Exams for UNISA students do not always go as planned, and sometimes we get a disappointing, or even shocking, result. Don’t let it dishearten you, or make you feel bad about yourself. But DO take it as an opportunity to take an honest look at the previous term to try to
find the root of the problem. Then you will be empowered to make the changes you need to make to excel next term.
I have this conversation with students over and over again. Find out WHY you went wrong, then we can work on HOW to fix things. There is a very famous quote from Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. That is VERY applicable here. Don’t shrug off the bad result and hope next year MIGHT be better. Find out WHY you went wrong, and then change how you are doing things.
I have a few areas I suggest you start with, and some suggestions on how to remedy it.
|Get your exam paper from your lecturers||Check the answers so you can get a feel for what areas of the course you did not understand. This empowers you to concentrate on your weak areas next term, studying smarter not harder is the key!!|
|Analyse your time management from the previous term||Did you work consistently the whole term? Cramming at the last minute is what most of us end up doing, as we work and study, as well as having families… But if you want to pass you need to carve out a little time EVERY day and work consistently throughout term. Make a study plan and STICK to it! Remember to register early to get maximum study time in a term!|
|Analyse your study methods||Is your study methods suiting your style of learning? Do you need to find new ways of taking notes, or understanding the concepts?|
|Analyse your study environment||Are you making sure you are in the right environment when you study? Quiet, without many interruptions or distractions.|
|Take a look at your motivation levels||Have you been studying for years and are only half the way through your degree? Now is the time that enthusiasm wains, and study starts to slip. Find ways to remember why you are studying – writing them up and putting them somewhere you see them often helps. Vision boards are also fun. Or join a study group to draw enthusiasm from your fellow students. Find a way to get your motivation levels up again that works for you – you won’t finish your degree if you don’t!|
If you want more advice and tips on these issues and many more please download a free copy of our e-Book. Now is NOT the time to quit! Persevere and you will reap the benefits in the long run!
And WELL DONE everyone! Another term down. CONGRATS to the passes and many distinctions we are hearing about. And for those who are disappointed, I hope that next term we can work together and Together We CAN Pass!!!
Happy holidays everyone.
Written by Tabitha Bailey