1. Understanding the Basics

Preview by either reading or skimming the chapter, this will help prepare yourself for the rigour and intensity of the class by taking more intelligent notes

2. Positive Mindset

  • “Don’t simply memorize; seek to understand”
  • Draw correlations and organize the information to understand concepts
  • “Don’t be afraid to ask questions”
  • Get comfortable with being confused. Even the professors are sometimes confused when they work at problems.
  • Teachers are here to help but try to work out the problem on your own first. When you hit a roadblock, look for several ways around it.

3. Constant Revision

  • Reading a simplified version textbook will help you move through the course material more quickly and with better understanding
  • Take notes and prepare summary sheets or flashcards by applying some memory techniques
    i.e. “The link method”, “The story method”, “Draw a mindmap” or the “Acrostics method” etc. to reinforce memory on equations and definitions.
  • Work through as many problems as you can
  • Keep solving problems until you can do them quickly and easily. Practise questions from Cambridge Topical 10 Years Series & Past Year Prelim Papers
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Analyse why you missed each problem and common mistakes so you can avoid future mistakes

4. Organizing your Materials

File all your worksheets, notes and exam papers according to each subjects. This will help us to have a quick revision before each exam

“Enjoy the learning process! Straight ‘A’s on his own don’t mean much. The process of becoming a straight ‘A’ student is what counts!”


5. Managing your Time

  • Be consistent and stay focus on your goals and prioritise your commitment. Make an effort to clear all your doubts in each learning curve
  • “Enjoy the learning process”
  • Achieving ‘A’ is important but the process of getting an ‘A’ is most important.

6. Set Up a Distraction-Free Study Zone

  • Fostering working friendships with the right peers will be helpful if you need a motivational boost to keep cranking out problems or do practice exam questions. Be inspired by the brilliant minds around you. We made friends that we will have for life.
  • Switch off any phones or electronic devices and set up a cluster-free study area
  • Work in 30-to-45 minute blocks. Time your study sessions to help you stay focused
  • Reward yourself every time you complete a study session. E.g. eat a fruit, watch a YouTube video, go for a quick jog


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7. Pre-Examination Preparation

  • Before an examination, give yourself 4 or 5 practice exams to attempt
  • Do at least 2 or 3 timed practice examinations
  • Revise all your summary notes and important questions
  • To optimize your higher order thinking, get plenty of sleep and rest on the day before your test or examination
  • Eat proper meals regularly to feel alert throughout the day
  • Exercise regularly to enhance your memory and thinking skills

8. Examination Strategies

  • Strategize when answering exam papers
  • Students need to answer questions in a limited period of time, so it is important to have a sound strategy and stay focused so as to avoid wasting time during the examination

“Enjoy the learning process! Straight ‘A’s on his own don’t mean much. The process of becoming a straight ‘A’ student is what counts!”