5 Easy Ways to Boost A-Level Exam Performance

March 8, 2018


1. Develop a plan

Most students don't plan for exams - they just study as much as possible and "hope for the best". This is not a wise approach as you wouldn't start building a bridge without the blueprints. Instead, develop an outline and try to stick to it throughout. 


Study plans can involve the following: 

- When will you start studying? 

- How many hours per week will you dedicate to which subject/topic?

- What topics do you need further clarifications on?

- How many past year exam papers will you cover? 


As the saying goes, "Failing to plan is planning to fail", so make sure you come up with something you can actually stick to!


2. Get on a sleep schedule at least one week before the exam

Most A-Level or JC papers are scheduled for the morning, and most students don't feel very "awake" and may even oversleep from the long hours of studying. Start sleeping at an earlier time at least one week before your exam so that your body has time to adjust and is in an optimal state. Sleep is also vital to improving memory and mental focus so make sure to get adequate rest! 


3. Don't do any last minute studying right before the exam

In the last 10 minutes before your JC exam, anything you try to cram in to your mind probably will be forgotten during the paper. This will probably do more harm than good as when you frantically try to remember something, you become more stressed and anxious.  

Instead, relax and calm yourself by taking deep breaths.


4. Turn your focus towards the process and away from the outcome 

Don't keep thinking about aceing the JC exam or whether or not you'll do well in the paper, but rather focus on staying calm during the paper and analyse each question carefully, instead of panicking when you cannot obtain an answer. 


5. Make use of exam taking techniques 

This need not refer to specialised concepts but rather basic techniques such as familiarising yourself with the structure of the exam such as the sections, question types, etc. Others also include using a stopwatch to keep time, looking at the whole paper before starting on the first question and knowing how much time to allocate to each section.


Adapted from https://personalexcellence.co/blog/exam/


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