With the Final Year Exams just round the corner, those who are not prepared may be desperate to find out ways to tackle the papers in the last minute.
I can understand how you are feeling.
With an effective study strategy, you should be able to score in your exam. Having said that, I am someone who have seldom done regular revisions in my studies, but I rarely miss lessons, and I do pay attention in class. I do work hard during my exam week and I try my best to finish all my revisions before the exam papers.
How I Scored In My Exams
In my ‘O’ Levels, I obtained satisfactory results with 4 As, 2 Bs and 2 Cs (C for my Malay Language and Biology – For most part of my Sec 4 & 5 years, we only had temporary teachers for Bio). I have to state that I was in another country with different schooling requirements where Malay is compulsory and I had no Literature to deal with, BUT the Cambridge GCE O Level exams are the same as what we have in Singapore.
In my Engineering Diploma at a local Polytechnic, I graduated with Merit being in the top 5% of my cohort.
In my Degree Course, I scored mostly Distinctions.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in to the five methods I have applied to excel in exams.
TIP # 1 – PLAN WELL
So, you are out of time, literally.
How are you supposed to delegate enough time to revise a whole year of 8 to 9 subjects and with so much notes to take and read?
Some of you already know this, but it is wise to have your schedule planned out in alignment with your exam timetable.
Say for instance, you have one paper on alternate days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), sometimes two exams on each day or one paper after another the following day. What I found useful and I learned this from my tuition teacher was to tackle the big subjects first, and those that are typically the last papers.
If you have major subjects lined up one against another, it is best to work on the latter subject first so you will have covered most of the topics beforehand. A day or two before the subject paper, you will just need to recap and cover those that were not studied before.
Some subjects need more practice than memorizing or analysing. Be sure to allocate enough time and materials (scrap papers, pen/ pencils, erasers / correction tapes) for practice. The most frustrating moments are when you waste time searching for materials…
Some need more understanding that just written notes, more reading than writing.