Exams are tough, and unfortunately everyone has to deal with them at some point in their lives. Whether you’re at school or university, or sitting psychometric tests for a job application, you’ll have to prepare for exams. Simply put, the key to exam success is revision and practice. Today, we’re going to look at how to achieve exam success.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the steps you should take in order to achieve exam success:
- 1. Find out what you need to know to pass the exam;
2. Make a timetable out of these topics/competencies;
3. Discover your learning style using our learning style quiz;
4. Find revision methods based on your learning style;
5. Work through each revision topic until you’ve finished them all;
6. Complete practice papers to find out where you need to improve;
7. Go back and cover areas you aren’t as strong on;
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you finish your exams.
How Can I Score Good Marks in Exam?
Before starting your revision, the first thing you should do is find out what you need to know for the exam. Get a list of topics or competencies that you need to learn before starting your revision and use it to make a timetable. Make a list of everything you need to learn, and then tick each off as you work through them.
After this, you need to figure out your learning style. These will indicate what kind of learner you are, and what revision methods will work best for you. Take a look at the following learning styles:
• Visual Learning – This involves using visual aids such as note-taking and creative mapping of information, to commit things to memory.
• Aural Learning – The use of videos, music or other recordings to allow information to sink in.
• Kinaesthetic Learning – Using activities which involve interaction, to remember key details (such as flashcards and revision games).
Different revision methods will work better for different people, so make sure that you find out what learning style suits yours. You can use the learning style quiz in the following video to find out what kind of learner you are!
How Are You Going to Achieve Your Goals?
Now that you know what you need to revise and what your learning style is, it’s time to think carefully about what your goals are and how you’re going to achieve them. It’s always best to aim high, even if you might end up disappointed if you don’t do so well. Aim to go the extra mile with your revision. Don’t just learn the bare minimum to pass – go a step further to secure the top grades.
The best way to achieve your goals when revising is to find and make use of effective revision techniques. From flashcards to mind maps, and from revision podcasts to discussing with a friend, find out what works for you and then stick with it. Use the early stages of your revision to get an idea of what methods suit you best.
If you need some revision method ideas, take a look at the following video. We’ll take you through some of the best and most popular revision methods for each of the three main learning styles:
Ultimately, strong revision methods are how to achieve exam success at any level, all the way from GCSE up to university entrance exams and job application psychometric tests.
How Can I Pass My Exams?
Once you have a revision timetable, and you’re working through your topics, you need to start considering practice papers as your next form of revision. If you’re studying for GCSE, A-Level, or university exams, you should be able to find practice and sample papers on exam board and university websites, respectively. If you’re studying for psychometric tests for a job application, this might be a bit trickier. How2become offer testing materials and online testing suites to get you on the right track to achieving exam success.
How to Achieve Exam Success – Conclusion
Now you know how to achieve exam success at any level. If you would like more tips on how to achieve exam success, you can check out the following two videos which cover 20 excellent tips and tricks for succeeding in exams. If you would like even more tips on how to improve your memory and how to achieve exam success, you can find it all and more in How to Study: Ace Your Grades.