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Monday, 7 November 2016

Exam Preparation Tip No. 16

SEEK HELP FROM OTHERS

If you struggle with a section of the material or the entire subject in general, seek help from people that do understand it. You will benefit greatly by learning from others. Do not be afraid to ask questions and make sure that they explain it clearly so that you grasp it. If you still struggle to understand it, ask them to elaborate or to explain it in a different way if possible. Do not fear them or worry about what they might think of you if you ask questions. There are no stupid questions, and by keeping quiet you will only cause yourself to become more distressed in the end, since most of the work builds on previous knowledge. If we just accept the world as it is and never ask questions, no great discoveries or inventions would ever see the light of day. As William Arthur Ward put it: “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”

It might be a good idea to organise a study group and arrange study dates where you can all come together and discuss the work that you have first studied individually. That way you can ask questions and learn from each other. Don’t be afraid of explaining the work to someone else, because that way you can test yourself to find out how well you know the material. It is good to have conversations about the topic, to share tips and study methods. Remember not to get distracted and start conversations that are irrelevant to the work, otherwise you will be wasting your and your study partners’ valuable time.

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