Tips to Ace the IGCSE

Tips to Ace the IGCSE

Is excelling in the upcoming IGCSE the biggest concern for you right now? Are you scared that in the examination hall, you might forget everything that you studied? Here, we have put in a few points to follow that might help you perform well in the exam.


A Brief Overview

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), a two-year program, is the undertaking of The University of Cambridge and the UK government. Its examination is held across the globe. Students affiliated to the same have to appear for the examination after completion of the 10th standard in school. A relevant qualification is awarded to the students for each subject they take. The IGCSE prepares students to pursue higher academic qualifications. 



The IGCSE Scare

IGCSE is usually the first international exam in a student’s career. Hence, it is quite a common picture to see students scared of it. Like in any other exam, the basic knowledge regarding IGCSE needs to be clear to the students. Otherwise, it might turn out to be a huge problem in the examination hall. In fact, this is applicable for any exam. So, understanding the concepts is extremely important for the students. Here are a few points that might help you in the process. 



Tips to study for IGCSE

Don't be scared of the length of the list, I'm sure you are practicing half of them already. Check out if you have missed any. 



  • At the beginning of the term, go through the syllabus carefully. This will give you an idea as to what you are going to deal with.
  • Make a timetable for every day. Chalk out how much time you need to put into each subject.
  • Remember you need to study hard at the earliest, so that no extra pressure builds up later.
  • Don't get nervous because this will result in exam-phobia, the last thing that you might want to happen to you.
  • Put in a minimum of six hours for studying each day. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • Analyze what you have learned. Appear for mock tests.
  • Segregate the subjects, which you think need improvement. Look at your grades in class tests. Your report card will tell you which subjects you are weak in. Put in some extra time and effort for those.
  • Do not hesitate to ask your teacher to clarify your concepts. If you do not understand anything in class, raise your hand and ask. You can also clarify your doubts from the teacher after the class.
  • Group studies is also quite beneficial. You could arrange for one with your friends after class. Group study helps in clarifying doubts in an easy manner. You would also get to know about your friend's problems and solve them together. It helps in understanding the topics more easily and you would not get bored.
  • Do not skip your homework. You would be up-to-date on your studies if you do them meticulously.
  • Try to get your hands on the previous IGCSE exam question papers. This would help you get an idea of what you are up for. Solve them. If you face any problems with any of the questions, ask your teachers.
  • Look through the answer papers of the previous exams that you have taken. You might find some of them littered with mistakes and some squeaky clean of them. You know what to head for after that. Understand the mistakes you have made and rectify them, so as not to repeat them ever again.
  • Practice is the key. Go through the topics you have already finished two months back. There could be a few things that you might have forgotten. Look through them and revise.
  • Write down what you learn. The more you write, the more you learn. This would help in remembering the topics that you are covering.
  • Concentrate while you study. Do not let your mind wander to what is happening in the playground or the T.V. show that you are missing.
  • Take breaks between studies. Studying for long hours is not healthy for your mind.


How to handle exam-stress?


It is very common to feel nervous before the exams. Don't let it get the better of you. Try to keep calm and follow the tips we have chalked out for you.

  • Sleep well. Do not lose your sleep over 'What if I can't remember anything in the exam hall?' or 'Have I studied enough?'. You might actually come to a dead end if you do not get enough sleep.
  • Eat adequately before the exam. You do not want your stomach growling during the exam.
  • Talk with someone about your stress — your parents, your teachers, friends, or anyone you feel you can talk to.
  • Avoid negative thoughts.
  • Be organized and keep all the stationery that you need for the exam ready the night before.
  • Do not study new topics the night before the exam. This would mess up what you already know.
  • Do not panic in the exam hall. Read the question paper thoroughly before answering, so that you do not misinterpret the questions and end up writing irrelevant answers.
  • Refrain from cheating or any other malpractice in the exam hall.

Having said all of that, remember the world isn't ending. It might seem like an apocalypse, but it isn't. So relax. If most of the points that I have jotted down is a check for you, then you surely are safe. So, happy studying! pic courtesy:


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