Practise as many past papers as you can. Make sure to scrutinise the marking schemes and the examiners’ reports. Try to tailor your answers in accordance with the marking schemes.
Identify your weaknesses early on and try your best to turn them into your strengths.
Instead of just working hard, try working smart as well. For instance, you can skip over a few topics that you have confidently mastered and focus on those that you are still struggling with.
Remember that luck will also play a role in determining your success.
Make a plan before answering the essay questions. Practise as many data response-related questions as you can. Instead of writing full essays as practice, you can just write your answers in bullet forms and compare these to the mark schemes. Remember to evaluate your essays, and you should express your opinion in your conclusions-which ideally should be more than a line.
Practise as many past papers as you can. Copy the harder questions in a separate copybook so that you can look over these before the exams.
Recent past papers will be more relevant than previous ones. The Cambridge textbook is highly recommended because it includes a few topics that are excluded from the local textbooks. The mark schemes are helpful for theoretical questions. The higher the marks allocated, the more detailed should your answers be.
Try to write one essay per week. Be informed of the latest local and international news and events. Practise making detailed essay plans- these will help to generate ideas more quickly during the exams.
Read articles and editorials to improve your vocabulary and sentence structure. Try to include local and international examples and statistics in your essays. Prepare thoroughly for the topics that you like. Practise as much as you can to avoid “lifting” for the reading questions.