Exams are well under way and many learners have fallen into the trap of not being prepared due to procrastinating and not studying enough during the term. Does this mean it is too late to perform well in the exams?
As part of our tutoring philosophy
, we believe it is never too late
to make an improvement. Even a learner who can be empowered to study
a week before the exam as opposed to the night before, should see a positive difference by making this one small change.
When it comes to studying, we do believe regular sessions and extra lessons
from the very first week of the school year are the most beneficial to a learner. They not only mean the learner can cover all the work done in depth, but also effectively manage stress levels as there is no urgency forcing them to rush through the work.
That being said, some situations do not allow for long term regular lessons/ study sessions before exams, and this is where crash courses can be beneficial to improve understanding in the short term
The main objective of a crash course in any given subject is to clarify and consolidate the main themes of a section/subject. As mentioned above, this cannot be done in too much detail due to time constraints. Therefore a tutor’s aim in a crash course is to focus on specific sections of work that will be tested and to give the learner a basic understanding of these.
Not only do crash courses help with short term understanding, but they also set a good starting point to evaluate where the larger problem areas are. These can then be addressed in more detail after the exam in order to prepare for the next one.Tools of Crash Courses
From our experience, the most important tools of a crash course are past papers and actual exercises
related to the subject. The reason for this is that one past paper can cover a range of topics and sections of work, thereby giving the learner a better chance of gaining some marks in each question. This is as opposed to just knowing one section really well and limiting the number of marks they can achieve for the entire exam.
If your child needs a crash course to help them through these exams, or just needs help with a specific section, then contact us
for a couple of extra lessons.