It’s that time again for the iQ Academy Higher Certificate Course students… Exams are here; but uskawara, we’ve got your back! Here are some study hacks that are sure to help you get good results. Let’s get started! • Know your scope Consult your lecturers and tutors about the scope of the exam. Ask questions about what sections to concentrate on for the exams. There is no point in spending hours on a section that is only 10 points in the exam, while neglecting a section that is worth 30 points. Ask questions about the structure of the exam. Is it going to be essay questions or short questions or multiple choice? • Use old exams and past tests Most institutions have archives of old exam question papers in their libraries. Ask your librarian for access. It is important to make sure you understand how questions might be phrased before coming to your exam, so that you are prepared. If you don’t have access to old exam papers, then go back to your tests. Much of what is in the exams will be the same stuff that is in your test, just asked in a different way. • Know your own body clock Too many people try to copy other people’s study habits and then they wonder why they are not as productive as the person that they are copying. The reason is we are all different. Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you at your best? These are the times of the day when you are most able to concentrate, absorb and process a lot of information. It differs from person to person. The point is to figure out when your golden hours are, and do the bulk of your studies at that time. • Make Summaries It is very important to take note of the most important points in any given study topic. You have a limited amount of time in your exam, you cannot reproduce your textbook. So, read the whole body of text on your study topic, highlight the most important points. Write them out using your own words. Even use your home language (if it’s not English) to explain these concepts to yourself. If you do this, you will understand the concepts better and you will not easily forget the information. You’ve got this! Now go slay!