Monday, 28 February 2011

Earning good grades by employing different strategies and unlikely subject choices.

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. When it comes to improving a subject result in A-Level, I think that statement is supremely relevant.
Most of us at one time or another will have a weak subject result that’s not responding as well as we’d like it to. So we ask ourselves what we need to do to make it good. While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all prescription for the dilemma, you can be sure of one thing: If what you’re doing isn't working, you need to do something different.
I’m often asked how often one should change method of studies, routines, time splits and so on. Rather than fire off some random span of time like six or eight times a week, I always say, “Change when whatever you’re doing fails to produce results.” In other words, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Many students went from top in juniors to top in A-Level and hardly altered their studies regimen in more than 15 years. Why would they? They kept growing and improving, so it would have made no sense for them to switch things up much.
Many methods can be employed to check their efficacy for one including changing time splits, group study, individual one-on-one sessions with teachers & fellow students, study and practice alone, utilising different available subject resources, the internet and tuitions.
The difference ultimately shown between those who earned good to best results and those from failure to average is nothing but the total numbers of hours put in to earn the subject knowledge and their span over the sessions or months. By saying that what I mean is if a student have studied 80 hours during a session and earned a good grade, then it is unlikely for a student to procrastinate whole session and study 80 hours during last 10 days and expect a good result too. Its not the number of hours alone but also the amount of knowledge and grasp of concept that mind accepts at a given time. Concentration spans in general are short and work well when divide over many months and a little every sitting rather sitting in one go or for a week or few days.
Additionally students SHOULD NOT opt for unlikely subjects in their pursuit of A-Level due to the varying factors such as completing the number of subjects, to take more subjects, to avoid a particular subject during or before term and because they were pressurised to take a subject. These factors not just hamper results of unlikely subjects BUT ruin the progress of the liked subjects too.