Path To A* in (I)GCSE/ A-Level

Practise: “Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers.” ---Leonardo da Vinci

  • The more you practise, the more comfortable you are in the face of examinations. Taking past papers under exam conditions are essential: the more confident you feel in doing the papers, the better you will be able to perform. Reflection and feedback on the mock exams will let you know how you will grow academically.

  • Reading the reports written by the examiners will give you ideas on how you could improve your academic capabilities in handling the exams. Learn from both top and lower marks to know what to achieve and what to avoid.

Prepare: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

---Benjamin Franklin

  • Keep your notes organised throughout the year: you can revisit the materials according to your study schedule. You will need to review your schedule six weeks before the exams, and you will have a clear picture of what topics you should spend more time on.

  • Pay attention to your well-being: be healthy, do exercises regularly, and even have some plants surrounded your desk or house. Moving your body will stimulate your brain, and taking breaks will energize you and make you focus for long- hours studies.

Perform: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” ---Steve Prefontaine

  • Be focused. You will need to devote time to study to succeed in your exams. Time should be well-managed, especially during long holidays like the summer.

  • No pulling off an all-nighter: sleeping 2-3 hours the night before the exam will not get you anywhere. Sleep well and you can at least take some time to study the headings of unrevised topics which will get you from a “fail” to “pass”.

Interested in learning more about exam strategies and techniques, as well as good health and mental well-being? Please contact our in-house Education Consultant Dr. K Li Foster. You can find our Easter Revision programme here:

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