Like it or not grades are the measure of success in college. Like the salary at a job, the batting average in cricket, or the price of a stock, your grade-point average is an objective indication of how you're doing in college. There are several factors that factor into getting good grades in college and not to mention the plethora of distractions that there are on college campuses. Yet, we believe the hardest part about it is not just getting good grades but maintain them over the years. For often we see student's fall in to the study burn out trap. That is, they work very hard in the first year or so but over time their grades start falling and they are no longer performing at the same level as they were in the initial few months. The main reason for that is the students are physically, mentally and emotionally drained as they advance in college. Hence, in this article, we have discussed some tips that will help you make the most of your college life while at the same time ensure that you are able to score good marks in exam.
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 8 marks, but if you present it poorly such as not dividing it into paragraphs and in a bad handwriting, it might not even fetch you 4 marks. 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 such a situation it is crucial to make the perfect choice that will fetch you the maximum marks. Chose to answer the questions which will save you time and are more objective in nature so that you have less chances of losing points.
4. Don't leave any question unanswered: A popular quote by Michael Jordan the star basketball player states that you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Same, is true for the questions that you leave unanswered in the examinations. Don't leave any question unanswered attempt them for its worth. Write whatever sense you can make out of or whatever you think might be relevant to the topic. Leaving it unanswered means you will get zero marks for it but if you make an attempt at it you have a small chance at getting some marks. And even, if it's all wrong and you get a zero for it what's there to lose you were getting zero anyways for it.
5. Spare yourself the time to revise the answer sheet: This might sound farfetched, but revising the stuff that you have written will help you weed out any mistakes you might not have realized you're making while writing the answer. You might even remember some important points that you might have missed out on. Revising the paper after you done with it is like proofreading a paper and it can prove to be quite useful in the examinations. It basically prevents you from making mistakes that could have been easily avoid and saves you quite a lot of marks. Take proper time to answer a question but be mindful to write to the point and don't get swayed away so much that you end up writing a whole page for a 2 marks question.
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 how import it is to work on his/her weak points while strengthening the stronger ones. This practice will help you avoid losing those extra marks which when accumulated, become a big number. 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, when accumulated 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. Hope these above mentioned tips will help you score better in examinations. You can read more such helpful tips on examinations at, www.jagranjosh.com/college.