Go to school, Get good grades, and make yourself and your parents proud. Some people will say this is a myth or a rhythm to put people at arm’s length of success. However, I personally believe it actually is worth it. I however want share these Tips for straight A’s with you.
Cambridge College (The Best Sixth Form College in Lagos, Nigeria offering career guidance and counselling to her students and the general public) offers this quality advice:
If you will look for a job in the future, then you must have a good grade. Employers still value grades. This is because, maintaining a good balance between your grades and social life sends a good message. It gives them an impression that you are a serious minded fellow. It presents you as one who is highly trainable, smart and up to the task.
Some questions that may be on the lips of success chasers may be;
- How can I get good grades?
- What steps can I take to make straight A’s?
- How can I gain study/work-life balance?
- What to do to read and remember what I have read?
- How can I overcome exam anxiety?
- In what ways can I overcome stress?
How can I get straight A’s in the Cambridge International Assessment/Examination?
We hope to answer these questions and many more in this article.
Get and stay organized
Ever heard the advice, plan your day before you start the day? Well, I will rather say; plan your day and night and outline them in order of executable priorities. This is because there are things that should be prioritized regardless of the importance of others.
Keeping your day organized somehow programs your mind into sporadic actions. Your body starts working like an execution machine jumping from one task to another. Sounds like a motivational speech right? Well, the truth is, this is right for those who have mastered the discipline to execute tasks. But for beginners in gaining and mastering discipline, you will most likely fail at getting tasks done. You will most likely create a to-do list of say 6 tasks only to get 2 or 1 done. Sometimes on a bad day, you may not achieve anything at all. Does that sound familiar? In this scenario what do you do? Stop trying to execute tasks? Hell no, let me give you a solution that will surely work.
The truth is your psychology isn’t probably used to achieving what you want to do from a to-do list. However, the more you do it, the better you become at it. Likewise, you become accustomed to getting yourself organized.
Use time wisely, create a study schedule
Allocating time to different tasks is very important. This is because you can spend so much time doing some random task that may not be worth your time. Creating a study schedule also helps you stay focused on your studies for a specified period.
Let me tell you a story. A certain time I picked a short novel to read. I decided not to do anything else until I was done with that book. I estimated that I could finish that book in at most 2 hrs and 30 mins. As I sat down to read, I ensured I did nothing else but study. No side talks, no distractions. And guess what? I finished the book in less than the time allotted for it. Reason because of the laser focus I maintained while going through the book.
Creating a study schedule helps you to keep deadlines for events, study, meetups, assignments. It is helpful for almost any other thing you want to do both in your school work and in life generally.
Make sure you keep notes of what was taught and what you read. Somehow the brain remembers better when it is made to put down what you have heard or seen. Learn to note things down while reading a book or listening to a lecture. Also, make sure your notes are clean and easy to understand. This is to avoid confusion when you revisit your notes in the future.
Do your assignment
Your teachers are supposed to be your guide to achieving great results in the Cambridge international examination or any other examination you look towards writing. You will give you assignment to test how well you understand the just-thought topic. These assignments may also be to test your collaboration skills with your mates in some cases. Doing your assignments may require you revisit your notes or the internet to further understand the topic. It may also require solving a few practice questions. And “practice”, they say, “makes perfect”. Doing your assignment not only give you a sense of achievement but also gives you room for practice.
Create exam scenarios
Cambridge International Assessment is timed. A lot of candidates complain about the lack of time to complete every question given to them on the assessment day. A way out of this huddle is to create assessment scenarios.
How do you do this? Take out a past question on a subject you must have covered, say Physics As and for the allotted time on the assessment sheet, keep all distractions aside and put yourself under an ideal examination environment and get to work. Make sure you don’t cheat or use more than the allotted time on the assessment sheet. When you are done, use the mark scheme to score yourself or rather give your answer booklet to a trusted person who wouldn’t make fun of you no matter your grade to mark your work for you. Now that you are done, look through your grades and the related scores gotten on each question and sort out your weaknesses and your strengths, nurture your strength and improve on your weaknesses so you are some more steps close to perfection.
Give yourself a pat on the back after a successful exam scenario
Give yourself a reward after you have accomplished your tasks for the day or for a certain time, that way you will feel better with a greater sense of accomplishment, say you buy yourself a gift for getting a certain grade in an exam scenario, whenever you look at the gift you bought yourself, you will feel and know that you made a good grade in an exam replica meaning you can do it again and again even on the real assessment day.
