Every student’s dream is to write exams and come out with flying colours. More so, ensuring that each student gets higher results is at the top of all Principals’ list. A recent article showed that 61% of the students who sat for SSCE WAEC in 2015 did not meet the required 5 credits, including Maths and English. Numbers like that remind school leaders of the task at hand and push them to devise strategies for boosting plummeting grades–strategies to get the School at the top when the SSCE WAEC results come out this year.
Though, we will not be talking about that in this post. Rather our focus is on sharing some basic tips that every Principal (and concerned staff member) can share with the students and encourage them to adapt on a regular basis. The goal is to curb exam anxiety and prepare their mind (and body) for the upcoming exams.
11 Simple Ways Your Students Can Prepare and Pass WASSCE
Scheduling time is very essential; making a list of how you want to spend each minute of your day will help you to be more productive.
Avoid anything unnecessary that causes fatigue which can lead to anxiety and interfere with timely and adequate preparations.
Create a group of same interest
Study groups are essential when it comes to studying as students can discuss with their peers after classes what they took away from thee lectures while learning and understanding faster.
Stay clear of distraction(s)
Avoid any distraction — be it friends, television set, mobile phones, noisy environment etc. If any of these doesn’t contribute to your success-target let it wait.
Constant reading habit
Make it part of your habit to read at least 2 hours everyday after school, understand what you are reading, take notes and make a summary of what you understand. Do this regularly and I guarantee that the exam-phobia will pick on it’s heels.
Now use your mobile phone or computer or whatever gadget you use to surf the internet; not for social media but for educational purposes. Visit websites like Khan Academy or Code.org to get more knowledge, rather than relying solely on what you’re being taught in class.
There is nothing that requires energy like reading and reading without eating is like seeing a figure in a fog but you don’t know who or what it is. You will definitely lose focus. That’s why breakfast is very vital, because going into the exam hall with little or no food in your system is sure to make you fail. Don’t skip at all!
Understand the marking scheme
Know the rules and regulations of exams, know what the examiner wants and the criteria they follow before passing a student so you can set your learning and studying goals accordingly.
Understand what the instructor wants
Be sure to know what the instructor is looking for–you are writing his exams so you need to have an idea how he/she wants answers his questions. Your instructor might be the type that likes straight forward answers without beating about the bush and if you do the opposite, you are sure to get lower mark than anticipated.
Writing clearly and transparently is very important, you wouldn’t want a situation whereby you think clearly but your writing says otherwise. Don’t be a complicated writer, don’t write heavy grammar, your examiner doesn’t have all the time to look into the dictionary to find the meaning of the words you used. Just be simple.
Always have the confidence that you can do it. All you need is to believe in yourself and do your best to stand out and come out with flying colours.
Need your students to prepare faster and better? Let them practice past questions from previous WAEC exams and increase their proficiency in each subject.