Dear counsellor, kindly give me tips on how to make revision productive. I normally read in the morning and evening but still fail my exams.
The reality is, failure can be made to feel like the worst thing that could ever happen to a person but the best thing to do is strive to overcome it and focus on more promising endeavours – at least in the long run. Even where failure cannot be salvaged, there is always something to learn from it. You are good enough; all you need to do is to keep trying. Don’t lose your composure over it.
Get yourself into exam mode. Practice on sample tests in the textbook or study guide. This can be done through making a study schedule which will always guide your reading and stick to it at all times. Look at past exams. Ask for suggestions from your teacher about what subject materials you need and how much time to allocate to your studies. Also endeavour to read from the beginning of the term up to the end, but revise even harder when the exam timetable is out. Avoid cramming because it can be counter-productive. You should also always pay attention in class, do all class assignments and join discussion groups. If you implement these ideas, your performance in class will definitely improve.
Caro Mugabo, a secretary
The best way to revise is to have a timetable and stick to it. An organised plan will help you balance all the subjects and stay focused. It will also help you relax your mind since it provides for breaks.
Francis Tumukunde, marketer
I advise you to join a discussion group if you are to improve. Discussion groups will encourage you to work hard, keep focused and motivated.
Tito Gakire, employee ASL Rwanda
Revising many past papers is the best way to know the most asked questions. If you answer them well, it will help you gain confidence.
Elvis Kanyankore, university student
The best revision is one where you gauge whether you understood what you studied in class or read. Try to do as many tests as possible from text books and past papers. Otherwise reading alone may not help you that much.