The recent batch of prelims have drawn to a close and marking is underway. Although it may take a bit of time to get your marks back they, whether good or not so good, are of a lot of use. To help you make the most of your prelims, here’s what to do with your results.

Prelims act as a good indicator as to what level you are currently working at. However, they also act as a basis for improvement. Whether you got 43% or 93%, there is still room for improvement. Prelims are great for allowing you to see how you are likely to perform in the final exam, but they do not dictate the mark you will get in your final exam.

First things first, you must not be down heartened by a not so good result. As I have said, this is not your final exam grade. With hard work and thorough revision, you’ll be on the road to a good mark. The American statesman Colin Powell once said,

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

If you felt you were pushed for time in the prelim as is often the case in many subjects, try Timeanswering timed questions. This could be exam style questions from a textbook, relevant past paper questions or specimen/exemplar paper questions. The use of a countdown timer or egg timer will help make sure you stay within time limits. You can download one of these onto your phone, tablet or computer with ease or physical egg timers can be found in most supermarkets.

When going over your prelims, identifying specific areas in which you could improve can be a great way of tailoring your revision for the final exams. Doing extra practise on the identified areas can help lift up your knowledge of these topics. Do tutorial/ practise questions on the identified topics and seek help from your teacher if necessary. Teachers are there to help you so don’t feel like you cannot ask for help.

Stay positive, set goals as to where you want to be in say a week’s time. For example, set the goal of achieving 7/7 on the bitesize topic quiz by next Friday or >60% on the Scholar topic assessment by Sunday. Doing things bit by bit will help you improve and will aid your overall confidence in the subject. However, don’t get too caught up on topics you are struggling with. Focusing too much on a certain topic can detrimental to the other topics. Keep working on everything, just do a few extra questions here and there to improve your weaker topics.

For a guide on how to revise click here to read my article on revision. I leave you with tis quote from the great Leonardo Da Vinci,

“Learning does not exhaust the mind.”

Keep going with the revision even if it appears to be slowly killing you. You’ll be fine according to Da Vinci and if there is anyone who ever knew what he was talking about, it was Leonardo Da Vinci.