Examination success is neither a myth nor an act of luck, but one that is predictable. We live in a society of instant gratification and examination malpractice but unfortunately nothing worthwhile is built instantly but over the process of time and hard work. As there are principles for every area of human endeavor there are also principles of examination success.
Following the outlined steps would inevitably lead to a resounding success in any examination; frankly speaking any dummy can follow these principles, succeed and secure a better future in any field of endeavor. Testimonies of notable persons that started out as dummies affirm this fact. Albert Einstein was said to be a dummy when he was much younger but he worked his way to the top of the class and eventually became one of the greatest scientist of all time.
You too can be the best or even beat the best if you follow these principles
1 Believe in yourself:
Self belief is the bedrock of all success in life, no matter how impossible the task seems if only one can believe in one's self and put yourself to the task, whatsoever is desired will be achieved. Prominent example is Adolf Hitler. He believed he could rule the world, he believed the Germans are superior to every other race and tribe and he sold the idea to every German that cared to listen, it soon became a propaganda all over Germany with billboards everywhere proclaiming the superiority of the Germans and Adolf Hitler's dream of conquering the work. Because the Germans believed in this agenda, they put themselves to it. If not the Russians and the Americans intervention the whole world would have been under German authority. This is on a larger scale as it involves the whole world. If you don't believe in yourself how can you get your desired grades. If you can believe in yourself you can attain it.
2. Have a target of your expected result.
What's the use of shooting without a target. That's a waste of bullet and effort. Same is it with academic excellence. Having a target would serve as a form of motivation to put in commensurate effort. You can't be a deserving first class without a first class effort
3. Learn how your brain works.
Your brain is key to exam success, many people don't understand brain dynamics; for instance assimilation is at it's peak after the brain has rested. Reading in the early hours of the morning or after a short nap increases brain assimilation. In the alternative, leaning how to quiet psychological noise which sleep is a key factor improves retention. To be able to clear your mind sit still or lie down remain calm and tell yourself "be calm" repeat it once and again till your wandering thoughts are still. When calmness is achieved maybe 20 to 30 minutes, you can start reading. What's the use of reading when understanding is not achieved.
4. Make a study plan.
Have a schedule a time table of what to read at whatever time. Plan your studies and play. Regiment your subjects and timing. So you can give appropriate attention to whatever course or subject.
5. Read with a syllabus where it's available.
This is a secret that many students don't know about especially students preparing to write SSCE or O level examination. The examination bodies restrict their questions to the dictates of the syllabus. If you go through the syllabus, it's specific enough for you to guide your reading and also areas where you need to focus. When I was to write SSCE I simply picked up the syllabus and with laser focus read the areas of concentration specified by the syllabus and came out with flying colors. So read with a syllabus as a guide and attain your desired results.
6. Start preparation on time.
Start reading for your exams early enough to avoid a firebrigade approach. Early preparation ensures that you read to know and not just for the examination. Remember as the popular adage says , ' Rome was not built in a day'.
7. Take notes while reading.
They say that repetition breeds lasting impression, read with a paper and pen besides you to take notes as you read and before you conclude reading for that particular session go through the notes you took, next time you want to revise, go through the earlier notes in your previous reading on that particular subject or course. You'll find out that as you continue this process you strengthen your memory muscle, and you find it easier to remember what you read before.
8. Learn to create acronyms and mind maps.
Mind maps enhance remembrance. To create a mind map, get a plain sheet of paper, transform the words to easily memorized symbols, pictures, patterns or abbreviations. When you successfully finish the mind map, it would be a highly organised representation of the way your brain works.
Acronyms are alphabetical representation of either a sentence or process, prominent examples WHO for World Health Organization, ILO for International Labor Organization, another example we can derive is the colors of the rainbow which are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, making ROYGBIV and many more like that. You can make peculiar words from the first letters or the second letter, there's no hard and fast rule, you can define your own rules and invent others for yourself it's all up to you.
9. Learn to manage stress.
Stress is inevitable in our journey to academic excellence, so how do we manage stress? I'll give just a few tips on how to manage stress and stressful situations: always expect the best remain positive, learn to rest, when you're tired don't pressure yourself to still perform, if you feel you still need to work, lie down on your back and let your legs be on a chair remain in that position for 30minutes if possible, by the time you get up, you'll be refreshed to continue a little longer.
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