8 tips to get A at your exams

Autumn internship program of Klitschko Foundation has finished and it is high time for students to plunge into studying, because the exams are too close. Viktoriia Posieva, an alumni of the 4th round of internship, tells how she managed to become a part of the foundation’s team as well gives practical guidance how to manage everything and to pass successfully exams at the university.

Hello! My name is Viktoriia Posieva, I graduated from fall internship program “Interns 4.0”. It all began with the publication in one of the social networks, where I have seen the news about the next recruitment in “Klitschko Foundation”. Without hesitation I filled out the application form and was waiting for the results. Why did I want to get an internship? First of all I was fascinated by activities of the Fund, which focuses on education and science. This is something that has bothered me for the last few years and I wanted to see how such projects are created from the “inside”.

Three months of internship have passed as one day and a lot has changed since my first day in the Foundation. In addition, I've changed value orientations in life to different forms, I realized what I really want to do in my life.

It is high time for students to plunge into studying, because the exams are too close. For someone it will be held for the very first time, and someone has long been familiar with it for a long time. One thing remains unchanged - for each student it is a special period of student life. 

Why should you pass exams as best as possible during the whole study in the University? 

First, it shows your ability to make systematical efforts to get the result, it illustrates that you can “get out of the comfort zone” to achieve certain goals. It will be appreciated at work, in future it will be easier to overcome stressful situations and different troubles. Secondly, if you want to study abroad - academic achievement is the first point at which everyone looks at the beginning of the processing application period. 

But as for me the most important item is to study for yourself. To get decent work and successfully move up up at career ladder, you need to be competitive among thousands of other young men and women of your profession. Only the unique skills and knowledges will make you an indispensable specialist. Do you know how you can distinguish among others? Thoroughout knowledge of the theoretical basis for your profession. Most young people neglect this point, because it's not as easy as it seems. I think you would agree, if you honestly learn all material, A+ for the whole exams won’t seem so unattainable. For many people the recipe of excellent exams is easy - just and learn. But even this may be not enough to get the coveted A for each exam. 

So what should you do to pass all exams on A+ points?

1. It may sounds strange, but it’s necessary to gain admission to the exam.

Without this one you won’t be able to take it. Try to work hard during the semester, do whatever will maximize your chances of getting a high score for the exam.

2. Start to prepare in advance.

For each parson "advance" is a month, two weeks. Limited quality training for 4-5 exams is one week. It is important to identify the tasks that you set for yourself - just to pass the exam and get a score or permanently secure the necessary knowledge for your future profession. "Memorization" of material will remain in your short-term memory, but after two or three months you won't remember, for example, how Plato differs from Aristotle. So if you want information to stuck in your long term memory, start to prepare in advance.

3. Print/download questions for the exam and get ready for them.

You can leran a lot, but sometimes happens that in exam you answer wrong or not what teacher wants from you. Be careful, and if you don't understand something, ask your teacher any questions you might have on the last lecture/seminar.

4. Proportionally divide the preparation time for all exams.

Don’t concentrate only on one subject. What will be the load distribution: 25%/25%/25%/25%, or 50%/50% - it’s your decision.If you don't know which exams will be the most difficult - ask seniors, they will always help you. If you don’t contact with any of the senior rates - ask classmates that may know.

5. Learn how to learn effectively.

Rereading material for several times or underlining the "main" material will not increase your chances of quickly and permanently store information.

6. Don’t prepare 24/7, but don't forget about training in general.

If you don’t want to fuss and panic at the last moment, go back to step 2.

7. Eat well and sleep enough so the body will get enough energy to digest new information.

8. Walk outdoors and listen to classical music.

It’s not a secret that Mozart stimulates working of brain. If you don't like the classics, listen to something calm or instrumental.

Here are the main principles in preparation for the exams, which can make it compile the most successful. You need to be disciplined in training. Everything else will make your brain.


Good luck, and fight for your dream!