Compiled by: Lim Wan Wan (FSI contracted Researcher)
Translated by: Ling Boo Chong (FSI contracted translator)
1. Listen attentively in class: Listen attentively to the salient points and relevant facts taught by the teacher in the class. Take some notes to facilitate revisions which you may do after class. This will give you a good grasp of the new knowledge and the contents considered important for the exam.
2. Find your suitable revision methods: If you like the visual learning style, you can do your revision by reading and then illustrating the points in pictures. If you are more inclined to the auditory learning style, you can discuss the lessons with your classmates or read out portions of the textbook to strengthen the effects of your revision. If you prefer the kinesthetic learning style that stresses on action, you can search and compile the relevant information or help your classmates to answer questions in the exercises in order to achieve the required results of your revision.
3. Sort out salient points of the text: Use mind maps, pictures, charts, notes or other methods to present the salient points of the text on memory cards or notebooks. This can enhance your speed and efficiency of revision in the future.
4. Do more exercises and answer past year exam questions: Practise by doing the exercises and answering past year exam questions. This will help you to get familiar with the scope of exam questions as well as to know the techniques and your speed of answering questions. Through this process, you can also discover certain aspects that you may not understand or that may require you to give more attention. Consequently, you can make timely adjustments to the strategies and scope of your revision.
5. Prepare a revision timetable: Based on your performances in various subjects, set your revision objectives, scope and time limit, find out your suitable revision methods and time periods, then prepare a list of your revision concerns and a timetable.
6. Seek assistance: If you find some contents that you do not understand, you should ask your teachers, classmates, friends or relatives, and even request your teachers for intensive tuition. You can also use online resources such as Google, online dictionaries, online teaching materials and online tuition to gain proper understanding of the contents.
7. Take proper rest: Taking rest is meant for travelling a longer journey! Study for 30 minutes in one session and then rest for five minutes. You may do some light physical exercises or take a cup of drink, but avoid doing anything that may disturb your mind and divert your attention. Proper rest can help to promote absorption of knowledge, enhance concentration and relieve tension.
8. Healthy diet, sleep and physical exercises: Take more fruits, vegetables and fish as they can enhance memory and promote active thinking. Added with adequate sleep and physical exercises, the body can be kept at optimum condition to facilitate learning and to take the exam.
9. Preparation on the day before exam: On the day before exam, ensure that all the exam permit, identity card, watch, water container and stationery items (such as 2B pencil, eraser, blue or black pen, ruler, compass, electronic calculator and so on) have been put in the school bag. Go to bed early so that you can be revitalized for taking the exam the next day.
10. Strategies for the day of exam: On the day of exam, wake up early, take a nutritious breakfast, put on your neat school uniform and leave home earlier to avoid late arrival at the exam venue. On getting the exam paper, carefully read the instructions first before you start to write the answers. If you come across any question which you have difficulty in answering, skip it first and answer other questions that you have more confidence. If there is still time after you have finished answering all the questions, check through your answers and revise or add on to your answers as you deem necessary.
(References: wikihow.com, www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au, wikipedia.com, jingyanbaidu.com, Foon Yew High School UEC Exam Regulations and What Candidates Must Know.)