Some people thrive in academia and excel at taking exams. Personally, although I am not particularly bad at it, I hate it. I see people putting pressure on themselves, and even other people putting pressure on them. Whilst most people cope, some really do not, and it shows in their final results. In London, where 60% of the workforce consists of graduates, you can see why there is so much pressure for kids to do well on their exams. There is a good reason for the massive uptake of tutors in West London, where I live. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make studying for that exam that much easier.
Preparation Is Key
This is a good rule for life in general. Never put off your studying; you will keep putting it off, and then the night before, you will be in a panic – drinking energy drinks all night and not sleeping, which will show in your exam results. Instead, plan a revision routine a few weeks before your exam, and try to stick to it. Don’t sit for hours every night; make it small frequent chunks, and it will be easier than you expect. Reward yourself when you do so, and when you finally get to exam day, you will arrive confident in the knowledge that you have done as much as you possibly could. You will be surprised by how much more information you retain by doing this instead of cramming the night before.
Make Sure You Understand Your Subject
It is very rare for person to excel at every single subject that they study. There will be times and lessons where you just do not have a clue about what is going on. The key here is to let someone know so that they can help you with that. This could be a teacher, tutor, or parent. Sometimes, all it takes is a five-minute explanation, and you are on your way. At other times, a little bit of extra tutoring from school or via a private tutor can make all the difference. There are plenty of science, maths, and English tutors in West London. Do not suffer silently and risk failing that exam because you pretended that you were okay. It is perfectly acceptable to ask for help.
Look After Yourself
Exams are stressful. Nobody doubts that for a second, and if you talk to people who have already taken them, they will tell you stories about the quivering wrecks that they were the days leading up to their exams. If you feel bad about your exams, talk to someone about it. They might be able to help in some way. It is important that you eat properly, especially on the day of the exam, and get the appropriate amount of sleep. If you are up all night cramming and eating and drinking sugar, you will crash at some point in the day. That is not recommended and will show in your results. If you are having problems sleeping, tell your parents or a trusted teacher and get some advice.
Remember, just because you fail an exam, it is not the end of the world. You can resit them or adjust your career options accordingly. Plenty of people have done well in their lives who did not pass lots of exams, so, whilst it is good to be ambitious and push yourself, don’t punish yourself in the process.
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