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As you pass the Abitur, every year many students ask themselves again. Two ex-students, who have already done it, give tips.

You already have your high school diploma in your pocket: Former student Annika Block (19) is now completing one Vocational Training to bank clerk, the former high school graduate Iven John (21) is currently completing various application rounds. The former high school graduates from the Carl von Ossietzky School Center in Bremerhaven tell all those who have yet to get their high school diploma what it's all about Things to Learn and when it comes to preparation - and also tell you how it's better not to do it.

What kind of tools did you use - besides the schoolbooks - for learning and the preparation for the Abitur?

Annika Block: For me mainly that Internet, it is good for reference. Terms that were unknown to you could fast on simple ways be searched and read on 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.

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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 with the exception of the computer, because I personally got along best with the classic preparation method of post-processing and deepening. However, languages ​​were an exception. Here I watched many films, documentaries or series in English, especially in English, because this is the only way to get the impression of a “native speaker”.

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.

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What was a typical afternoon of study 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, intensive, orderly, with plenty of breaks. I always picked one topic at a time and dealt with it until I had the feeling that I not only understood it, but was fit enough for it. After that I took a break. Most of the time I only managed one or two topics a day, but I felt clear safer and more informed. I don't think much of long, wild learning orgies before the exam, because at least I just can't stand it. I preferred to be involved in a topic from the beginning, because then there was less to catch up on and you could limit yourself to “expanding” the respective knowledge base instead of having to start all over again 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: Read a thousand times, understood a thousand times and yet mostly not implemented for a variety of reasons: don't drive yourself crazy, learn in an orderly and targeted manner and above all not everything at once! Of course, this assumes that you start reprocessing early enough, where the dog often lies buried again. My tip on how to proceed: collect all the topics for each subject in good time – at the latest after the last normal exam – and Honestly see what actually still needs to be done until "ground zero". This not only makes it easier for you to take a structured approach, but also takes away a good deal of the uncertainty. Then proceed according to the different types of learners and people.

And what were the best learning tricks for the exam preparation?

Iven John: Some like to have an exact schedule draw up, the others say: “Okay, up to 1 German, then math”. Others then think: “Phew, that still fits. I'll start on the tenth". To each his own, but in each case the first and best step is to get an overview. Then everything will be done in time! Everyone does what is best for them, but most students will have the greatest success if they bring their information to heart in some way. Personally, I read a lot, then wrote down key points and then looked at them again the day before the exam and directly before the exam. It all worked out 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: Exam anxiety sounds like panic to me. One is usually panicked by the unknown.
Yes, the one coming Ask and Tasks are uncertain, but if you prepare yourself to the point where you think "I know my stuff," then you're in the thick of it, and no matter what the question is, it can't be entirely unknown. I have accordingly Respect before exams, you can never rule out a certain unknown, but from Anxiety to speak and to convince oneself to do so can only be injurious.

Any tips for today's test subjects?

Iven John: Ask yourself: Do you know what it's about? Can you reproduce the core elements? Yes? Then you don't have to be afraid, do you? You know the topic? Correct? It is something else with the pressure. The only thing that helps: Recognize the pressure source. A German proverb says so nicely: "Danger recognized, danger averted." True to the motto, I think about what constitutes the pressure and meet the source accordingly. So: take it easy is only half as wild!

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