Students,we give away here certain tips for you to take a look at. We think in the present context the grades are important as you land in your first job and applying for the university you dream about attending.
Human beings are creatures of habit. Therefore, form a habit of doing what you reason you should do.
Other people who seem to have less difficulty with self-discipline probably have simply had more practice at it, thereby making it less difficult; because, practice is what it takes.
Manage your time.
No matter how you slice it, there are only 24 hours in a day. Good time-management requires:
- Note taking on more than you can handle.
- Reasonably estimating the time required to perform each of the tasks at hand.
- Actually doing what needs to be done.
Preparation for Exams.
- Roughly prioritize material as to its importance (primary, secondary, tertiary), and concentrate your studying on the most significant topics. Remember, the instructor only has a limited amount of time to test what you know and can do. Thus, keep in mind when preparing for an exam that the problems cannot be too complicated if they are to fit within the allotted time.
- Study in ways that are suited to you.
-Study with a group or alone based upon which is really best for you.
-Do your most strenuous and important work during those times of the day that you work best.
- Summarize or outline the course or text material in your own words. Writing a summary not only forces you to examine the subject matter in detail, but provides a compendium to review just prior to the exam.
- Play it safe: Memorize somewhat more than what the instructor says is required. Bring a calculator even if it’s not suggested. Etc.
- Study old exams if the instructor is known to give similar exams. But, don’t be fooled into thinking that since you were able to work through an old exam, it means you understand all the course material in general, and can perform in a test situation.
- Bring your own paper and a watch.
- Fighting exam anxiety: Convince yourself that all you can do is all you can do; but, don’t let that lead you to become complacent. Just be determined to be “on” for the duration of the exam. (Give yourself a pep-talk to this effect prior to each exam.)
Starting the exam:
- Read the instructions thoroughly and carefully.
- Skim over the entire exam prior to beginning work.
- Don’t necessarily do the problems in order. Instead, get those problems out of the way you feel confident you can do quickly and well. Observe how the problems are weighted, and direct your efforts to where you believe you can pick up points most easily. This does not necessarily mean attempting the most heavily weighted problem first; rather, it means first doing the problem for which you can accumulate points at the fastest rate. Indeed, there is a good chance that this is not the most heavily weighted problem, since many instructors dislike giving any one problem significantly greater or fewer points than the average, thereby under weighting the harder problems and overweighting the easier ones.
- Before writing on any given problem, think. A small investment in time at the beginning can save time overall (for you might thereby choose a more efficient method of solving the problem).
- Do precisely what is requested. In particular, don’t waste time doing things that will not receive credit. For example, unless explicitly required, do not rewrite the exam problems on your paper.
- Communicate with the grader. In particular, if you are running out of time, state the steps you would perform if you were to continue the problem.
- Show your work and make clear your reasoning in order to have a chance to receive partial credit.
- As with homework, and even more importantly, neatness counts.
- In courses on subjective material (e.g., humanities), just regurgitate the material from class and the text(s). Supplying you own opinions may sound good in theory, but it has the risk of running counter to the opinions of the instructor or grader. Conversely, restatements of the class/text material are easy for the grader to recognize as something deserving credit. Remember: Unless the exam is multiple-choice, then a human being—who typically wants to grade the many exams in front of him/her as quickly and painlessly as possible—is doing the grading.
- Always check over your answers if you have time
Overall, there is one basic trait that distinguishes successful students from those that are not:Successful students force themselves to understand.They do not merely go through the motions of attending class, reading the text(s), and doing the homework, expecting these actions to necessarily suffice. Rather, they are continually asking, “Do I really understand what’s going on here?