray those who still have to finish high school, what matters in learning and in preparation - and also tell how not to do it better.
What kind of tools did you use - besides the schoolbooks - for learning and the preparation for the Abitur?
Annika Block: For me mainly the Internet, it is good for looking up. Conceptualities, which were unknown to one, could be quickly searched and read via the Internet.
Iven John: In addition to the documents from the respective lessons - textbooks and especially created by the teacher worksheets - I have mainly used the Internet. Mostly to look up ambiguities such as concepts or vocabulary, often to get a different view of a topic. That sometimes opened up completely new perspectives.
And what role did new media like CD, Internet and Handy / iPhone play?
Iven John: I did not use CDs, mobile phones and other technical devices except the computer, because I personally coped best with the classic preparation method of follow-up and re-depth. Exceptions were languages. Here I have looked especially in English many films, documentaries or series in English, because only in this country you can take the impression of "native speakers".
Did you use original clausures for learning?
Annika Block: During the preparation, I went through all the exams again, because from mistakes, which one made there, one finally learns also.
And what did it look like in practice?
Iven John: To the Abitur, I have almost all the examinations from the past years rausgewraumented and by means of which I then once again an overview per subject / topic / half year procured. Everything I did not think of in detail or I had the feeling to have to do it again, I then picked myself up and looked up in my existing documents in more detail. If I was interested in more, then I then also tried the Internet and read further. We did not have much more original cus- toms from past school years.
What did a typical afternoon of learning look like?
Annika Block: Put to the desk with great calmness and read and practice all the documents. I also learned a lot with other students from the class. Iven John: Targeted, intense, orderly, break-fast. I've always been on a topic right now and I've been working on it until I feel like I'm not just getting it, I'm fit enough. After that I took a break. Most of the time I only managed one or two topics a day, but felt much safer and more informed. From long, wild learning orgies before the exam, I think less, because I at least just do not hold it. I preferred to be in the classroom for a topic from the very beginning, then there was less catching up to do and you could limit yourself to "broadening" your knowledge rather than having to start from scratch.
From student to student: What tips can you give your high school graduates to effective and sustainable learning?
Annika Block: Early starting with learning pays off. Learning tricks did not exist with me. Iven John: A thousand times read, a thousand times understood and yet mostly for the most diverse reasons not implemented: do not go crazy, orderly and targeted learn and especially not all at once! Of course, this presupposes that you start with the reprocessing, where often the dog is buried again. My tip for the procedure: Ever in time - at the latest after the last normal exam - collect all topics per subject and look honestly, what actually has to be done until the "ground zero". This not only makes the structured approach easier, it also takes away a good deal of uncertainty. Then proceed according to the different types of learning and people.
And what were the best learning tricks for the exam preparation?
Iven John: Some like to make an exact timetable, the others rather say, "Good, to 1German, then math." Others think then: "Phew, that still fits, I start to the X-th". To each his own, only in each case is the first and best step to get an overview. Then everything will be done in time! Anyone who does what he does best, but most students will have the most success in bundling their information in some way. Personally, I've read a lot, then wrote down bullet points and then looked at it again the day before the exam and right before the exam again. The whole thing has proven itself for me.
How did you look at the topic of exam anxiety and how did you deal with exam pressure?
Annika Block: My exam was very large, but was always just before the examination there, so I could relax briefly, which has brought a lot. Iven John: Test anxiety sounds like panic to me. Most people are panicked at something unknown. Yes, those who are prepared for questions and tasks are uncertain, but if you prepare yourself to the point where you think "I know what you're doing" then you're in the matter and no matter what question comes then, the whole thing can not completely unknown. I have accordingly Respect After exams, one can never rule out a certain unknown, but to speak of fear and to persuade oneself of that, that can only be bad.
Any tips for today's test subjects?
Iven John: Ask yourself: Do you know what this is about? Can you play the core elements? Yes? Then you do not need to be afraid, right? You know the topic? Right? Something else is the pressure. Only helps: recognize pressure source. A German proverb says so beautifully: "Danger recognized, danger banished." True to the motto, I think about what the pressure is and meet the source accordingly. So take it easy is only half as wild!
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