The exam season is around the corner with the year-end examinations just honking their way through. This is a high-pressure time for students from all over the world and more so for students studying a curriculum as rigorous as that of The London School of Economics (LSE). LSE has been a long-standing pioneer in imparting a world-class education right since its inception. While it is highly competitive to get accepted at LSE, it is probably even harder to match the fast-paced, application-oriented modules aimed at creating future leaders.
The year-end LSE examinations, held by the school as a member institution of the University of London, are no cakewalk. They require intense preparation and dedication throughout the year, rather than last-minute mugging of concepts, as is most common in the Indian education system.
For students who are yet unfamiliar with the rigour of the LSE education, here are some tips and tricks you can apply to successfully attempt your examinations.
Understanding the reading material
Each course comes with its own set of readings and it is of utmost importance that you read through these week-wise. This enables you to understand core concepts on your own and if you do not understand something, you always have time to clarify your doubts in the lectures. In your exam, essays require you to present your answers in a clear and logical form; you can effectively do that if you have gone through multiple readings and thoroughly understand every aspect.
Once you have your readings in place, it is important to plan an outline of how you approach these. This especially works when you are revising before your examinations. Since you have already planned how to study, you know what are the focus areas and you are aware of what needs more time and effort. Planning ahead saves more time than you can generally estimate.
For subjects like mathematics and statistics, merely reading through the coursework won’t work. You have to continuously keep practising as there is no other way for you to understand how to solve a problem unless to regularly do it. For other theoretical subjects as well, you should attempt all formative assignments as they help in gaining valuable feedback from your teachers and professors on the areas you need to improve upon.
For some students, it is easier to study in groups where they can have discussions and clarify doubts immediately. The logic is, if you don’t understand a concept, chances are that some of your peers might. For similar reasons, ISBF has a Peer Review Tutoring programme where senior students teach their juniors under faculty supervision.
Apart from this, the students have a virtual learning environment (VLE) in a place where they can access learning materials related to their courses, including suggested readings, online journals, videos and lecture recordings, and also a discussion forum to interact with students from all over the world studying the same programme. You can always approach your professors for extra help in case you feel that some areas or some subject require an added amount of effort. Last but not least, it is important to take short breaks between studying sessions to keep the mind fresh and alert.
These examinations require a determined and dedicated focus; if you have been used to rote learning the night before the exams, it’s time to turn over a new leaf!