How to use your talents to achieve higher grades P1

April 7, 2016

At GCSE, every inch is a mile: Use your unique talents to achieve higher grades Part I

Use your talents and abilities to get higher grades in school

Everyone has something they love to do. You may not consider it a talent or even a hobby but it can be considered that way. We all learn differently and we must remember that a lot of things we like and skills we have are transferrable between subjects. Many can be used across the board to get you better grades.

Below are a just a few examples of different types of student you could be and outlines of how you can put your unique talent(s) to good use.

The Artist

If art is your thing then you are in luck; this is an easy one to apply to revision. A flair for art and design is great and can allow real passion to flow whilst you write up your notes. If you are a particularly visual learner, create flash cards for yourself.

Even in subjects that seem a million miles away from art, e.g. maths, you can still employ some of your artistic flair to make something that will stand out not only on your wall but in your mind.

Whatever your approach, your room will also look pretty colourful by the end of exam season, and perhaps you can keep your work for the next one, or pass it on to someone it will help.

The Reader

If you absorb information in a bookish kind of way, never fear. It is easy to think ‘Hey, I like books!’ but then you receive your Business Studies book and are bored to tears. For subjects such as English and History you are probably a shoe-in; you have enjoyed the texts and subject matter and those exams will come easily.

Often, learners of this disposition have an aversion for more linear studies, e.g. maths and Business. But this doesn’t mean you can’t apply your skills to a subject you don’t like.

One way to make these subjects more ‘you’ is to find case studies that illustrate the point of the equation/model that you are trying to understand. Read these, recreate their story in your head, then contextualise it. Disliking a subject doesn’t mean you can’t learn it; you just need to approach it differently.

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