Have a burning desire. When there's a will, there's a way!
Set very high standards. Try to get full marks in each and every subject. Assume that other candidates are better than you.
Take the bull by the horns. Give whatever it takes.
Be exam-oriented. Make sure you have all the existing CIE resources at hand.
Be diligent, consistent, attentive and obedient.
Work as many past papers as possible. Practice makes perfect! Make sure you know your syllabus and the marking criteria.
Read books, magazines and local and international newspapers. Write relevant, well-thought and original responses. Never use bombastic words. Make sure you know what the examiners expect from you.
Literature in English
Learn to recognise the author's literary methods and their effects in the play, novel or poem. Remember that language is the most significant assessment objective. Write thought-provoking and original responses. Make sure you know the syllabus and the marking criteria.
Keep abreast of the local and international key events. When you write, be concise in both papers. As much as possible, try to avoid redundancy and pleonasm. For Paper 1, write in a simple, effective, clear and accurate manner. Provide sufficient exemplification as support and evidence to your arguments. Write a well-structured and coherent essay. Write relevant, original and critical responses. For Paper 2, avoid unnecessary introductory sentences. Write plain and clear English. Make sure you know the syllabus and the marking criteria.
Read as much as possible. Make sure you know all the sociological perspectives well. The application of sociological theories is one of the most important assessment objectives in Sociology. Make sure you know what the examiners expect from you.