We come across hundreds of students and trust me, Each one aspires to score the best in exams. There is every second average question to know how a topper is able to excel in almost all the subjects. Students sometimes fail to realize it is not only Hard work that is required to ace their exams with the best scores but also Smart work.
Today we are going to answer a very common question that is asked by all the students, “ What are the tips and tricks to score good marks in exams?”
Undoubtedly this is one of the most asked questions. The right strategy and tips can help you get over the exam fear and clear the exams.
And I have made sure to not compare any child and classify them as “ Toppers” or “ Failures”. Because this is not how things work. Moving straight to the point, Let me give you a brief on how you can start your preparation to rise with flying colours. By the end of this article : You will find a bonus tip that will help you in acing your exams.
The first tip has to be “ Planning “
To explain what “ Planning’’ is – “ It is the process of thinking about the activities required to achieve desired goals. Whether in business or our daily life, it is the first step to before implementation.
Some questions that you need to ask yourself before planning is –
- Why am I doing this?
You need to have a solid reason as to why you want to achieve good marks. Students often make promises on scoring good marks, and start to search for motivation on the internet. But deep down the heart, we all know that this won’t help us for a long time. So, instead of making such promises, have a plan.
- When should I do it?
“ I will start studying from tomorrow as half the day is already gone.” or “ I cannot study at night, will start tomorrow morning.”
This is one of the most common excuses that students give themselves. “ Tomorrow shall never come”, is what I have realized. Whenever you make such excuses, Ask yourself – Is your excuse worth enough to give up your goals?’’ Or is it helping you in any way?
And then you will find your anwer.
- How should I do it ?
Planning is quite easier than implementing those plans. Have a realistic plan of action. Something that is actually possible for you to do. Know yourself – whether you are an early bird or a late night owl. It is not necessary to wake up at 3am and start studying. Analyze your potential. You should have “ Productive hours” and not lengthy hours.
All you need to know about is “ Your Potential “.
Make a short term goal and do not plan things for a week or a month. Plan your study a night before you sleep. This will help you achieve better results.
Make revisions at regular intervals – Revision cycle
We have a forgetting curve which shows that 50% of the things that we have memorized are forgotten within an hour. So to retain it in your long term memory – Practice or revise it consistently. Each topic should be revised at least thrice. Divide your day into two ratios where one part of it goes for revision.
The gap between Learning a new topic and revising it should not be more than a day.
The intervals of time for making revisions should be –
1st revision – 15minutes after learning a new topic.
2nd revision – On the next day before you start a fresh topic.
3rd revision – On the seventh day/month end
Now this interval varies from child to child. It can be flexible or as per the child’s ability to retain things. Highlight the key points or making short notes at the first slot of revision will make the other intervals of revision less time consuming and effective.
Learning at the last moment of the exams may help you clear the exams but not score good marks. During the exams you must only focus on revising things that you’ve already learnt.
3. Mentor is important ?
Each child needs a mentor in their life who becomes a career counsellor and helps students work through day – to – day struggles. It could be your Parent or a home tutor. Someone gives you valuable advice & helps you enhance your knowledge and skills.
It is important that before actually sitting for your main exams – your progress is checked by someone who is expert in that subject. The tips and tricks given by the person can turn out to be a game changer tip.
Hard work and consistency pay off. A long break in your studies can hamper the flow and minimise chances of good results. If you want to stand the best – you need to work the best. Being consistent in – Learning and covering all the topics, making notes, giving tests and analyzing mistakes and revision can do wonders in your performance.
All humans have that tendency to focus more on the results other than the process. But the journey is important. Afterall results are outcome of the process
Now as promised at the beginning of the article – let me finally reveal the bonus tip.
Why to memorise topics ?
Most of the students find it difficult to do rote learning or memorizing topics, formulas and theories.May it be History, Maths or Science – A conceptual understanding is important. Apart from this – if you want to do rote learning – Use all your senses.
Understand that – If you are good at speaking on a topic, You will be better at writing at that topic.
When you learn something – Speak it out loud and read it. Repeat it twice and thrice. In this way you will use all your senses.And in this way your brain will easily take things.
All these tips are very practical. But it has to be personalized because as I say – Learning habits of each child is different.