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Revision Tips

sats1The exam storm cleared as January passed by. So before the exam-effects wear off, let me enlighten your minds with some techniques I used during the past revision season.

First of all, after June, it was so hard to get back on the saddle. The idea that you have to reopen the books that you thought you won’t be needing anymore really bummed me out. It took so many days and a lot of inspiration, motivation blah blah to start the ignition. I asked several people how they had nailed their exams. Hearing the answers, “read the notes and do past papers” repeatedly was depressing too. Well it’s not their fault ‘cause that’s pretty much what you have to do.

But the method could be brought about in different ways.

  1. Research Method

Take Biology Unit 4. There are a lot of similar questions relating to DNA, like one gene many polypeptide theory, genetic code explanation, role of transcription etc. Sometimes they may ask “Explain the structure of DNA.” In one paper it may be for 3 marks while the other it’s for 6 marks. And the marking points required will also be different. So this really annoyed me. It was so frustrating to get the answers I have written wrong each time. Because no matter how good you think you are writing you will end up missing some marking points.

So here’s the trick. Read all the notes related to DNA. I read from Stafford book this time as I couldn’t get the textbook. Stafford book is fine to revise shortly if you understand the concept in detail. So after you read, take a notebook and start doing questions related to DNA only. Start from Jan 2011 so that as you reach your way up to June 2015, you will observe the flow. Usually the questions in older papers are easier than recent ones.

You can take the questions in the notebook and write YOUR ANSWERS in a rough notebook. Then check the mark scheme to see what they have expected. Write the MARK SCHEME ANSWERS as it is under your question. Don’t forget to include the marks. Keep doing it until you finish all the DNA questions up to June 15.

Now you can easily see what the mark scheme expects from you. You can compare that same question with different marks and see what to include more and what not. And some days later you can look at the questions and guess the points too. So every time you see the questions you don’t have to search the answers from your phone/comp.

You can also keep one or two recent papers untouched until you can revise the whole unit completely. Then sit down freshly and time you while you do a paper.


Research Method 2

Take chemistry 4 for instance. And start from June 11. For chemistry I went in the order of topics. First it was Rate. After reading the notes I did all the questions relating to Rate. If you start seeing all the similar questions in one place it becomes really easy to compare them. See the following example question.

equilibrium It was hard to understand it first. Then I saw a similar one in another paper. And there was another one in section B (or C). So I brought them together and tackled them.

Don’t lose touch

Make a timetable and stick to it. (easier said than done right?) exactly. No matter how hard you try to find time, sometimes the sun sets and ends the day before you know it. But everyday do SOMETHING. Even a teeny tiny bit. Because if you stop for one day, it will be difficult to continue the next. And soon it will turn into an unproductive week.

Examination Reports

These are very useful stuff. Collect all the exam reports and as you do questions go through these too. It will help you to see how to approach the questions. You can see the common mistakes they have done and get some useful examiner tips.


Make Short notes.

Highlighters, sticky notes, colourful markers blah blah. Sounds fantastic eh? Well, do what interests you. What I did was use as I read stuffs, and as I did questions I noted down the frequently asked definitions, experimental procedures and very ….well, important looking stuff. So later as the exam nears up, you can read these notes and be satisfied.


Watch YouTube Videos

Now you don’t have to worry about having a hard time imagining how some processes occur. Just google it. For example if you can’t just grasp the idea of  DNA fragments being separated on a gel or amino acids separating on a chromatogram, just watch the video. It will be helpful.

It’s a huge platform for so many students to share their doubts and get it cleared. I came across it and was very determined to make good use of it. But end up not posting a single doubt. So don’t be lazy like me and make good use of it ok?

Group Study or Pair Study

It’s easy to lose motivation. Especially when you are re-sitting an exam. So surround yourself with people who inspires you and encourage you to keep going when you are at the weakest point. I’m glad I had you this time even though we couldn’t do that much group study. 🙂


So basically it’s doing the same questions in one place and seeing how you mess up and learning from it.

