How to improve exam results in 2018

Improving exam results can be easy if you follow my simple tips and techniques on how to store new information in the brain.

If you can understand how your brain stores information and then use this knowledge to your advantage in exam preparation, then I guarantee you will start improving your exam and test results.

The brain is very complex, but for our purposes we can break it down into two distinct areas: the working memory and permanent memory.

The working memory is where we park all the information we are processing and working through. This is where all the information we get in lectures and classes goes. This information is in our brain, but will not be retained. Within hours or days this vital information will be lost forever from the brain if we do not put it into the permanent memory.

The permanent memory is where we need to put all the valued information we need for exams and tests. Once we have the information in the permanent memory we will be able to recall the learned materials whenever you need it- yes in tests and exams. Think about riding a bike, once you learn how to ride a bike and regularly practice riding, you will never forget. You may not ride a bike for 20 years, but the moment you do after all that time it will all come flowing back and you will find yourself riding a bike again. Simple!

Take home message- you need information in the permanent memory to excel in tests and exams and this information needs to come from the working memory.

How do we get this information across to the permanent memory from the working memory I hear you ask??

Learned material needs to move from your working memory to permanent memory through a very deliberate sequence of study techniques and it takes time. If you do not understand how to move this information across to the permanent memory using these study techniques you will never do well in tests and exams. No matter how hard you study or try, if you don’t understand how the brain moves information from the working memory to permanent memory then you will never improve your exam results.

One of the simplest techniques that is proven to move information from the working memory to the permanent memory, that I have used over the past 20 years as an educator to improve our brains capacity to store permanent information is the 10-24-7 model.

10:24:7 Model

Spend 10 minutes of revision going over the content you need to learn. Use study tips like summaries, chunking information, brainstorming , mindmaps and quickwrites for example.

Every 24 hours spend 10 minutes revising the content you wish to learn for the next 7 days. It’s that simple!!

10– spend 10 minutes revising

24– every 24 hours, revise for 10 minutes

7– every 24- hours, spend 10 minutes revising over the next 7 days

It is that simple. Start using the 10-24-7 model today and start moving stored information from the working memory to the permanent memory and you too will start drastically improving your exam results and start being in the top 5% of your class.

Please leave a comment below about your favourite revision technique or email me a question on what you would like me to address regarding exam preparation.

Exam tips for 2018

If you want to improve exam and test results this year you need to understand and apply the 10:24:7 study tip to your study plan this year.

The number 1 study tip that I have seen improve test and exam results repeatedly over the past 20 years is the 10:24:7 model.

If you need to learn a new topic or new content, then there is only one proven way to do that and that is the 10:24:7 model.

What is the 10:24:7 model?

10:24:7 model is a technique you use to store information into the brain through a consistent approach to study or revision. If you are trying to learn new content from a lesson you have just had, it will take time to commit this learning into the brain. This is where the 10:24:7 model comes in.

Take this new learning and spend just 10 minutes going over this new material. Repeat this 24 hours later for the next 7 days and you will successfully learn and commit this new learning to your brain. This new information will then be learnt and embedded in the brain ready to use in tests and exams. This simple tip will certainly improve your test marks and outcomes.

If you are currently in year 11 and 12, or at university you can’t afford not to give this technique a go.

Share your favourite revision technique and leave a comment. If you want to know more about how to improve exam and test results please leave a comment below and I will address them in future articles.

How to improve exam results this year

One of the most important things about exam preparation is actually understanding what the examiner is looking for in the test and exam. Without understanding what the examiner is looking for, you will never be successful, no matter how well you plan and prepare.


Let me give you an example- there are always a hand full of students in every class who for no apparent reason always get mediocre test and exam results. These students are always attentive in class, diligent in their note taking and do plenty of homework. Why is it then that they never excel in tests and exams?

The answer to the question why these students don’t do well on their tests and exams is because they don’t understand what is expected of them in a test or exam, or to put it another way, they didn’t understand what the examiner is looking for.


