IGCSE exams are taken at grade 9 and 10. It is an open curriculum which offers more than 70 subjects to choose from. In most boards across different countries children at this age are forced to choose subjects that are being offered by the board. But this is not the case with IGCSE. The student can choose subjects that he can score well or that interest him. But that does not make the preparation for the IGCSE any easier. Nothing comes easy and to score well in this exam in one has to prepare well. The most important aspect of the exam is not the exam itself but the preparation for it and this starts right from the beginning.
Preparations For the IGCSE Exam
- The first thing a student has to remember is that he has to do his daily work and keep practising till he has become a master of the concept. Only if this is done revision becomes easy.
- At least two months before the exam, the student has to set time for revision.
- Before that the student has to get the updates of the syllabus and about the exam.
- Then a time table for revision must be readied and should be strictly followed.
- In the timetable a large chunk of time must be allotted to subjects that require better grades, that is the core subjects.
- What has to be revised can be broken into small manageable parts.
- Use as many tools and ways to revise. Look into the guides, check online notes, revise with friends, make pictorial representations for difficult points, and get family and friends to quiz you.
- Make key notes so that during the final revision only the key notes need to be referred.
- Highlighting the important points is another way of remembering the key points.
- If the student is in the habit of walking around and studying, notes can be pasted in different places cutting into the routine of learning in the same manner.
- Go through the past papers as many of them as possible and as many times as possible.
- Take breaks to refresh, while revising.
- Know the marking scheme well. Once this thorough the student can plan his time for the different questions.
- Learn to structure the essay well; a proper introduction, body and conclusion. Only if it si prepared and practised it can be implemented for the exam.
- Getting special help from the teachers is also a good idea. Teacher scan help you to understand your weak points and rectify it.
- Too much time should not be spent on a single question. Only when past papers are worked on the student will know how much time is to be given for each question.
Along with the academic preparation emotional preparation is equally important. The student has to remain calm and collected while preparing and not be in any kind of frenzy. Being excited can spoil the revision plan and a lot of time and energy will be wasted in the excitement. Like they say, ‘Past are dead moments, Future are unborn moments, only the present matters’. So the whole focus must be in the present, on the task at hand.