How To Pass Any Exam -Top Seven Proven Strategies


Being a student comes with a lot of challenges, ranging from attending your lectures, trying to be of good behaviour and most dreaded of all, writing examinations.

If you have been asking questions like how can I pass exams easily,how can I pass WAEC or how can I pass NECO or how can I pass BECE or maybe some other exams.

Or if you hate mathematics, and you are wondering how can I pass mathematics or how can I learn Mathematics easily, then this article is for you.

On the other hand if you are looking for how to pass exams without studying, unfortunately this article doesn't reflect any such ideas.

This article is aimed rather at helping students seeking for how to read and pass any exam, how to pass exams with top grades, how to read and pass any exam and how to pass exams with flying colours.

Below are

Top 7 guides to passing any examination

which various First-Class graduates had confessed is amongst their secrets.

1. Study Ahead Of Time

For an average student, if the available time to prepare for an examination is 100 hours, 80 is wasted on frivolities. Because very often, we tend to misconceive the concept of time and actually think that "we have time".

Not just students this time, but people generally. The truth is, you dont have time because you actually can't, rather, time has you. Whenever you feel like you are wasting time, it's not really time that's wasting, rather it's you.

You can't waste something that's infinite. Time had always been there before us and would still be there after us. The ability to make judicious use of time had made many great men, and the inability has marred a lot as well.

Give me 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend 4 sharpening the axe.

-Abraham Lincoln.

Making good grades involves a lot of studying, revision and testing of knowledge by setting cutom questions for yourself amongst others. Therefore, it's only studying ahead of time that would give you ample time for all these.

2. Form Study Groups

Do you know that you retain about half of all the information you discuss with your friends? Yeah, this is so, because according to the forgetting-curve theorem, humans retain about 50% of what they SEE and HEAR, compared to 10% of what they only READ.

Surround yourselves with like-minds that would also like to make good grades. After each study session, ask and answer yourselves different questions and most importantly, discuss at length what you've studied.

Be humble and willing enough to learn from your friends, because you learn more when your age mate is the teacher than when it's actually a teacher.

Wisest is she who knows she does not know


This technique alone has a 60% probability of boosting your academic performance. But then, maybe you're preparing for an exam, like a scholarship examination or some other related exams that most of your friends won't take with you, method #3 can also be valuable to you.

3. Teach What You've Studied

Have you ever wondered why most people good at maths in your class, never stop trying to teach what they know? This is because of the 'long-term retention benefits of teaching'.

You retain 90% of what you teach! How can you be a teacher when you all are just trying to learn? Well, reading ahead of time as stated in #1, attending the lecture, thereby coming across such topics again, and also revising such topics after lectures, you've succeeded in making a reasonable impression of the topic to your brain, maybe unknown to you.
Repetition is the key to retention.

As you already have a bit of an edge over quite a number of people in your class, you are now in a better position to help those who find some things difficult.

If you have no one to teach, you can get a white board at an affordable price or even your note book, and visualize teaching someone, preferably in your own privacy. By doing so, you gain more insight into what you're learning, and your overall improvement would be really remarkable.

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4. Have a mentor

A mentor is a very good motivation builder. Someone you look up to when you feel like giving up and the strength boosts up once again. Get yourself someone who can go to for advice, from whom you can seek directions, so as not to get tired or discouraged.

The absence of a mentor, is the presence of tormentors.

Your study mentor, most advisably should be a senior colleague in the field of your study. Ask them how they scaled through, what they did and what they avoided. While learning from them, try not to re-live their lives exactly, everyone has his/her own life to live.

So, it's better to pick up just the lessons and apply to our own life in order to attain fruitful results.

The surest route on the journey to success is the path followed by those who have successfully gone before you.

5. Attend The Lectures

This is as important as actually reading your books. Even though, of recent, most lecturers don't actually give adequate lectures, thereby making students prefer studying on their own to attending the lectures.

But, do note that it's the lecturer that would set the exams nevertheless, and they tend to give a hint of likely questions in their lectures, sometimes unknowingly and a few ones grab such and make judicious use of it.

Besides, the forgetting curve affirms that we retain 50% of what we see and hear, adding writing(jotting down lectures) to this amount, we should retain more than 65% of what we learnt from a lecture we participated actively in.

Note that jotting down in a lecture hall is more advisable as opposed to typing, because when you write, two parts of your brain are activated, the one involved in movement(movement of your wrist while writing) and the one involved in thinking, thereby making retention quite effective.

So, no matter how much you hate a lecturer or his/her lectures, try as much as you can to still attend his/her classes, for some good grades.

image showing how effectively we retain what we learn

6. Study The Course You Are Passionate About

one of the reasons why most students don't perform well in examinations is that they are not studying a course they love. Because they don't want to disappoint their parents or maybe their clique. They now force themselves to adapt all to no avail.

When you are constantly thinking of others and what they must be feeling or expecting, you wind up in this perpetual state of trying to please them. You see yourself through their eyes and you loose sight of who you are.

-Michael Soll(Scorched).

To be honest, no matter how much you try, if you are not studying a course you're comfortable with, your overall progress would be very minimal. First thing to do is to address the issue, step out of the clique if it's a clique holding you back, and stand out, because that's what you're born to do, not fitting in.

If it's your parents, discuss with them and let them see reasons with you. You might never really be able to improve on your grades till you are at least a little bit interested in what you are studying.

7. Be Confident

Believing in yourself is one of the most important qualities, if not the most important quality to possess in order to pass an examination successfully.

If you're going for an examination, thinking "I'll prolly fail this time again", or "who knows how bad my grades 'gon be this time", it will be better not to go for the examination till you can at least bring yourself to believe that you can actually do well in the exam.

Because, without having the least requirement of believing it's possible you can pass, your probability of not doing well is doubled.

Change your thoughts and change the world.

-Norman vincent Peale.

But then, just like with everything done in excess, over-confidence could actually be a problem. You might overlook a lot of minute details and may end up making a big mistake in the end, which might affect your reults.

For example, no matter how sure you are that a lecturer wouldn't set a particular topic, it's safe practice to at least skim through such topics, so far as it's in the scheme of work for the semester/term.

This factor of over-confidence alone has made many students who were supposed to graduate with first classs to graduate with second class upper.

Do not neglect any question or any mark. If 90 is within your reach, grab them all, do not settle for 80 or less than that, in order to appear cool or to dim your light a little bit so others would be more comfortable. You might never really know the value of 0.01 point till you graduate with a GP of 4.49 instead of 4.5 and above that would have made you a first class graduate.

Being confident also entails believing you can do it yourself, and not through cheating or some dubious means.

But with the guides listed above in this article, you wouldn't have anything to worry about once you follow it as you should. Preparedness is itself a confidence booster. So, instead of whiling away several number of hours thinking that 'you have time', you can actually put that much time into preparations, and be sure to smile in the hall.

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