Hajji Matovu Fahim(left) and Mbajja Shafic Ahmed scored 20 pts in the 2013 UACE UNEB exams
Fahim (left) in caption and Nshabaruhanga Hamuzah (PCB/Submath) all
scored 20 points in the 2013 UNEB examinations. ICT paper 3 results are
still missing but the school is taking action with UNEB to have the
issue worked on. Final assesment of 2013 results are still under
analysis and all updates will be communicated shortly.
University courses are available in a vast and extensive range of
subjects, meaning students face one of the biggest choices available.
Picking a university course can, therefore, be a daunting prospect for
anyone – so how can you make sure you pick the best course for you?
A number of different factors will need to be considered when making
decisions concerning your university education and the biggest one of
these is over what course. Here are five of the main areas you should
give consideration to when choosing between University courses.
Does the course interest you?
This is perhaps the most important thing that you need to consider
and should always be answered in the positive. Studying a course which
you are not interested in will not benefit you in any way and could see
you struggle to achieve your degree qualification. Always consider which
subjects you like the most and determine where your strengths lie. Then
pick a course which is relevant to these areas. What are the job prospects for this course?
All university degrees are undertaken with the intention of securing a
better career at the end of study. Considering what job prospects are
linked to a specific course is therefore vital. Some courses, such as
Pharmacy, will lead to specific careers and jobs and are only suitable
for individuals with a desire to work within this role. Other courses,
such as English Literature, will offer a wider selection of job
prospects and are, therefore, better suited to those who do not have a
distinct career path in mind.
What is the assessment of the course?
How a course is assessed can influence how well you perform in it.
Some students prefer exam based assessments, whilst others prefer to be
assessed more on practical skills and presentations. It is, therefore,
important that you consider how you are graded for a course before
selecting it. Whilst this is not the most important consideration to
make, it is still important and students should always select the course
which will be best for them.
What options are available with the course?
Another consideration should be over what options are available with
the chosen course – such as how many compulsory and how many voluntary
modules there are.
Students should also consider whether they will have the chance to
undertake a split degree. This can be done either as an equal division,
where the degree will be written as ‘Subject A and Subject B’ (English
and History), or as an unequal division, where the student will ‘major’
in one subject and ‘minor’ in the other. This degree will be written as
‘Subject A with Subject B’, with the major subject always being written
first (i.e.; English with History).
Other options regarding degrees will also include whether there is an
option to undertake work placements and whether a ‘year out’ is part of
the format. This will affect the length of the degree, but can give
students the chance to gain a working knowledge and practical skills
alongside their theoretical, academic learning.
Everyone feels nervousabout taking
exams. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your revision
time and keep those nerves under control.
It’s important to remember that an examination is a test of learning, not
memory. Examinerswant to see evidence that you have drawn on your knowledge to
develop a reasoned argument, rather than replicate course notes and textbook facts.
Revision should be a process of consolidating understanding rather than cramming
as much information as possible before the morning of the exam.
1. Study skills
Where to study
Creating good conditions to study in can help you make the most of the time
you spend revising. Here are some suggestions:
Find a quiet place to study and make sure you are sitting comfortably
Make sure your desk is well lit
Keep background noise to a minimum
Avoid studying in an area where there will be distractions (like television!)
Have everything you need to do your revision to hand before you start
How to study
There is no ‘right way’ to revise, as long as the method you choose
enables you to gain a solid grasp of key facts and consolidate your knowledge.
Some students are happy to read their classroom notes from start to finish,
others prefer to simplify the information as much as possible, turning everything
into skeleton notes, diagrams or mnemonics. In practice, most students find
that mixing techniques suits the varied nature of the subjects being revised,
and provides essential variety when studying.
Turn your notes into revision tools;
write ideas and facts on to cards to use as ‘prompts’
create memory aids such as diagrams or mnemonics (e.g. initial letters
to make a word you need to remember or SMART objectives: Specific; Measurable;
Achievable; Realistic; Targets). These will help you remember key facts
write key facts/notes out and display these around the house where
you will see them
record yourself reading notes to listen to
Study with a friend and test each other’s knowledge, but remember
you are meeting to revise rather than to chat!
Work through past question papers – and use a watch to time them
so that you can practise timing your answers.
Choose study and revision guides sensibly. It’s not hard to find help
with revision – as well as established published revision guides, there
are hundreds of websites offering help and advice. The problem is not how
to find such help, but how to judge which is the best source for your needs.
Save valuable time and get recommendations from your teachers
Remember course notes are also a valuable source of extra help
Keep yourself more alert by changing revision methods during a session.
