Exams are approaching, and I would like to share with you three simple steps that you can take today to enhance your grades. Whether you are currently overachieving or underachieving, if you take these three steps today up until your exams, I can guarantee you will improve your score.
1. Knowledge First, you must acquire the knowledge in order to understand exactly what is required of you to pass your exams. Speak with your teachers and mentors. Grasp as many learning tools and revision resources as possible in order to understand your subject. I strongly encourage every one of my students to become independent when it comes to finding out about the areas they need to improve, and consistently work towards addressing them. If you are struggling to identify how your work is going work, look at past exam model samples and try to embody these techniques within your own answers.
2. Strategy Come up with a strategy plan that you can use up until your exams. Identify what type of learner you are. Some students are visual learners, others learn through aural techniques or through memorisation and repetition. I would say the best thing that you can do, is revise study material in your own way that helps you learn efficiently and effectively. Create a timetable over the next few months to ensure you have a structure in place that you can work towards. Set yourself mini goals along the way; this will encourage you to feel progression and achievement leading up to your exams.
3. Action Take the steps you need to get to the goal you aspire to achieve. For example, now that you have the knowledge, and a strategy plan, practice every day. Effective ways to do this could be, revising with your peers, completing past papers and essays consistently. The more action you take, (i.e. revision) the more competent and confident you will become. Do not leave any stone uncovered. Make sure you revise what you have been taught, and maybe even a little beyond your current knowledge of the subject. You must go into the exam feeling ready prepared for any question that may arise.
“Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.”