Passing Your Exam


  1. No matter what you think, teachers are not there to drive you mad or prevent you from getting an ‘A’. You should value their willingness to support and never underestimate a power of a good tip for your examination or coursework help. They are genuinely trying to improve your performance, so if you see your tutor pacing up and down nervously during the test, he is probably just as nervous as you are!
  2. If you have a teacher that doesn’t really care about the subject, remember that you are studying for yourself. It doesn’t mean that you have to slack off now that you know you are not being judged. On the contrary, one should get self-education. If you see there is no rational advice to be heard from your tutor, think of the ways you can be your own teacher.
  3. See the marking scheme. Ask your teacher to provide you with a marking scheme that explains how the grades are allocated. If markings come most from coursework or projects, performing brilliantly at the examination won’t save you. The same applies to homework if you are allocated highest scores at the test. Once you understand the marking system, you will be able to set priorities right and pay attention to what is really important instead of making a lot of unnecessary movement.
  4. Revision is a chore and a bore, that’s why we prefer to distance ourselves from it until the last minute. However, we advise you to start beforehand. Make revision a habit, dedicating two-thirds of the day to rereading material, and the other half to socializing. You will find that alternating between study and leisure results in better performance. Besides, you can apply different kinds of revision to the subject. Some prefer to immerse in one topic at a time, others divide their attention between themes.
  5. Focus on the subjects you know less. Of course, it is easier to revise the material that you know already. But think of the marking scheme. If you write three essays, two of which are brilliant, but the third one is not so much, you are going to lose half the points anyway. So, resist the temptation to revise the subjects you know best, and ask your teacher for an extra explanation of the unknown. If you do the most complicated task at once, you are more likely to get a better mark than by focusing on the familiar things. Set a routine that will allow you to learn something new each day, and don’t forget to use color coding whenever you are memorizing things. Rediscover bright pencils and paints, and you will be surprised at how our mind makes an immediate association. An association game is another good way of making our mind work quicker with each day.