1. Aim high. Plan on always getting the best marks you can in each test you take. Measure yourself against yourself. Try to get a higher score on this test than the last test.
2. Plan how your will complete your assignments in advance. You need to know what you are doing, when you are doing it, and have a deadline for when it will be completed, before you even start working on the assignment.
3. Devise an effective study plan so you are constantly preparing for exams, and don’t have to cram at the last minute when you feel you’re running out of time.
4. Know what you’re being evaluated on, and what the different weightings are. (Assignments, tests, exams, presentations, group work, attendance, class participation etc.)
5. Ask your teachers or professors for help if there’s something you can’t do, or don’t understand.
6. Learn new material and concepts as soon as it’s taught. Our memory fades quickly, and we require rehearsal and practice to consolidate learning, and transfer material to our long term memory.
7. Take notes, and try putting ideas, concepts and facts into your own words. Summarise the material in your mind – but then test yourself on important details.
8. Investigate webcasts and use those to enhance, and enrich, your learning.
9. Make use of small pockets of time to work on assignments, and to fit in extra studying and self-testing.
10. Do past papers and talk to others who have sat the exams before.