How to get the best grades
Achieving the best grades in any exam requires a profound commitment. This involves making the most out of the time that you have. In order to render the revision period as fruitful, here are some simple steps.
- Have a revision plan – refer to the revision guidance page. Your revision plan can be time based or topic based. In the time based plan you can allocate a revision slot in the timetable. This is the best plan if you want to guarantee you’ll only spend a designated amount of hours a day. In the topic based plan you decide on the number of topics you will revise each day. This is more unpredictable as one day’s revision can take longer than another day’s. However, it is a better way of ensuring that you’ll cover everything before the exams.
- Have the correct attitude – ask yourself why am I doing these exams? Your answer should entail something along the lines of achieving your desired aspirations.
- Setting – Make sure you have the right setting for revision. If your own room doesn’t suffice, use your local library.
- Understand the information before you revise – Exams are merely regurgitating information, they mostly consist of application of knowledge.
- Revision techniques – a great way to enhance your effectiveness – refer to revision guidance.
- Take regular breaks – give your mind the time to absorb what has been learnt. It’s much easier to absorb bite sized information rather than large chunks therefore make it easy for yourself.
- Reward yourself – this is a good way of motivating yourself. After revising, reward yourself with something fun like an activity with friends or just eating a bar of chocolate.
- Attempt as many exam papers as possible – this should be done under exam conditions. Get yourself used to the atmosphere and pressure of the day that matters the most.
- Exam techniques – don’t just learn the content, ask yourself ‘how can the exam question me on this?’ This would allow you to be concise and prompt with your timing in your exams.
- Prioritise you workload – write a number from 1 to 10 net each subject (if you’re doing ten subjects) indicating which subject requires the most attention. This will allow you to plan effectively.