Cursing the moment you chose IGCSE? Do you find yourself wishing for a time machine so that you could go back in time and not choose IGCSE? Do you feel that IGCSE exams will be the end of you?
Our sympathies are with you but keeping them aside we would also like to tell you that your fear, not only magnifies the problems making them seem more difficult than they really are but is also your biggest deterrent.
IGCSE is difficult but clearing them would be an achievement that will surely pay you off in life. Who said achievements are easy? They never are.
Cracking IGCSE exams with a good score isn’t easy but there are easy tips that can help you do exactly that.
We bring you suggestions from IGCSE experts that are not only easy to put into practice but are also sure to improve your performance:
The Syllabus is your Bible
No matter what subjects you have chosen amongst the plethora of options available for IGCSE, the syllabus of each option should be your bible and guiding light.
CAIE has provided detailed guidelines, instructions, suggestions, marks distribution, do’s and don’ts in the elaborately designed syllabi.
The syllabus should be the starting point for all subjects. Reading it thoroughly will give you clarity, confidence, and will also help you devise a strategy for studying.
If you work hard but do not frame your energies in a set plan, then most of your hard work will go to waste. Unsystematic and unfocused studying will yield only half the results.
Therefore, you must always plan, strategize and then move forward. Plan your studies for the day, coming week and even the entire term.
The topics that have more marks or you find yourself struggling with should be given priority in your study plans.
Reviewing and Revising
Taking into consideration the vast syllabi and difficulty levels of IGCSE it is very important for you to keep reviewing what you have learnt.
You must designate a time slot for revising the topics you have once studied in your study schedule.
You can also put up lists of formulas, tables, and lists on your wardrobe or in your study area this will help you in reviewing them regularly and by the time your exams come, everything will be on your tips.
Persistence is the key that can help you achieve even the unachievable. You need to have faith in your abilities and keep moving towards your call to be persistent.
Persistence, in turn, rewards you with even more faith in yourself as well as the willpower to keep going. No matter how difficult a question is or incomprehensible a concept is, you can master it by being persistent – we promise you that!
Study Every Day
For being a top scorer in IGCSE, you need to be persistent and revise frequently, and so, you must study every day. It is not as bad as it sounds it will ensure that you do not take a longer break than necessary.
Even if you are busy with some social commitment and are unable to stick to your everyday study plan, make sure that you take out some time and study. Even if it is for just half an hour, do sit and study to maintain your flow.
Previous Year Papers
The best place to go to for knowledge of question paper format, types of questions and important questions are the previous year papers.
Previous year papers are the goldmine of important information for IGCSE. You must solve as many of them as possible and also look at solved previous year question papers. Also, look out for changes of format or syllabus if any.
Choose the Right Tutors
It is very difficult to score A* in IGCSE exams without a tutor. Tutors at Pasxcel are not only qualified but given their experience are aware of all the tricks of the trade.
It is wiser to sign up for a trial class before choosing your tutors. At Pasxcel, you can not only sign up for a trial class but also do that from the comfort of your home.
Think Out of the Box
Most students are going to study from the same books, notes and previous year papers that you are going to study from. Consequently, the answers that you all write will be more or less the same.
This is bad news and you will have to write the same answers in a way that they stand out of a sea of the same answers. Try and think out of the box and frame your answers in a way that they immediately catch the examiner’s attention. However, be careful not to compromise on the accuracy of the answers.
Choose Subjects Wisely
You must look at all the options IGCSE has to offer and then choose the ones that you are best at. Do not pick the subjects just because your friend is picking them. They might be good for them but that doesn’t mean they will work best for you too.
You must know what you are good at and then select the subjects accordingly.
Make your notes
We have already discussed the importance of periodically reviewing and revising the syllabus. The best way to do that is revising from self-made and hand-made notes. You can start making notes of what you study in class every day.
Learning by writing things down makes your memory and recall stronger. You will notice the difference in your performance when you start writing your notes and studying from them.
We are sure you agree that the above-mentioned tips for scoring well are quite easy and can be put into practice by anyone.
What is difficult is to implement them consistently and diligently. Once you incorporate these tips into your study habits you are sure to notice a considerable change in your scores.
So get set and get going. Team Pasxcel will always be by your side.