Passing Difficult Exams
Understanding difficult subjects
If you want to learn how to pass difficult exams you need to first revisit your definition of the word ‘difficult’. Don’t be deluded by the word difficult. How many students haven’t had their dreams shattered by this word. How many a men have not lost themselves in the wilderness of their own self delusion merely because they believed that things have an inherent difficulty in them. Too many, that’s for sure.
What makes the word accolade anymore difficult than the word acceptance? Is it the number of letters used? Nope, in this case the latter word has more letters than the former but is viewed as more difficult. Why?
Simply because we have a wrong understanding, that’s why. I had a teacher once who correctly stated: “There are no difficult words – only words you haven’t heard of”. We tend to call the unknown difficult while in reality, it is no more or less difficult than that we already know. This is the mindset you need to have before acquiring new vocabulary.
Memorize the words and their meanings and then try to use those words in their appropriate context. Once you’ve used a word or phrase continuously, you’ll stop to perceive it as difficult.
Now before I dismiss the notion of there not being difficult subjects I do need to state that there are indeed subjects that are perceived as more difficult than others. This we all know from experience. However it is important to understand that although we may view it as difficult someone else sees it as easy. The difference between us and this other person is that the latter has understood the concept and thus finds it easy. If you want to be able to transform a difficult subject to become easy you’ll need to first understand it.
That’s why you should invest a lot of time to pose questions to the teacher in the beginning of a ‘difficult’ course. As soon as you don’t understand a word, phrase or concept you need to investigate it further. Don’t leave it to the future because chances are that you will never look into what that particular thing meant and will only later find yourself to be troubled when it shows up on an exam or in a real life scenario.
Do your homework, learn first and it will help you out later.