Having a good grade in any examination is what every student opts for. No students ever plan to be a failure but when you fail to prepare yourself for the examination that’s when the failure will locate you.
Making full Preparation for an examination, be it internal or external should be your main priority as a student. The reason why a lot of student fails in an examination is not that they fail to prepare for the exams but it’s because they didn’t study appropriately for the exams.
And, the question now is; How can I as a student study appropriately before my exams commence?
Do you know that if you make plans toward your upcoming examination that you will pass with good grades? I have seen a lot of students who fail to prepare for an examination just because they know much about that particular subject the want to write in an examination.
But, let me tell you; it does not matter if that subject is your best subject, you still need to prepare yourself towards that particular subject by revising your book to refresh your brain more about some topics.
Yes, it true. Revising your book before the examination begins will help you know more about what you didn’t have an understanding of. And, at this process, you are free to approach your lecturer or teacher if you don’t understand a particular topic.
Tips on How to Pass Any Exams.
1. Believe in Yourself
If you don’t believe that you will pass the exam you won’t, you will be defeated before you even start. If you believe in yourself, you are committed to doing your best both in your preparation and in the exam session.
2. Understand the Syllabus and Exam Structure
Your first step in your studies should be to read and understand the structure of the exam you’re going to sit, this will give you a structure for your revision and will help you grasp how all the topics fit together.
The syllabus explains how the marks are allocated and how each of the topics within the paper is weighted.
3. Practice Past Exam Questions
“Practice makes perfect” and you should practice as many past exam papers as you can. Try as much as possible to always go through Papers from the last four sessions of your exams before writing any other exams, be it internal or external.
This will help you more in understanding the subject matter because 50% of some questions will be drawn from those sessions.
4. Make Summary Notes
To assist your recall when the exam comes around, make notes from your study materials and books, this can help embed the information in your mind, and gives you something to revise from as the exam approaches, rather than going back to the full book.
Write bullet points for important concepts and key ideas which you need to remember.
5. Remember Key Information
Aid your memory of key information and formulas by making use of mnemonics (like SWOT) or by making posters that you can stick up around your home.
You could even post it at the bottom of your bed, so it’s the last thing you see at night or the first thing you see in the morning.
I would like you to understand some words on this particular concept. Such words are mnemonics and SWOT. What does this word explain or stand for?
Mnemonics: Is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval in human memory.
SWOT: SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This is a framework for identifying and analyzing the internal and external factors that can have an impact on the viability of a project, product, place or person.
I believe you have a better understanding of what you were reading above now because everything has been explained in detail.
6. Plan Your Exam Strategy
You have months to study but just over three hours to pass your exam, so it’s vital you know how you’re going to approach the exam and make the best use of that precious time. Know how you’re going to allocate your time before you get in the exam hall.
You should allot some time, in the beginning, to read the paper through before you begin and then again at the end to check through your answers.
The mark allocation indicated in the syllabus will also give you an idea of how long to spend on a question.
If you get stuck on a question, don’t panic, move onto the next question and if you have time you can go back to it. The examiner can’t allocate you any marks if you haven’t even attempted a question.
7. Make the Examiner’s Job Easy
Examiners will only mark what they can understand and read clearly, so it’s vital that you write clearly and legibly, and that you check your spelling and that what you’ve written makes sense.
Examiners have a limited amount of time to mark exams, so it helps if you make your paper as examiner friendly as possible.