4 tips to help you achieve your dream O'level Score
O’ Levels: Is my dream score… just a dream?
‘O’ Level Examinations are now less than 6 months away, and this is the time where we see students emerging from their ‘bubble’, sporting in Starbucks and libraries preparing themselves for the upcoming milestone exam.
We all want to do well, landing ourselves in our post-secondary dream school. But how far are we from reality? Are these schools beyond our reach? Or are we just a few grades shy from hitting the mark?
Being a few grades shy, means a missed opportunity. But there are ways to bridge the gap and realise our dreams. Here are 4 defining ways to make your dream score come true!
Before you can achieve anything, you need to have a good understanding of yourself. Starting with knowing how you study best;
Understanding how you function makes the studying process more efficient:
Visual learners should use colour pens and highlighters in their notes, this will enhance their memory retention.
Logical and rationale learners should make use of flowcharts and mind-maps, this way they will be able to see how ideas and concepts connect and interact with each other.
Auditory learners should vocalise their ideas and concepts out loud as they study, this will enhance their memory retention.
Next, another important factor is the state of mind. It is important to prepare yourself mentally before you study. This is commonly coined as “the study mood”. This will help you focus on your work for about 40 minutes before you lose focus again. Therefore you are encouraged to take short breaks in between and maximise your time.
Understanding how you study gives you better control over your studying habits. Changing ineffective ways of revisioning and replacing them with more productive study methods is a huge step forward to help yourself get closer to your academic goals!
No war in history was ever won by going into a battle recklessly without any prior planning. Now that you understand yourself better, devise a strategy that will help you achieve your goals.
You should first identify your target score. Then from there, decide the subjects that will most likely be part of your L1R5/L1R2B2 combination. Focus on the important subjects and devote more time to those that need more attention. Prioritise on the subjects you believe will score, and not your favourite subject.
Time is of the essence in your preparation for the exam, but more than speed, good pacing and consistency is the formula for succeeding your study goals.
Dedicate a fixed amount of time every day for your revisioning. Start small but gradually increase your revision duration. Learn to prioritise your tasks within each session. If you only have time to do either prelim papers or the ten-year-series (TYS), do the TYS first as it gives you the necessary exposure to O’ level style of questions. Then proceed with the prelim papers if you have the time.
If you feel that you will not be able to achieve the progress needed by self-studying, consider investing in guidebooks or even seeking tuition options, such as our crash course, which focuses on exam-oriented technique that cuts through the clutter for you by identifying key concepts and doing chapter breakdowns efficiently. Our crash course ensure that you are ready for your O’levels in just 2 weeks!
4. Revision techniques
Lastly, make the most efficient use of your time. Studying alone may help you concentrate better but the difficulty comes when you are stuck with a question and you have no one to turn to.
Hence, it is a good idea to study in a small group setting of 3-4, and clarify with each other when in doubt. The process of explaining a concept you know to a fellow friend serves as a form of revision and helps reinforce the understanding further. One way to check if you really understand a concept or topic is to explain it to someone else confidently and be able to answer their questions.
Additionally, the group can also collectively consult a teacher in school. Making sure you thoroughly understand a concept is much better than just memorizing. Always ask ‘why’ and seek for an answer.
Achieving your dream score might not be the easiest but any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for! Fret not, if you think that you need a guide or mentor to talk to, feel free to contact us on our website or drop us a PM on our instagram! We are more than happy to help!