HOW TO PASS AN EXAMINATION

HOW TO PASS AN EXAMINATION

I have had some chat with students who find it hard to pass their examination and I asked them a simple question; when did you start reading for your examination? And boy you get some very funny answers like one – two weeks before the examination, some will say when the examination timetable comes out is when I start reading for examination, then I tell them that’s the reason you usually fail.
Let me give you a confession; I was a lower average student in secondary school; my grade in the average is like am always close to failing but when I got into higher institution my grades qualified me to one of the best in my class. How did this happen I planned and started preparing for examination from day one we resumed school which was my first step in making it work out for me and this is my simple plan.
First, we said to have a plan; which means you must plan your daily itinerary and be disciplined to stick to it. I had a simple one that helped me, which was after lectures I should have done all the visiting and be back to my room to take a nap and prepare dinner, wake up by 5:30 pm to play basketball and be back past 7 pm, then I rest and eat and leave to read by 8:30 and close the reading by to sleep. That was very simple yeah but am sure most will say you can’t do that all the time and be perfect I agree but I ensured I my time was well covered one way or the other.
Secondly, I had a plan for my studying and it was an amazing strategy that helped me; did not need any reading timetable but all I needed was to study what I was taught for the day.  Then I developed a studying habit which was; I read the earlier topic and study the new one.  For example I was taught chapter 1 today, I study it with the key points I wrote down during the lecture, then the next week I was taught chapter 2, so I read chapter 1 and then study chapter 2, and when I was taught chapter 3; I will read chapters 1 & 2 and then study chapter 3 and I continue like that. This helped me a lot not to rush my reading during the examination period because I already know it so well that am relaxed preparing for exams.
Now I have to emphasize on the process of my reading; I ensured that I have to read where I am motivated to keep reading, so did all my possible best never to read in my room because I got easily distracted by my bed and arranging something in my room. So I did go to the library and a classroom to read. Also, I had to look for a process to enjoy my reading, so I got a music player connected the earpiece to my ear and the rest they say is history.  I found peace reading with music playing in the background and it helps me remove distraction around me.
Ask and Teach; I always make sure to ask someone or consult friends when am stuck and that helped me a lot then going through the long process of reading several books to find my solution because a friend had done it for me and he simplified it, so also is teaching people what you have read, this helps a lot more than you can imagine. I got exposed to new things when am teaching people because when am trying to simplify what am teaching my brain is trying to process it to a simpler way of getting the information across to the people so they can understand it better and when they ask you a question to explain something they do not understand I have to take it lower to their level for them to get it and if they don’t still get it, I will go further down again. I realized I was not just teaching them but I was teaching myself more and it opened me to new ways of understanding what I read because I was trying to get it across to someone else.
Finally, be disciplined in ensuring you follow your plans and never allow success take over you because you had good grades do not give you the chance to relax, the race ends when you graduate.
Thank you for reading but I have to clarify that some of my flow might not work for everybody but am so sure it will work for 99% of people and I had fun in school so don’t misunderstand my itinerary, I was wise to make that work so you should.

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