How to use your talents to achieve higher grades P2
April 7, 2016
At GCSE, every inch is a mile: Use your unique talents to achieve higher grades Part II
Below are more examples of different types of student you could be and outlines of how you can put your unique talent(s) to good use.
If you love science and how things are done in the lab then you are probably a methodical thinker. And that is no bad thing. You may find topics such as poetry and plays pointless but that doesn’t mean you can’t figure them out: in any subject you struggle with, apply the methodology you use in Science.
Utilise your logical way of thinking to apply your strengths to different topics. For example, Shakespeare’s plays in English. Write an ‘equipment’ list to name the play’s characters. Identify all of the play’s components (e.g. what makes it a tragedy, comedy etc.), its main actions and likely reactions, make your predictions of the play’s outcomes, then write your scientific report on the play once you’ve finished reading.
You could even collate the outcomes into charts and graphs if these visual aids are helpful, e.g. Macbeth’s rise and fall from Acts 1-5.
A mathematical mind is always revered as one with much control and complex understanding. If you prefer to work on graph paper and like solid, concrete answers, you can apply these skills to an array of subjects.
First, map out your revision notes on all topics the way you do with your Maths ones. Yes, not everything will fit completely but at least you will be in your comfort zone. You know you can learn in this sphere so use it to your advantage.
Where possible, try to apply maths theories to other subjects and see where these lead out; this will encourage you to consider and contextualise your ideas and learning, perhaps even in ways your teacher might not expect.
The Sports Star
If you love physical activity, whether in the gym or on the school football team, you have high levels of motivation. Dedication to a sport helps you to apply commitment to other areas of your life. It is a possibility, however, that your passion for physical activity makes you feel a little restless when it’s time for you to sit at a desk and study.
Sports are a test, first and foremost, of physical ability and often revolve around the idea of a game. Get someone to test you on subjects whilst you train, listen to audio books and podcasts while you work out, and encourage classroom games if your teacher will allow them. Use your love for games and competition to spur you into study.