Have you ever wondered why some students do well on a test more than the others? It is reasonable to assume that all students with the same physiological brains would perform the same way. A lot goes into determining how well a student can perform on a test. Here, I discuss some of the factors that may be responsible for the discrepancies observed in students’ test performance (Given that I.Q and other environmental factors are constant)
To start with, the ability of a student to manage time is very crucial to determining the outcome of any test undertaken by him. Doing the first thing first can be helpful to a student as he daily faces many challenges and deadlines to meet. The inability of a student to juggle different tasks within a limited time can impact negatively on the outcome of a test. If students can focus on managing their time well and doing the first thing first, they would be more confident of doing well on a test.
Another critical factor is procrastination. Students who perpetually shelve tasks to be done later almost always get little done. It is not advisable that students wait until last minute to complete their assignments; this habit will eventually make them turn in a substandard effort and do poorly on a test. A well-organized study habit could potentially determine whether a student will do well on a test or not and it can be beneficial as students begin to transit from high school to college to graduate school – three different worlds!
More importantly is how a student responds to fear. From experience, students who are continually nursing fear don’t do well on an exam. Lack of self-esteem or confidence can prevent a student from performing well on the test. The very thought of not being able to succeed is enough to make a student fail an exam. It is pertinent to know that if you must perform well on a test, you need to first believe in yourself and know that what you have studied will be helpful on the test you are preparing for.
Overall, we all have the same physiological brain; we are all brilliant from birth. If we must prevent those bad grades, we must imbibe all the good habits of time management, high self-esteem and stop procrastinating. The person that got the highest score in your class last time doesn’t have an extraordinary brain; he probably was only able to manage his time and organized his studies more than others.