“Eh, how? Major exam around the corner, what are you going to do?”
“Mug lor. Hope for the best”
I hear this response from students too many times. Of course, this may be a trait of us Singaporeans to be efficient with our response and not waste time delving into the details for such a simple question. Perhaps, this is one way to answer a question quickly without wasting too much breath. I sincerely hope it is just to save breath, rather than save proper thought and planning.
For those who already have a solid plan heading to their major exams, you probably wouldn’t be on the internet reading this. Good for you! Carry on, although you would already whether or not I said it..
Those who don’t quite yet have a solid plan, here are some tips from a tutor who has journeyed with batches upon batches of students preparing for their exams and finally getting their grades.
- Prioritize learning
Do not underestimate the mind’s ability to trick itself into thinking it is being productive. Spending hours dedicated to studying? Making notes after notes on your topics, and then re-reading them? Do not be fooled, studies show that doing these do not necessarily improve your grades much. I too have seen students who do this religiously, and yet score mediocre results for their exams. Just because many students do “mugging,” does not mean it is effective to helping you score. The key is PRACTICE.
Start practicing past year papers, stop re-reading your notes.
- Do proper training
Practice papers under timed condition, and get immediate feedback upon completion. (ie. mark the papers and do an analysis of your performance, this is vital for you to “know what you don’t know”)
It may seem like a chore, but it is worth it. The alternative is to make a mistake you are unaware of, and worst, have practiced until that mistake becomes a habit. How would you know where to improve? I cannot stress the importance of immediate feedback.
- Sleep. Early.
You have to acclimatize yourself for morning papers, if you have any. Odds are, you do. Make ample time before the actual day to train your mind to be able to PERFORM in an otherwise “ungodly hour.” Think of it as an edge over your peers who heck their sleep cycle and even burn midnight oil they day before their paper.
Refer below for your exam schedule:
A levels 2019 (timetable/ schedule) : https://www.seab.gov.sg/docs/default-source/national-examinations/gce-a-level/2019-gce-a-level-timetable_internet_with-bmat.pdf
O levels 2019 (timetable/ schedule) : https://www.seab.gov.sg/docs/default-source/examination-timetable/2019gceoexamtimetable_09042019904a8759b0c1424c96287f07c451b768.pdf
If you fear not being able to accomplish these steps, consider getting a tutor.
I wish you all the best this final lap, and believe you can surpass your previous performances if you put your mind to it. All the best, random student of the internet, you can do it.