It’s that time of the year again when African teenagers everywhere sit and sweat for 2 – 3 hours at a time in a bid to gain entrance into universities, colleges or MacDonald’s depending on how the end of year high school exams go.
If you’ve been studying diligently throughout high school you have little to worry about. If you are one of those who stumbled across this site while looking for exam advice (and your exam is tomorrow) then as they say in France “you are knee deep in it”.
As Professor Jonathan Jansen once said in his book we need to talk, “the brain, unlike other muscles, is a sophisticated organ – not one that can be subjected to sudden press ups just before a race”
In light of the above I would like to tell you that all hope is not lost. Many, like myself, have in the past sat for the same exams and I turned out okay. Of course I studied, however there were a few additional hidden gems of advice that helped me get through this period with a smile on my face. I am about to share them with you.
Firstly, wear tight shoes to all your exams. When someone wears tight shoes all they can think about is the pain they feel in their toes and a few other things. This will make you more focused because all you will have on your mind are your toes and the exam for that day.
Secondly, all great men (and women) have become great because they persevered: Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Mushayabhachi? You don’t know who Henry is? No? That’s because he gave up.
Thirdly, there is little you can do now to change your results at this late stage. Now is the time for rest, revision and consolidation. Cramming only works for drivers’ licence exams and spinach only works for Popeye so get what you have now, master it and make sure don’t mess up the little that you know.
Lastly, these exams have no reflection whatsoever on whether you are intelligent or not…(silence) sike! Seriously, they don’t and if you don’t do well it’s not the end of the world. If you do congratulations but remember this is only the beginning.