You need to talk to your teacher or lecturer about the layout of the exam. Ask questions like how much time should I spend on each question, where am I expected to show working out, where do I need to put a diagram etc.


Practice old exam papers regularly and make an appointment to sit down with your teacher and go over a random selection of questions you have answered. If you are not getting 100% for each question, ask the question- what do I need to do to get 100% for this question? Often the answer to this question is as simple as a diagram, or not enough information or lack of working out.


Once you fully understand what is expected of you in an exam you will be on your way to excelling in exams.


So take note: Always understand what the examiner is looking for in a test or exam. Ask your teacher or lecturer what is expected to achieve top marks and you too will start achieving great results too.


What do you want to know more about regarding exam preparation? Leave a comment or email me your question or comment.

Leadership Advice-Follow your own path

Have you ever wondered why successful people are always successful and always have good luck? People describe these people as having the magic touch! Have you ever asked yourself why? Is it luck, were they born lucky or have they created their own luck?

To answer the statement as to why successful people always have the magic touch, first ask yourself why do so many people fail to achieve greatness in such abundant times? Why do so many people retire with nothing? The answer is simple- We try to conform.

The problem with conformity is we are following the wrong people. We are following the 95% of people who have no aspirations, have no money, or have any real idea about where they are going in life.

Quote of the day:

Don’t go where there is a path, go where there is no path and leave a trail.

leadership advice- Follow your own path to success

If you study successful people closely and study what they do and did in their life you will find they didn’t follow others and in deed made their own path and left a trail for others to follow. Think Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan and even Michael Jackson. These people were all very successful people and saw the world differently to others. None of them were born into fame or wealth, they had to create their own way and they didn’t do it by following someone else’s blueprint.

If you want to be successful, start thinking differently to the 95% of people around us who are not successful and start going down your own path to success and leaving crumbs for others to follow.

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How to prepare for NAPLAN

In Australia, every school age student in year 3,5,7 and 9 sit NAPLAN tests in week 5 of term 2. This is a huge stress to families and students alike. Lots of students get really anxious and apprehensive about sitting the NAPLAN tests.

As a parent what can I do to settle my child’s anxiety? Is it better for my child to just not sit the test? Do they need to sit the tests anyway?

NAPLAN are standardised tests in english and mathematics across Australian schools. As a parent NAPLAN results give you a very clear indication as to where your child is sitting academically compared to other students in the same year level. This information is very handy  for a parent as it gives you a reference point year to year as to their growth across subjects every 2 years. As a parent you would be hoping to see big jumps academically each time they sit the test.

NAPLAN tests
sitting NAPLAN tests

I always believe that it doesn’t really matter where your child is academically, so long as they are doing their best. What matters most in your child’s education is the growth year to year. Is your child progressing year to year is the most critical indicator to look at.

If you are not seeing progress and growth in their NAPLAN results year to year then some very important discussion points could be had with the school. You could look at some of my homework and study tips here or visit my website.

As to the question- Does my child need to sit the tests? Definitely yes is my answer. The information you get as a parent from the NAPLAN results is so important as discussed above. NAPLAN also helps introduce the concept of sitting for exams, even at a very young age. Currently students in year 11 and 12 have to sit rigorous exams to get entry into universities and to pass their Certificate of Education from high school. Practice sitting tests at an early age will certainly be of value long term.

As a parent what can I do to help ease my child’s stress and anxiety about sitting NAPLAN tests? As a parent you can start to talk with your child about what NAPLAN is and why sitting the tests are important. You can also talk with your child about just doing their best in the test and that you will be proud of them no matter what the result so long as they did their best.

Children get very stressed over NAPLAN because they are worried about not doing well or because they think they will disappoint you if they do poorly in them. You need to keep reassuring them that this is not the case if they do do their best. Some kids just don’t cope with stress very well, regardless of what stressor prevents itself. In this instance working on ways to deal with and manage stress in general would really be of value and the early you pick this up the better.

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