Have an accountability partner
The benefit of an accountability partner is for healthy competition or someone you can report to and say I am done with this task, assess how well I did. An accountability partner should be someone you trust, someone you know that can give you moral support without you being in fear of rude judgement. But be careful and wise in choosing one, as a wrong accountability partner can reduce your morale towards achieving your set goals.
Use the textbook
Cambridge International Assessment will be based on the curriculum and these curriculums are explained and taught in details in the recommended textbooks, the textbooks have a step by step approach to teaching you what you should know, and some practice questions from basic to past questions from the assessments of previous years. Remember not to leave any stone unturned because your exam will usually come from every topic in the subject you offer. So you need to know and understand everything in your textbooks.
Study, study, and study
There is no short cut to achieving academic success, your teachers have their roles, your institution has its roles, you have yours and you just have to do it, study! I have an illustration in to help you on how to study longer with more concentration. First of all, it doesn’t happen overnight.
Ever seen a person who consumes a lot of alcohol? The person didn’t start consuming so much alcohol on the first day. Just like studying, consuming alcohol takes time to increase ones alcohol threshold without getting drunk. On one’s first trial, about a bottle of alcohol will tip one off or even less, after that first trial, one may go again to take another glass of alcohol beverage and more and more and more. With time one begins to notice that one’s alcohol threshold before being tipsy begins to increase until one becomes an addict and almost hardly gets intoxicated by alcohol.
The same thing happens when one wants to study, at first just a few pages and you are off the hook, calm down and be patient with yourself, study again and again and again, with time you will notice that you now study for longer hours and assimilate more. Studying is an exercise for the brain, the more you study, the more your brain develops.
Be a good test-taker
Alongside your assignment, your teachers are supposed to test you at intervals to track your overall progress not just in a topic but in some topics that have been treated. Do well to look forward to these tests with excitement and put yourself under the same conditions you will be under when taking the Cambridge international assessment.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. This advice was given from the Christian Bible. The truth is more often than not, we become what we think. Thinking positively has a way of increasing our drive towards the good sides of life, by the way, if you go out looking for negativity, you will find it. Same thing goes for positivity, if you go out looking for positivity, you will find it. So why not start thinking positivity today?
Participate in class
Ever wondered why most children are not home schooled or not schooled completely through the internet? One of many reasons is because of physical collaborative effort and socialization amongst their peers. Participation in class increases friendship, healthy competition and effective collaboration amongst students. Participating in class has been found to improve the confidence of most students.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help
There is an ancient Igbo African Proverb that says, “One who asks for directions doesn’t miss one’s way”. Asking for help when you may need it is totally fine and should be done more often. It improves collaboration amongst colleagues and gives you the leverage of a colleague explaining what is for you and saving you time of racking your brain for a solution or an answer to what you are looking for.
Keep yourself motivated
Motivation is like taking your bath, you need to it every day. Stay motivated, stay happy and remember to be in love with what you do and how you do it.
Ever allotted some time to a particular studying and after sometime you remember you need to check on a friend on social media, or you need to check the trends of your favorite sports? These are actually distractions, one swipe into Facebook and you figure out that it took you thirty minutes to complete just one swipe, sounds familiar right? When you want to study, it is advisable you take out all distractions, if possible stay away from the internet for a while, I mean, it is filled with distracting Ads that can make you stray from what you are doing. It is advisable that if possible, keep all your internet related works for later and when you want to get on with it, use a check to-do list.
Take care of your health
Your health is a priority, if you are sick, it will be hard to assimilate anything you read, let alone be healthy enough to play your favorite sport, or do your assignment. Eat well and balanced. Remember to do some routine exercise as it helps keep your mind and your body in good shape.
Consider studying together with your fellow students
Studying together has a thing for sharing ideas and quick reviews to practical questions and scenarios that will help everyone in the study group understand better and faster. The truth is in the Cambridge A level exams, you aren’t competing with any of your classmates but rather you are competing with the world, so sharing ideas while studying together will rather do you more good.
Keep your working space organized
Trust me, nothing beats an organized work space. An organized workspace gives you a sense of being highly organized and ready for the day’s job. You should know where all your items are, ranging from your notes, your calculator, your pens and pencils and any other thing you will be needing. An organized workspace just gives that sense of ease while studying or working on anything at all.
Sleeping has a way of relaxing the brain cells and likewise the muscles of the body. Sleep is essential for healthy living, so don’t deny yourself adequate sleep. However, be careful not to oversleep, as excess of it can be time wasting. Excessive sleeping can deprive you of valuable time you should have used to make those straight A’s you desire.
Remember to hit the gym, run a mile or work out a bit. Exercise to sweat the pressure off your skin and get a breath of fresh air. Don’t forget, stay healthy.
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