Most students adopt a failure strategy by choice.They disregard all suggestions about study and exam techniques and only start thinking about the task on hand just a few weeks or days to the exams.For the short period they have left they adopt the usual routine-either looking for ‘odu/expo’ or staying up late cramming a few intangibles and irrelevancies for the exam.They then catch a few hours of fitful sleep getting up at the last minute to rush to their schools or exam centers many times arriving with little or nothing in their heads.They then race through the question papers or become giraffes or camels with neck pains in the hall while trying to copy other students they regard as good or better.In the exam hall,it is usually a battle of hide and seek with non-conniving invigilators for the usual dose of expo.
What many students fail to understand is that the mountain they see in preparing for exams are actually mole hills.They forget that taking an exam is like putting up a show on a stage!To a stage performer the appropriate response is to get out on the stage and despite stomach butterflies let his or her fear mobilize a good performance.There is nothing wrong in being apprehensive about an exam cos grades to some extent get to determine his future path.The goal should therefore be to direct their energies towards exam-taking responses or a series of steps that can make them see exams as molehills or stepping stones.These steps as listed by CYRIL GBEME with a few modifications here and there made by EDUPEDIA shall be presented below under listed summarized steps
2.RELEVANT STEPS TO TAKE
step 1.Know the WAEC/NECO syllabuses
step 2.Get relevant textbooks and materials
step 3.Cover the given syllabus strategically
step 4.Read for understanding
step 5.If u find yourself in an emergency situation prepare an odu table from past questions and perm expected ones
step 6.Often u hear students say ‘i just need c6’. Avoid such low aims.
step 7.Use prayers,study and exam techniques to build up your confidence.lack of it leads to loss of the little u know
step 8.Expo has ruined the lives of many students and it may ruin yours too.nothing good in life comes easy.contact with an ‘expo’ carrying students a few hours before the exam can contaminate all your hours of prayers,study and exam techniques.shun such students cause u can pass without any expo!
step 9.Stop associating with students academically at par or below your level.seek to discuss studies and exams techniques with students who are academically sound.by the way the so-called students u regard as academically superior are only better than u at study and exam techniques.they are not necessarily smarter in life than you
Step 10.Plan two timetables…a personal study time table and an exam revision timetable
Step 11.Use past questions to revise
step 12 is a bit obvious and leads directly into the exam hall.Exams are tasking for both the body and the brain therefore get a good sleep the night before so that your brain can upload what u have revised and tucked away in a memory bank and thereafter download to your consciousness in the exam hall.So when u get to the exam hall what happens?.
Please read on in part two.