Here Comes your Greatest Challenge !
2017 A/L TIME TABLE Download Now with Study Tips
It doesn’t matter how talented you are if you don’t work hard enough. The department of Education has released GCE Advanced Level 2017 Examinations time table and now its the time for you to let everyone know that hard work can beat the talent when talent doesnt work really hard ! examination will start on 8 August 2017 and end on 2 September 2017 and click the below link to download the time table.
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But are you really ready for next few weeks ?
We have some amazing tips for you to get over with your stress and survive with your mindstatesfor the next few weeks from the person who placed island 13th from A/L Mathematics stream, Kanchana Ranasinghe
Its time to revise your entire syllabus and invest it to your future !
You Can’t Cover an Entire Syllabus in few weeks! This is time to revise.
Figure Out Where You Stand
- You will need to first get an outline of the syllabus of all three subjects, and figure out the parts you’re thorough with, parts you have an “okay” knowledge, and parts you don’t know at all.
- Based on where you stand, you need to decide the most realistic target: how well can you score at the examination.
- If half the syllabus falls to the “parts you don’t know” category, getting three A’s isn’t too realistic. Set a realistic target, so you can actually believe it is possible to achieve.
- Confidence is important: don’t give up thinking you know nothing. There are definitely things you do know. Also, you don’t need to know everything to get 3As.
If there are entire lessons you don’t know at all in the syllabus yet, you need to give up those. There simply isn’t enough time.
- You will be able to get a rough idea of essential parts in these lessons through MCQs. But sometimes, even some MCQs you’ll need to just need to give up.
The Parts you’re Thorough with
- Focus on targeted questions for these parts. Answer many essay/structured type questions that test advanced understanding of these areas.
- You need sure questions in your paper, to start off with. Building confidence and ability in these sections, gives you a question to confidently begin your paper. Answering the first question well often gives a boost that affects the entire paper.
- Do not ignore the parts you already know! You need to revise them more, and perfect those areas.
- You need to make sure you understand and can also apply what you understand when answering questions.
The “Okay” Parts
- Get thorough in these. A good technique is to do essay type questions by referring to the books/notes when you’re not sure. Write your answers then after referring, by memory.
- Use short notes and MCQ discussions/ past paper reviews to work on these areas.
Devote the first week for two things: more confidence with the good parts, and make the average parts good parts.
- MCQs play a big part in the final examination paper. They’re also a great way to prepare for the examination.
- Spending most time on MCQs will test your knowledge and applications to a greater depth.
- Do the MCQs of all the recent (past 10 years) past papers, and also model papers if possible.
- Remember to time and do your MCQs.
- Also, correct your MCQs by yourself. Also use a reliable answer script. Do remember there can be faults in model papers and model answer scripts. For past papers, always find the official answer scripts.
- Figure out why you got some wrong and made mistakes. Correcting them by yourself can also teach you quite a lot, and improve your understanding.
- Also, there are good MCQ review books (vivarana). These give not just the answer, but also how you arrive at the answer, the necessary reasoning and logic, and also the required background knowledge.
- Doing MCQs is the best way to revise the entire syllabus.
Structured and Essay (Long Answers)
- If you’re answering your MCQs well, these shouldn’t be a challenge.
- At this point, more than random questions, do papers directly. Time yourself, select the questions you hope to answer, and the order to answer as well.
- You need to imagine yourself in that exam environment, and write the paper thinking it is the real examination.
Correcting Long Answers
- It’s a good idea to find a detailed answer script and correct these by yourself. You will then realize how exactly you should answer, the mistakes you make, and your weaknesses.
- Imagine yourself as a real examiner when marking. This gives you an idea of what an examiner expects you to write when they mark your answer script.
- If possible, find a teacher who will mark your papers for you, and sit by you and explain your problems. Doing this for a few papers gives you a better understanding on how to answer. Make sure the teacher is a school teacher who goes for paper marking.
Answering the Paper
- Take time to read instructions, and the entire paper well.
- Selecting the questions to answer: this is important. There will be easier, shorter questions. Find those out.
- Order: Answer ones you’re thorough with first.
- If you get stuck, leave it and move on. Time management is essential.
- Leave time to go through everything, after you finish.
- Do all these when you’re answering past papers.
- You need to answer sufficient past papers (with proper timing and all above) to gain a confidence in yourself.
- Also, you need to build up your confidence while answering the questions.
- When you get stuck, figure out how to keep that confidence, and not let yourself fall down in despair.
Thus, being confident and not giving up is essential. Also during this time period, avoid time wasters. Time wasters include playing games on your phone, watching movies, spending unnecessary time on social media. Reading up things necessary for the exam online, can be an exception. Focus on the studying.
However, also take time to relax. Working out, jogging a bit, playing a musical instrument (if you do play), or similar things are good. You should not stress yourself out too much during this period. It is counterproductive to your efficiency and memory. Also getting sufficient sleep is important. Sufficient sleep depends on the person, some want 8 hours, some 6. Normally it is above 6 hours for almost everyone. Involving in some religious things (meditation, etc) can also relax your mind.
So summing up:
- MCQs + Timed Past Papers
- Mark those yourself: understand your mistakes
- How to answer: timing, selection and order
- The study schedule: relax and sleep, but don’t waste time.
- Be confident