Updated: Feb 2

There is surely an explainable reason why you're here. You either just got in results of your term papers, and scored much lesser than you expected, or you had a moment of self-realization, knowing it was time to take your academics seriously. Either ways, by the end of this page, I hope you find some motivation to study and discover new innovative tips that increase your chances at better grades!


So, the billion dollar question here is, what do scholars do differently from most students to get great grades?

Through this page, I'll tell you some common mistakes average students make and how you can potentially rectify them.


This is one of the major blunders most school students make. You ever study straight for 3 hours but fail at recalling any of the content a couple minutes later?

Possibly, yes. Here's why:

It is scientifically proven that the average attention span of a teenager between 14 - 18 is no more than of 45 minutes, not that it should demotivate you to focus for longer periods, but practically looks at the larger picture.

So what should you do exactly? Instead of setting goals that "I want to study for a good 4 hours" set your goal as, "I need to complete my Chemistry chapter 4 portions and English assignments." When you set something specific to content rather than time; firstly - you eliminate wasting time thinking what to do, and are naturally going to be more focused, and secondly - your brain will treat time as your second priority, meaning that even if it would take an extra 15 minutes to finish something, your mind would subconsciously agree as the task is more goal oriented.


I know, as cliché as it seems, after hundreds of trails and errors, this practice, has indeed proven to be a very effective one. Here's why:

Firstly, you are likely to hear more useful content that may not be mentioned about in your 'textbook', and in that case remember to note it down somewhere.

Secondly, clarifying your doubts on the spot are the best way to get thorough with concepts and eliminate the whole piling up the questions for the eleventh hour process.

pro tip: to indulge more actively in class, try being a more enthusiastic participant by asking questions, talking to peers about the topic, etc.


Yes, practice can be monotonous. Annoying. Very attractive to procrastinate to. But here's the crazy thing - learning your content is only half your preparation. Training your mind to be able to execute that learned concepts is the real deal. Research has shown that barely 5% of the student community actually practices in the week prior to their exams, most are busy cramming textbooks and completing notes last minute.

Practicing past papers and various kinds of worksheets, not only gives you a clearer idea of the structure of questions, but also helps you be more confident about writing your exam.

If you're from the IGCSE board, click here to access some of the past papers according to your subject.


If you already have a study table, great! But, if you don't, fix yourself a specific chair and table that you will solely use for studying. Now, why is this important?

Psychology says that, when you repeatedly sit at the same place and do similar activities, your brain gets used to it; or you could say, registers and associates it. So for example, when you set up a corner for studying, after a couple of days you'll notice that you're doing your work better and more efficiently in that place than anywhere else. This is because your brain would gradually gets used to a specific environment and gets trained for its purposes.

Second, timings. How many of you study at night? 90% of the student prefer studying at night compared to morning, which is great, but you need to fix your schedules and other routines accordingly. Many researches will say that morning sessions are more effective than nights, but honestly, having experienced both sides of it, I think both are just fine, considering your mindset and mood at the time.


Now when I say listen to music, I do not mean rap and pop songs. If you're doing that, even while writing notes, you should stop! It's the last thing a student should do while studying. It will not only distract you but tempt you to sing along the lyrics and dance an hum, which sure is not good when you're trying to study.

Click here to access one of the best study music playlist which:

a) increases attention span

b) relieves stress, makes you feel relaxed (best for exam preparation)

c) helps you focus

d) Improves performance in high-pressure situations, such as mid-terms and finals week


To summarize:

  1. Quality over Quantity

  2. Pay Attention in Classes

  3. Practice till the end

  4. Fix a study place and time

  5. Listen to Classical or relaxing music


Please complete your homework on time! One of the most important elments to getting closer to acing your papers.


Remember, making effective notes, your willingness to score good, your state of mind, your intentions, your hard work, your consistency and your determination: all play a vital role in helping you succeed and do well in your high school!

Lastly, if this genuinely helped you, please share it with everybody you care for and would like to help to ace their semester too!

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