Irrespective of which semester of college you are in, we are sure you have given enough exams previously to know how to survive the terror and score 60-70 per cent. But the problem with mediocrity is that it is easily achievable and hence kills your chances to stand out from the crowd.
If you want to make the most of your college time and score more in exams, these are the tips you should follow:
1. Read previous years' question papers: More often than not, universities repeat the questions asked in previous years and follow a certain pattern. Thoroughly go through these question papers to save yourself the effort to study the topics which are not going to be questioned in the exam. You may also answer these question papers as mock papers and manage your time to write full paper, which is quite important to securing good marks.
2. Presentation: Believe it or not, the presentation of your answer greatly affects your marks. You might have written an answer worth getting an 8, but if you present it poorly by not dividing it into paragraphs and writing in bad handwriting, it might not even fetch you a 4. Make sure your answer is written in points and paragraphs, and written with a pen which enhances your handwriting. You can also draw margins and pens of different colours to make things extremely clear and more readable.
3. Read the question paper properly: You do not want to waste your time by attempting three extra questions, do you? If you have prepared well, there will be instances where you will realize you know the answer to more than just one question. In these it will be crucial to make the perfect choice which will fetch you the maximum marks. Chose to answer questions which save your time and are more objective in nature so that you have less chances of losing points.
4. Don't leave any question unanswered: Going by the saying, you miss 100 per cent of the chances you don't take, you should attempt a question for its worth. By doing so, you will increase your chances of scoring full if the question is wrong or out of syllabus. If you have no idea at all and answering seems like a waste of time, at least don't leave the space blank as it gives a very wrong impression to the examiner.
5. Spare yourself the time to revise answer sheet: This mind sound farfetched, but revising stuff you have written will help you weed out mistakes you might not have realized that you have made. This will act like proof reading and will be extremely helpful. Take your time to answer questions properly but make sure you do not get swayed away so much that you do not have time to answer all of them.
6. Read papers suggested by the teachers: When the teacher asks you to go through a certain reading in the class, make sure you do that. They have been teaching the same subject for years and have a good idea that which textbook or reading will help you in the exams. Also, if a teacher says a section is important, mark it with a highlighter because there are good chances that it will come in the exam.
7. Work on your weak points: A good student knows importance it is t work on his/her weak points while strengthening the stronger ones. This practice will help you avoid losing those extra marks which accumulate and become a big number ultimately. Is your writing not good? Try and improve it. Improve it by 1 per cent if not 60 or 70 per cent. Is organic chemistry your weakness? Don't take it for granted and try to improve yourself as much as you can.
8. Save time, save marks: You might not realize it now but the small number of hours that you save, help you in the long run to score good marks. If you sleep for 8 hours, you can tone it down to 6 and save yourself those precious two hours to work on some other subject. Also, try to study theoretical subjects in the morning because things learnt during that time remain in your memory for long duration. Also, it is easier to focus in the morning with less distraction around. Dividing time between subjects equally can also go a long way in helping you score good.
Remember that a mark gained here and a mark gained there, accumulate and take your total percentage higher in any given semester. Don't take anything for granted and you will be able to score those extra marks and get an above 90 per cent you aspire for.