For instance, try switching from note taking to memorising; from reading to
asking someone to test you
Attend any revision classes that your teachers may be running at school
and get their advice on revision methods
Look after yourself – Sometimes revision can become a competition
– who stayed up latest, who worked longest, who’s worrying the
most. But the more tired you are the less efficiently you’ll work. You
need to rest as well as study, eat well, drink lots of water and make sure
you pace yourself. Don’t rush, and equally don’t over-revise by
doing too much too soon
2. Revision plan
The top tip for successful revision is to make a plan; otherwise it is easy
to waste your precious revision time. We recommend that you start your revision
at least six weeks before your exams begin. It is helpful to look at your exam
dates and work backwards to the first date you intend to start revising.
List all your exam subjects and the amount of time you think you will need
for each one. It is unlikely that the amounts will be equal. Many people find
it advisable to allocate more time to the subject or topics they find the
Draw up a revision plan for each week
Fill in any regular commitments you have first and the dates of your examinations
Use Revision Checklists or Syllabuses for each subject as a starting point.
Look at what you need to know and try to identify any gaps in your knowledge.
(A good way of doing this is to look at the results of past papers or tests
you have worked through)
Divide your time for each subject into topics based on the units in the
revision checklist or syllabus, and make sure you allow enough time for each
Plan your time carefully, assigning more time to subjects and topics you
Revise often; try and do a little every day
Plan in time off, including time for activities which can be done out in
the fresh air. Take a 5 or 10 minute break every hour and do some stretching
exercises, go for a short walk or make a drink
You may find it helpful to change from one subject to another at ‘break’
time, for example doing one or two sessions of maths and then changing to
Geography, or alternating a favourite subject with a more difficult one. It
helps to build in some variety
Write up your plan and display it somewhere visible
Adjust your timetable if necessary and try to focus on your weakest topics
Don’t panic; think about what you can achieve, not what you can’t.
Positive thinking is important!
3. Last-minute revision tips
Although time may be short, you can still make a difference to your grade. Try
and prioritise; do what you can.
Use your revision tools (prompts, diagrams etc) to check final facts
Keep calm and consolidate your existing knowledge rather than trying to
learn new topics
Don’t stay up all night revising; being overtired will not help you
to do your best
4. Dealing with exam nerves
It is natural to feel nervous before an examination. The more prepared you feel,
the easier it will be to conquer your fears.
Create a revision plan to help you feel in control of the process
Plan your work carefully around the topics you need to focus on. Being
aware of gaps in your knowledge can create nerves, but having a plan of how
you will fill these will make you feel better.
Find out what is involved in the exam:
where and when it will take place
how much time is allowed
how many questions you need to answer
Keep the exam in context – even if you do badly, there will be other
options open to you
Allow yourself some fun-time each day to relax
Eat sensibly – your brain cells need energy to function well. Make
sure you drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Dehydration makes
you tired and reduces concentration
5. Exam tips – sitting the exam
Be prepared; find out what is involved in each of the examinations that you
are going to sit. Organise yourself the night before and get plenty of sleep.
Check you have the correct equipment with you before you leave the house
(pens pencils, ruler, scientific calculator, etc)
Do take a watch or clock so that you can time your answers
Leave for the exam in plenty of time
Look through the paper first and mark difficult questions/initial thoughts
Select the questions that will best enable you to demonstrate your knowledge
to the examiner
Look at the marks available and read the questions carefully, following
instructions given in the paper (e.g. to show all workings, word limits etc)
Use the information provided on the paper (the answer’s often nearly
Pace yourself and allow enough time to answer all the required questions
Write as neatly as possible to help the examiner to mark your work. Marking
untidy writing is difficult
For longer answers, take a few minutes before you begin to produce a structured
plan of what you are going to include in each section
Allow yourself ten minutes at the end to read through your answers and
correct any mistakes
Cross out anything you do not want the examiner to read (e.g. an earlier
answer to a question)
6. Exam tips – after the exam
It is easy to fall in to the trap of wondering how well you performed and to
discuss this with your fellow students. Your time would be better spent looking
ahead to your next examination.
Don’t panic – you won’t be the only student who is anxious
about their answers
Don’t compare your answers with those of other students – this
can create negative feelings
Have some fresh air and food and take time to relax before you start revising
Don’t rush to your textbooks to check your answers – there
is no point at this stage
Focus on the next exam and how you might improve your exam technique
Have a quick look at your revision plan. Do you need to adjust it?