THE BEST KEYS TO EXAM RECOVERY: KEEP TRYING!
Did you know that there are keys and techniques that can help in exam recovery and exam preparation?
Passing an exam is a complicated process for many students: On the one hand, for the subject, on the other hand, for the timing of the exam, which can be an ordeal. And sometimes nerves can take their toll.
That’s why we’ve talked to our educational coordinator, Ángeles Terol, to give us the infallible keys to making up those exams. You can do it, go for it!
ÁNGELES TEROL, OUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERT ABOUT EXAM RECOVERY: “THE STUDENT MUST BE HONEST WITH HIMSELF”
Ángeles is one of our TutorASAP coordinators who helps the students not only in the preparation of the subjects, but also in school orientation, besides being one of the creators of our T.E.O School.
Her first advice is that students should check and evaluate how the organisation went: “The students should see what went wrong in that organisation and be honest with themselves. That is: if I had done it perfectly, I would have passed that course, so I did something wrong. They must look for their defects and failures and be realistic to change it, because if they do the same, the result will be the same”.
One of the most common mistakes is to study with the same material. A technique that would help in this case would be the elaboration of schemes.
According to Ángeles, in order to be able to absorb knowledge correctly they are essential, “if you didn’t have them before, you should do it, but if you had already done it, you should do it again and focus on it from another perspective. If you make new schemes, you study it in another way, you internalise it, and that’s the only way to learn”.
STUDENTS USED TO REPEAT SOMETHING THAT HAD ALREADY GONE WRONG, WHEN THERE ARE BASIC TRICKS THAT WOULD HELP THEM TO PASS
There are things that are obvious but sometimes we forget to do them. For example, doing a lot of past papers to rehearse and see what the exam would look like.
Moreover, choose hours a day where we know we are more predisposed to study and can have more concentration, and gradually get into an effective routine. “Sometimes we think too much about the fact that we have to study more than just pick up and get started. That’s why we have to take time out of the day to increase the number of hours and assume that at those times of day you have to get going… and you do“, says Ángeles. The important thing is that you can adapt your own study methods that work for you.
The same goes for rests and breaks. “Going out with your friends, playing video games, anything that makes you disconnect a little is very important. Without overdoing it, of course,” laughs Ángeles.
A very good trick that few students come up with is to start studying the subject upside down, that is, from the last to the first. Why? Our educational coordinator explains: “We always tend to go from one to the last subject, and in the last ones we’re already tired and we tend to study them less or not give them the same attention as others”.
“SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY”: WHY DO WE USUALLY HAVE A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS FAILURE?
Ángeles Terol tells us the scientific scenario that occurs when we fail. “On a psychological level, we don’t go to the exam with the same mentality as the first time because of having failed. This is called SELF-COMPLETE PROPHECY. It’s to go with a negative mentality and to predict what is going to happen to you. You have to avoid that prophecy and go with that attitude. The mind dominates the matter; if you go thinking that you are going to recover it’s better than if you think that you are going to fail.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF ASKING FOR HELP IN EXAM RECOVERY
For Ángeles, it’s essential to know when you need to ask for help. Asking trusted classmates how they pass the subject or giving support classes.
In fact, you can ask for educational professionals. TutorASAP always has an open door for students who need that push. Our tutors and coordinators, besides being prepared in more than 40 subjects, adapt the education and the way of learning to each one of you, the students, and more in exam recovery.
Giving up is not an option!