How to Do Well in Your Exams

Three Parts:Having Good Study MethodsBefore the ExamOn the Day of the Exam

Ever noticed that you have a friend who doesn't have to study at all and can still score good results with flying colors? The secret to be that very person is to learn things differently. In another words, it is how you study that determines the ability to score well.

Part 1
Having Good Study Methods

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    Pay attention in class. Understand what is being taught in class. A lot of students refuse to pay attention in class because they think that when they get home, they can just flip through the pages in their textbook and that's all. However, the question is, if you can study on your own and don't need any assistance of a teacher, then why bother to even attend class? It's just a waste.
    • Listen to the teacher upfront.
    • Take down notes on what the teacher emphasizes.
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    Study smart, not hard. To achieve this, you must first have the knowledge of certain things; in other words, the first step is the very basic step to continue your pathway to studying smart. The following steps are the guidelines to studying smart.
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    Take good notes. Be attentive in class, and jot down whatever is important in your notebook. Writing a notebook of your own is one of the best ways to study, because you understand it best. Do not worry about how others can understand the material; only worry about understanding it yourself.
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    Spend at least half an hour to study a sub topic daily. Use this time to fully comprehend and understand the material. The biggest mistake students make is to only try to understand when exams are approaching. This is the failure that almost all students make.
    • The time you use to revise before the exam should not be the moment you try to understand and comprehend certain knowledge. Your revision moment should rightfully be the moment of merely recalling what you have known. That being said, revision should not last longer than 4 hours. It all depends, however, because sometimes we might have more topics to go through.
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    Try to relate the knowledge you have, and spread each fact into branches of ideas or concepts. This helps to improve your critical thinking skills.
    • Remember to always relate ideas and concepts, rather than focusing entirely on memorization. Memorization doesn't help when a certain question is twisted. To relate concepts and ideas, you need to find your own way of relating them together.
    • For instance, if you are studying osmosis, try to relate the concept in daily lives; use the pickling process, for example. You could then relate to hemolysis, cremation, hypertonic or hypotonic.
    • This method works best for all subjects, particularly Additional Mathematics.
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    Make sure you sum up everything you have learned after studying. Simply glance through any highlighted point you previously made. Then, try to relate everything you have just learned. Just picture the few main points in your brain.
    • For example, if you are studying the reactivity of elements in the periodic table, picture the main ideas. What happens when going down Group 1 and what happens when going down Group 17 and 18? How does it happen? Why it happens? Why is it the reactivity increases or decreases?
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    Take breaks. Use at least 2 minutes for each break, for every 20 to 30 minutes of studying. During this break, you can have something to drink, or even simply glance through your window and see what's going on outside. However, remember to get back to work once you have rested!
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    Try to close your book and read to yourself what you have just learned. This helps you to rethink ways to recall back what you have just read. It is proven that reading doesn't impact much in storing things into your memory. Try to teach yourself whatever you know, as if you were the teacher; it is one of the best ways to learn.
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    Practice. We all know the adage, practice makes perfect, so apply it now. Practice with the knowledge that you have, so that you know how to use and apply the knowledge. This plays the most important role in improving on additional mathematics and other science-related topics.

Part 2
Before the Exam

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    Study earlier. Set up a revision timetable up to days, weeks or even months before the exam. The amount of revision time needed will depend on how big the exam or test is. You should revise the main topics for at least 20 minutes a day the week before the exam. Don't study at the last minute!
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    Eat and sleep well. If you are too tired then you will forget everything you studied and if you don't eat well your brain will not operate smoothly.
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    Do not cram right before a test. Instead, say the formulas in your mind or the properties and its names instead of just reading the textbook all over again.
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    Don't get stressed out about the exam.
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    Take a few breaks after studying. Don't try to be Superwoman or Superman and try to cram everything in your head.Take a break after about 1 or 2 hours.
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    Do not listen to others that tell you that you can't do it. Remember this quote from Nikki Bella: "I am fearless and therefore I do what I do".

Part 3
On the Day of the Exam

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    Get plenty of rest the night before. Try to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep.
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    Have a healthy breakfast.
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    Don't be worried. Take deep breaths and don't get distracted with other stuff.
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    Answer all the questions even though you don't know some.
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    If doing multiple choice, cross out the useless and weird answers. Focus on the possible and reasonable answers.
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    After the exam, avoid talking about it.
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    Keep calm, and hope (or pray) that your results will be great.
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    Look at the questions and understand the ones that you have made a mistake on once you receive the paper.


  • Being active (running, biking, etc.) before you start studying may help you concentrate and think about the problem more carefully.
  • Re-write some of your vital notes out in bullet points.It's easier to remember rather than reading a big paragraph.
  • Take it easy and study one main chapter properly instead of hurrying yourself to study every chapter.
  • Take a power nap if you are sleepy. Studying when you are half awake makes you unable to absorb what you are learning, and can be it a waste of time. Therefore, take a power nap for 20 minutes, and get back to work as soon as you wake up. Don't over rest, as it will sometimes make you even more sleepy instead of waking you up.
  • Learn a new language. When you are free, you can even go online and learn new words. Write down the new words, and try to use them as frequently as you can. For example, try a technique of picking up two new words per day; it is a quick exercise, and will benefit your knowledge.


  • Do not get into any fights or arguments with anyone. It will take a heavy toll on you and that might affect your studies.
  • Don't be disappointed if your results are not good. Try harder in future exams, learning from the mistakes of this one.

  • Don't let social media distract you.

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