I want to thank all the teachers who helped me this time as well. The time that you had simply spared was more than what I deserved. Thank you and I ‘m sure your efforts weren’t wasted. Thank you my book lenders again for your lovely contribution. If it wasn’t for you I would have done horribly.


So don’t wait for the last minute! Start prepping for June Hurricane!

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Types Of Invigillators

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Alright, so you are all set to go for an exam huh? Revised thoroughly, got ready on time, got all the materials needed and there you go! All prepped and ready to kick that bundle of stapled sheets. But as you start your exam, you are faced with a much bigger challenge. I’m sure we all went through the “torture” of the Exam Police.

Please note that this post is not meant to hurt anyone. But hey, it could help improve your invigilating skills.

The “silent” whisperers

You really think we can’t hear you guys, don’t ya?

Okay, so you are whispering to your fellow colleague right in front of the students. It bothers us alright? Some invigilators talk non stop, all throughout the exam. The poor victims are normally at the very front or at the very back.

Jingle Bells

The bracelets with bells or the shoes with tip-tap sound is also such a pain. They walk and walk and soon that rythym will be fixed in your brain. The numbers will start to read off like a beat. Please don’t do that. Wear some silent shoes or don’t walk unnecessarily too much.

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The hover-ers

Don’t you just hate it when they come and stare at your exam paper while you try very hard to crack a tough equation? Or when you are writing an essay don’t you feel embarrassed to write what you are going to write about. So please, dear invigilators, don’t hover over the students. Just keep your distance and observe us from afar okay?  If you sense something suspicious you can fly over there.


The type who cannot stop walking! I mean from beginning to end, especially when you are doing your exam in a small classroom, just imagine how difficult it would be when he paces up and down the aisle non-stop. It’s as if he’s in a world of his own and is completely oblivion to his surroundings. Exercise is important, we get it. But get a gym will ya?

The Ghosts

When you really are in need of them, they are nowhere to be seen sometimes. And you just sit there craning your neck to see if he is there or not. Or even when he is there right outside the classroom we don’t have the nerve to call out to him. Instead you just stay with one arm raised, hoping that he will look up and notice you. And pray to god that he will see you before the time is up.

Absent Minded

So you are there standing in front of the students doing god knows what.


The Crunchers

Enjoying your little snacks over there, aren’t you? Its ok, but please don’t make loud crunching noise when you eat your “Bubbly” or “fehi mugu”.  We won’t mind if you share some though.


Why am I complaining? So peaceful without them walking and talking and jingling right? Yeah, but hello! You are here to make sure no one cheats. So eyes on the hall people!


My hero

When our papers fly away and the pencils start rolling down the desk, we really appreciate you coming to get it.


Anything else you want to add to the list? What type irritates you the most?


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Prefect Camp

11999990_887374488017641_1491228029_nWe had been planning to host a prefect day since a long time ago. In fact it was in our mind since the last prefect day that was held in our school. The challenging part was to think of a better one than the previous year. So we held a brainstorming session and sparked up lots of brilliant-silly ideas. We thought of making a children’s evening with different stalls, an ice-cream selling day, and picnic trip to a nearby island. We even thought of a “Prefect-teacher day” where all the prefects can pretend to be teachers and teach in classes. The thing we wanted to do most was to camp in an island but there were some technical problems. So at the end it all came down to a weekend camp at school! We planned like crazy to get everything done in time, juggling home works, extra classes, exams and everything else. But it all went down great.

Everyone arrived at 4:15 on Friday evening. It was so fun to see everyone coming with heavy backpacks, mats and sleeping bags with excited looks on their faces. I can still remember how thrilled I was about the fact that the three of us were going to lead this camp.

