Less Than Expected Scores In Exam, What Next?

Our school lives can only be fully described as a roller coaster ride, sometimes we are above things and sometimes not so much. You may end up with a less than perfect score in your advanced level mathematics exams, and it feels disappointing.

But you can’t just leave it at that, can you? Mathematics is too important in many subject areas. Whether you need to right your exam scores for furthering your education or you need to showcase it in your CV, you have the opportunity to re-sit for the exams.

You can re-sit for any advanced level exam aka A-level exams if there is a need to, and as many times as possible, there doesn’t seem to be any age restrictions on them or limit to how many times you can rewrite those exams. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a fresh student or an adult, you can re-sit for the exams anytime.

But every time you have to re-sit for an A-level exam, don’t rely on independent study simply because “you have been there”, consider taking the lectures, this is especially so when there is a change in the maths syllabus of that year.

While there are lots of reasons anyone could fail an exam, being well prepared way ahead of time by studying, revising and going through the exam timetable early can improve your chances.

You may have to re-sit an exam if you didn't get the grades you need to graduate to the next level.
There is no limit to how many times you can re-sit for an exam. Source: Unsplash.com

But nevertheless, the opportunity to re-sit is there, should you ever need it.

Students retake exams for many reasons, sometimes it's because they didn’t revise enough, sometimes because they didn’t get the appropriate grades they needed to go further, and sometimes its things outside of their control such as sickness.

It could also be that they struggled with the course content, unable to grasp it well.

If you miss an exam, there is hardly any chance you will be given a second chance, since exams that are carried out nationwide cannot be shifted to a later date just for one student, there is no choice but to re-sit for the exams the following year.

When you are about to write your exams, give it your all, because a mathematics qualification is key to moving forward in your education and beyond.

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Getting Your Timetable An Preparing For The Exams

Prepare Yourself Mentally

Accepting you are about to sit for an exam will go a long way to mentally prepare you for the pressure that usually crops up during exam times, and it is the first step to dealing with exam stress.

It is hard to come to terms with the fact that you are about to write an exam that will determine whether you will go onto the next level or not. It is admittedly scary for many, and this could quickly result in unwanted anxiety.

Try to think of it as normal, but don’t overthink it as this may also cause you unnecessary stress and distract you from learning.

Find The Syllabus And Timetable

The next step in preparing yourself is by actively getting resources for the exam, like a timetable for instance, even if a provisional one, because it will prompt you to have reading goals.

The timetable and exam syllabus are essential tools for students to use to study for an exam, it provides them with specific targets or actionable objectives to concentrate on.

There are apps that can help you stay focused before and during the exam period, be careful what you download to your phone though, some have ads that may end up distracting you.

Only download reputable apps, check their reviews before downloading to your phone. Check out School Planner app, it literally has hundreds of functions to let you plan your daily school activities, set reminders, customize your timetable, prepare for assignments and exams, and lots more. Check them out on Google Play Store.

If you prefer to go old-school, striking out days on your calendar will work too.

Android apps can help you with your maths exams.
Android and iOS apps can help you stay on top of your game during exam time, apps that help you save time and those that help you plan your timetable. Source: Pixabay.com

Try not to wallow in negative thoughts because of the exams, look on the bright side, you will be heading to a more exciting, upper level in your education.

How To Find My Exam Timetables

Unlike the regular school exams whereby your timetables are provided by the school authorities, advanced level exams and other national exams such as WAEC/WASSCE and NECO need you to individually download your timetable, needless to say it takes time to release.

The school or center you will be writing at may or may not provide you with the timetable, it’s up to them, but what you must surely do is get your own copy of the timetable.

Before the release of the actual exam timetable many drafts may be provided by the government and exam boards, so be sure to stay informed for when the main timetable is released.

Despite the exams taking time before they start, we would recommend you cancel any travel plans or social outings that you may have around the time of the commencement of the exams, just to be on the safe side.

Indulging in such things might cause you unnecessary stress, distract you from revision, and leave you feeling less focused.

What Happens If I Miss An Exam?

Being absent on any exam could result in you failing the entire course. Years of study thus goes to waste.

Of course, there is the chance to re-sit the exam, but it is not worth it if you can't make it to the exams, even if it’s entering into the hall late, examiners understand when you run into difficulty that is beyond your control, they allow students some extra time if that happens. Silly excuses cannot sway the examiners, so keep that in mind.

Luckily you don’t have to sit around and wait till the following year to retake your exams if you missed it, some advanced level exams are written twice in the same year. Cambridge A-Level is an excellent example, registrations are open May/June and October/November.

Why Knowing Your Timetable In Advance Can Improve Your Chances

A timetable provides you with a great overview of what your next few weeks will look like, using that information, you can strategize and plan how you are going to study and revise for your upcoming exams. Being able to visualize your day-to-day puts your mind at ease.

Let’s look into a few merits of getting the timetable beforehand.

Keeps You Organized

It’s the first most important feature of a timetable, it helps you stay organized, and it serves as a revision guide. If you have a timetable you won’t simply be reading because it’s good for you and what not, you will have a target and an end goal.

It Is A Reminder

In our age of electronic gadgets and fast internet connections, you can easily get distracted while studying. You may see a notification from a messaging app about a party, and surely, you would want to pop in.

Only that with your timetable posted on the wall next to your face, it’s hard to ignore the fact that you have to stay home and study. It is a constant reminder that an exam is just around the corner.

Makes You Productive

Following your timetable while studying for exams, saves you a ton of effort that would otherwise be wasted trying to decide on what to study. This ensures that you are focused, productive, and as a result, you will study effectively.

Use the timetable to plan your independent revision sessions and daily educational activities, you can set aside time to study with a group of friends or with a tutor.

Hire A Maths Tutor

Getting a tutor who is far more experienced than you to teach you the ropes will bolster your confidence in the subject, especially where maths is concerned. You can hire an independent tutor to help with your studies throughout the year or just within the exam period.

Maths tutors can be of immense help to your education.
It may be time you call upon the help of a maths tutor. They can bolster your confidence in a subject. Source: Unsplash.com

Use the timetable to schedule lesson times. The added confidence and knowledge that you have really come to grips with complicated mathematics equations will greatly improve your mood positively. You will be less nervous and less stressed going into the exam hall.

The moment you are given the timetable, don’t forget to give your parents or guardian a copy, it will prepare them for what is to come, and they will support you and help you to get organized for the exams. Having the timetable will help your parents understand why you may feel apprehensive during that period in your life, and they can thus provide you with psychological support to help manage your unease.

So, whether you are taking the exams for the first time or re-sitting the exams, remember, preparing yourself mentally, psychologically and academically is the key to scoring good grades, so it's imperative you get your hands on the timetable early on and start revising.

If you are well-prepared you won’t be stressed because of the exams, in fact, you will be confident throughout this, admittedly, nerve-wracking experience. So, remember to revise, relax, and be positive. Good luck!

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Hafiz

Hafiz is a freelance writer who has an appetite for creativity and smart tech. He also dabbles in poetry.