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 CDs, mobile phones and other technical devices, except for the computer, I have not used, as I have personally coped with the classical method of preparation of the preparation and further processing. Exceptions were languages. Here I have especially in English many films, docus or series in English looked, since one only so synonymous to the original "native speakers".
Did you use original clausures for learning?
Annika Block During the preparation, I went through all the examinations again, because from mistakes, which one made there, one learns finally 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, pausenreichreich. I've always had a theme at the time and I've been busy with it until I felt that I not only understood it, but am fit in it. After that I took a break. Most of the time, I did only one or two subjects a day, but I felt much safer and more informed. Of long, wild learning organs before the exam, I consider less, because I at least keep it simple. I'd rather be in the lesson with a topic from the beginning, then there was less time to catch up and you could limit yourself to the "widening" of the respective knowledge, instead of having to start again at zero.
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 Read thousands of times, a thousand times understood and yet mostly for the most diverse reasons not implemented: do not go crazy, orderly and targeted and above all not all at once! This presupposes, of course, that one begins at the appropriate time with the reprocessing, where then often the dog is buried again. My tip for the procedure: Already in time - at the latest after the last normal examination - all subjects per subject collectively and honestly look at what actually still has to be done to the "ground zero". This not only facilitates a structured approach, but also leaves you with a good deal of uncertainty. Follow the various learning and human types accordingly.
And what were the best learning tricks for the exam preparation?
Iven John Some people like to create an exact schedule, others say, "Good, until 1German, then math". Again, others think, "Phew, that's still fitting. I'm starting to X-ten ". Each one of its own, only in every case is the first and best step to get an overview. Then it will all be in time! Everyone, as he does best, will have the greatest success when most of the students have their information bundled in some way. I personally have read a lot, then written down points and then checked me on the day before the exam and right before the examination. The whole thing worked out for me.
How did it look at you with the topic of examination anxiety and how did you circumvent with examination 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 it's all about? Can you reproduce the cores? Yes? Then you do not need to be afraid, right? You know the subject? Correct? Something else is with the pressure. The only way to help is to: Detect the pressure source. A German proverb says so beautifully: "Danger recognized, danger banned." Faithfully according to the motto I consider myself, which makes the pressure, and meet the source accordingly. So: take it easy, is only half as wild!
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