A young man walked into my office the other day with the intent to study abroad, but he had idled away his final year of high school and so could not meet the entrance requirements to study at an international university. If there is no pain, there is no gain. Getting good marks does require some effort. Here are some tips to get those high marks that will take you places:
1. Get sufficient rest, nourishment and exercise – getting proper rest, eating enough food and getting plenty of exercise will give you the energy you need to study.
2. Have a set time and place to study – if you have a set routine and a good place to study, then you will not forget to study or procrastinate. The study place should not be your bed; you will only fall asleep.
3. Plan a daily study schedule, don’t cram for exams – plan to study everyday. This will help your long-term memory and you will remember everything you need to for the exam. Cramming only lasts as long as the cram; the facts may not even remain in your head long enough to write the exam.
4. Take notes in class; don’t rely on your memory – take notes; most of us don’t have a photographic memory and we forget. You have many subjects and facts to remember so don’t rely on your memory.
5. Try to understand; don’t just memorise – to get good marks you need to understand your subjects, not just memorise them. If you memorise only, you will forget, but if you understand you will remember; perhaps even as long as a lifetime.
6. Study the questions at the end of the chapter – the summary and questions at the end of the chapter are there for a reason – to help you study. So make use of this important part of the chapter.
7. Review, review and review again – this is essential for good marks – review your text, your lecture notes; not just once or twice, but many times. Remake notes in your reviews, not just read and you will remember most of the information.