After the campers had put their belongings in their “camping site” they gathered around us.  The three of us sorted them into 4 groups and gave them ribbons to be tied on their wrist. We explained them the rules and the agenda of the camp.collage-2015-09-08 (2)

So the first event was the Treasure Hunt. The group who finds all the clues and finds the final treasure will get the prize. Treasure hunt was so fun to watch. Everyone was running around, dashing up and down the stairs, climbing the trees and turning everything upside down. We even put fake clues in places where it will be really difficult to reach. So by the time they get it, they will realize all the climbing was for nothing. Ha-ha!  Within minutes they were all breathless. They required a little bit of assistance in solving the riddles. As I recall it was the orange team who won.

The next big event was a barbeque that night. Before that we freshened up, prayed Maqrib, recited and hung out with each other. I was pranked by two of my friends. (lets not go there). We played small games in the hall like, lava baazy and miming and stuff. It was so fun, shouting and laughing and messing around.

But it was such a bummer, because it started raining and it was really difficult to get the barbecue done. But after what seemed like a million years of starvation we managed to get some chicken legs and sausages. We thank the hardworking team for preparing it including the ladies who got all the roshi prepared. Thank you!

So after dinner we all went to “sleep”. I’m not sure how much sleep they got ‘cause I slept for like 2 hours. I don’t know about the other grades but let me tell you a bit about what happened in our room. 😉

After having some midnight snacks and talking a bit, some went to sleep. I sure couldn’t because I and some friends were too busy laughing about the “Uh-uhoon” moment that evening. Plus the “Burugaa fiasco” too ;). Then my side kick and I planned to paint all their faces with lipstick before they wake up. We managed to give some great make-overs for some of them. I didn’t feel sleepy but decided to get an hour or two of sleep because the next morning there was going to be a tough exercise drill by cadets. So I dozed off, but was woken up when I felt the flash of camera on my eyes. I covered my face just in time. My evil side kick back stabbed me and painted my face too!!! Ha-ha. And some idiot kept “Bangi-govanings” all throughout the night. 😉

IMG_8166Day 2

Rise and Shine! Hurry lets go to the cadet exercise drill. Boy was that hilarious! But a bit tiring to do all that ridiculous exercises! It was fun screaming and cheering for your group members to finish the race.

After breakfast, we cleaned the hall a bit for the first aid session. It was my first, first-aid class, so I was extremely thrilled. After a bit of theory, they showed us how to put the patient in the safety position and how to do CPR. The whole session was very informative.

Then after some snacks and juice there was a life skill program by two teachers from our school. We played some games and prepared skids in that session. Going home for lunch pretty much killed the camp feeling but it was the best thing to do. After lunch, we had a fire fighting class, including the practical as well. It was so exhilarating to lay the blanket over that roaring fire!

After that, we played some games, like slow cycling, getting out of circle game and relay. Everyone was very tired and sleepy after all the activities. After having evening tea in the hall it was time to go home.

Well that’s the overview. Now let’s draw the back curtains and see what’s behind there.

Yes! We know, we know it didn’t reach up to your expectations. We know it wasn’t as cool as you had hoped. We know at sometimes you were all very bored, tired and sleepy. But we did the best we could; given the time frame we had to plan it. The three of us did it by juggling home works, extra classes, exams and everything else. We spent the whole Friday morning placing the clues all around the school, cleaning the classrooms, and preparing all the necessary things. We are really sorry for not giving you the camp of a lifetime. But hey, in every event there are positive points and negative ones right?

And I hope you don’t regret that weekend. Because everything is an experience, be it good or bad. You had all surely gotten some experience with living with different people, sharing a bathroom and sleeping place. And who knows, one day you may have to plan a camp so now you know what and what not to give importance.

Even though it was the school captain, the other deputy captain and I who arranged the whole thing, we couldn’t have done it without a lot of helping hands. For example, our beloved Abdulla Sir, for being there for us to provide all sorts of help in numerous occasions. Plus the awesome people who made the juice, roshi and the hardworking team of guys who helped with the barbecue.  Moreover I would like to thank the group of teachers who stayed on guard while we slept safely in the school. Thanks guys!