News Jan 29th 2016

How To Get Higher Marks In Exams (Part 1)

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Even if you do not want top marks on your essay, you still want a “comfortable” pass, otherwise you have wasted your time that you could have been using to work or build another skill. If you are reading this the night before your exam, then it may not be much help. These are tips that you will need to start weeks and months in advance of your exam.

Method 1 of 4: Absorbing Knowledge Efficiently

Sadly, the first tip is the most obvious and common sense tip, and that is that you should pay attention in your classes. You are there to learn, which means that the time you wasted in class will count against you when you are taking your exams. Even if your teacher is terrible, you will get more from paying attention than letting your mind wander.

Take very good notes so that when the time comes to revise you are better able to understand what you have written and how it applies to your studies. In addition, you have to remember that your notes help you keep the information in your mind. If you do not take good notes, you may have trouble recalling the information.

Complete your homework assignments as best as you can. Sure, a lot of it is busy work that is set to keep you busy, but unless you are going to spend your evenings going through your textbooks, you are probably better off doing your homework. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

Set study-at-home schedules. It takes a fair amount of fortitude and discipline to see it through, but purposefully studying at home will definitely help you get into a routine, which has the side effect of helping you keep the information in your mind.

Do as many practice tests as you can. Your teacher may be able to hand them out and/or provide you with them, but even if he or she cannot, there are plenty of websites where you can download tests for free. Check out the examining bodies because they often print the tests they gave in previous years.

Method 2 of 4: Studying Like a Pro

Make a point of studying frequently. Again, it may seem like common sense advice, but then what were you expecting? The people that study frequently are the ones that do better in exams. Study old and new material and consider re-writing your notes into something resembling a blog post.
+ Remember to take study breaks because you will become more and more ineffective as time goes on, and a study break may help bring you back on form. Set a study and break schedule that suits the way your mind and attention span works.
+ Do something void of stimulus during your study breaks. For example, some people listen to music, and others lie down and close their eyes for around ten minutes. They actually find that doing this also keeps them motivated enough to re-continue when they are due to finish a study break.

Study in a way that suits your learning style. Different people have different ways of learning, so figure out which is the best for you and find methods that work for your learning style. The most commonly accepted theory is that there are three learning styles, which are kinesthetic, visual and auditory. People learn via all three methods, but the theory is that some people are stronger in one than all the others. Figure out which you are strong in, and find learning techniques that suit your strength.

Do not listen to music. Despite initial studies showing that it wakes up people's brains so they may concentrate more, there is no evidence it has any effect on exam scores. If that is the case, then all you are left with is common sense, and common sense suggests that before your exams you should be cognizant of your subject matter and in the subject zone, and that you shouldn't be listening to Justin Bieber squawk about his baby.

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