Ever heard that it is easy to pass your KCSE exams? Well, it's not. People who tell you that getting a good grade on your university entrance exams is easy are lying to you and taking you for a ride for whatever reason.
To get good grades, you have to work for them, and here on this page we are giving you a guideline list for what you can do to get the grade that you want in your KCSE. But remember, you will not get the grade that you want if you don't work for it. Rather you'll get the grade that you deserve.
Do you know why revision is important for exams?
There are many revision techniques, some of which are more effective than others.
One of the most ineffective ways of revising for exams is reading and re-reading notes over and over again. Reading notes is well and good as it allows you to understand the topical concepts that you need to know. However, reading through your class notes over and over again does not allow you to practice or identify gaps in your knowledge.
Take, for example, the compulsory subjects like maths, English, and Kiswahili.
It's not only hard to read notes for these compulsory subjects over and over, and then you assume that you have all the knowledge at your fingertips.
You have to practice again and again to really understand the concepts, and even then you still have to do a gap analysis to be self-aware of what you know and what you do not know. That way, you can revise harder on what you don't know.
That does not only apply for compulsory subjects but all categories. The point is, while reading notes is a good initial first step, it should not be your only step.
Remember, the sooner you start preparing, the better off you'll be when the D-day comes. It doesn't matter if you haven't always been the best student, if you typically do not do well at school, or if you never pay attention to the teacher. The point is, regardless of how bad your results have formerly been, you can change all that, but first you have to be bothered.
You need to want to become a better student so as to have more options in the future. Life is tough, and having good grades gives you many options. First decide that you want to get those good grades, then put in the work.
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I remember vividly studying for my KCSE exams, and I can say with certainty that group studying was what helped me get an excellent grade.
The primary learning and teaching style in Kenya has a teacher in front of you (the students) telling you facts and showing you new concepts. This serves as a good way to get an introduction to new concepts and also serves to clarify difficult points.
However, a teacher can only give you so much in the limited time that they have in front of the classroom to teach a certain subject. That's why you have to take the initiative and study.
There are various study tactics that you, as a student, can use in your studies outside of the lessons taught by the teacher, including self-study and group study.
Studying on your own has its advantages, a major one being that it allows you to customize your learning to suit your specific needs.
However, in this final stretch as you prepare to do your KCSE 2022 exams, group studying can be a really effective study technique.
It should be noted, however, that in order to participate in a group study, you must first have read the specific topic on your own. Have at the minimum a general idea of what you will be discussing at a particular time in the study group.
As you prepare for your KCSE 2022 exams you have limited time to go through alot of content. That's where group studying comes into play.
Group studying makes it easier to ensure studying actually happens at the scheduled times by creating a feeling of shared responsibility.
If, like me, you find yourself easily distracted or bored when studying alone, then group study is for you. By being in a group, you hold each other accountable, which ensures that you study when you say you will.
As they say, three minds are better than one, and in a group, the various members can help you clarify points that you find difficult.
Sometimes, you may find that you do not understand a point no matter how hard you try, at least not without clarification.
It's not your fault though.
Everyone has different weaknesses and strengths, and being part of a group allows each member to help others with areas where they may have a better understanding.
If you find yourself in a position where you have to clarify points for other group members, don't feel frustrated or as if they are wasting your time or slowing you down.
Helping others helps you as it provides you with the opportunity to, in essence, teach the rest of the group, which has been proven as an effective way of ensuring that you retain that information.
Group discussions ensure that mistakes and misunderstandings in the material are much less likely to happen as each individual in the group acts as a kind of sieve as the information passes through and between the various members of the group, thus enabling you to clarify points and sort each other's mistakes and misunderstandings.
Sometimes you may find yourself thinking that you won't be able to learn something and thus get frustrated and give up, especially when solo studying.
With group studying, though, you may find yourself not getting something and getting frustrated. The other members will support, simplify the problem, and encourage you so that you don't despair and give up.
The various members of the group act as each other's moral support and, with the KCSE exams being as big a deal as it is, I'm sure you need a little bit of that external motivation and encouragement that comes from being part of a dedicated study team.
Preparing for the KCSE 2022 exams is especially stressful.
First, there is a lot of material that you have to cover (all the materials from form 1 up to form 4), and then there is the short amount of time you have to cover it in. Being part of a group consisting of dependable individuals that you can study with and be vulnerable around can sometimes make all the difference.
For more effective group studying, let your group not be super big. A group of fewer than five individuals is ideal. I would especially recommend a group of 3 individuals as it is easier to manage and organise. Also, make sure that you create a group with individuals who are motivated and have the same goals as you.
Remember to also do some solo studying to supplement and compliment the group studying efforts.
Group studying isn't for everyone, so don't feel like you have to push yourself to do it.
Just because it worked for me doesn't mean it will work for you, as we all have individual learning styles and study preferences.
All that matters is that you consistently study and improve to pass your KCSE 2022 exams.
If you end up here, I want to say, thank you for reading this article! ♥
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