Study for exams: Having good grades is your passport in entering an excellent university or college. If you are in college already, landing a good job is your next aim and a better way to do that is by having good grades in school. Regardless of your level, some have scholarships to maintain. An exam can be very stressful especially if you are in middle school, high school and those who are in college or universities. Here are some tips and tricks on how to prepare well for the exams and pass them with flying colors.
Be healthMake sure that you are always healthy because you 2022 jamb expo will never know when the dreaded flu or even the simple cough or colds can strike you. Make sure that you eat vitamin-rich food or fruits. Apart from helping you become healthy and thus you are present on the day of the exam, it will help you concentrate before and during the exam. Having a healthy body helps you have a healthy mind as well.
This is very common for those in college or universities and for some of those in middle school or high school. An exam will only happen once for that subject and if it will ever be repeated, it will not look good in your grades anymore. Doing some sacrifices by avoiding parties and celebrations or even night outs will go a long way. Remember: a party can happen any time and any day. Your exam and your grades happen only once. Think about the little sacrifice that you need to do to have excellent grades.
Like any other big exam, preparing for AP tests can be stressful and confusing. However, you can minimize your stress by preparing the right way and feel confident once the test rolls around. As the Kenyans say about running, “Train hard, win easy.” So the best thing to do is to prepare hard for the exam and have an easy time on the real exam.
One of the best ways to study for an exam is to practice. About a month or two before the scheduled exam dates, go to a local bookstore and find every different form of review book for a particular exam and do all the practice multiple choice questions. These review books are very good at asking the kind of questions asked by the actual exams, so if you can understand every multiple choice answer, you will have little problem adjusting to the ‘curveballs’ on the actual exam because you’re used to them.
As for the free response sections, it’s best to just read sample essays that received 5’s instead of writing your own. As long as you are a decent writer, it’s more important to understand the concise, well structured style that AP graders like by reading good sample essays. In this way, you will pick up on how to bring evidence from primary sources into your essay, how to long to spend on each point, and how to use your knowledge to make an argument.
Another really important thing to keep in mind in reading example essays is to remember the actual points that the essay makes. What ends up happening is that once you read enough essays (around 10-20), you start to actually improve your understanding of the content of the topic better. Essays themselves are great ways to better understand course material. Weather it be history or physics, seeing good free response answers will act as a great teacher. If you’re lucky, part of the actual free response questions on your exam may overlap with the examples you’ve read and you’ll have a very easy time with it (this has actually happened before; the topic was the Protestant Reformation in AP European history).
As you go through your review process, you will inevitably come across topics you never learned in class because the scope of exams are usually too big for most teachers to cover everything. Make sure to synthesize what you learned in class and the content in the review books and work out practice problems on your own. Remember, what counts isn’t what your teacher thinks should be taught, but what the AP exam writers want on the test. Past exams are the best indicator of what will be on future exams.
On the exam itself, you will without doubt come across questions that you have little knowledge of and seem like complete curveballs. Don’t worry. This is done on purpose and if you look at percentages of correct answers on past exam questions, there are always a few questions every year that only 30% or so answer correctly. With that in mind, understand that the exams are curved for this. So while it’s commonly accepted that you should leave questions blank if you have no idea, we advise you to answer every multiple choice question. There are always, under any circumstance, options that can be eliminated from common sense and background knowledge. Answer everything with your best guess, and know that if you get it right, you’ll be way ahead of people who left it blank or got it wrong, as you’ll be in the small percentage of people who got it right.