Academic Life Skills

At The Success Classroom (TSC), we recognize the importance of acquiring academic life skills. Every student who is placed under the care of the academic coach will be properly guided to learn about the various exam strategies, study techniques and target setting methods.

Exam Strategies
TSC adopts the MASKA way to train students in their exam strategies. In simple terms, MASKA stands for
M (Memory) – Remembering Formula and Understanding Concepts,
A (Application) – Text and Reference Practices,
SK (Skills and Knowledge) – To gain confidence by attempting past years national exam papers,
A (Assimilation) – Mastery of higher order thinking questions through other schools’ preliminary exam questions.

An academic coach will guide the student personally through the various MASKA stages so as to maximize the potential of the student to achieve the desired targets.
Students will also get to learn the TSC BACKWARD method of planning their exam study timetable. This method of planning will ensure that the students cover all the subjects thoroughly so as to optimize their study time and focus their effort strategically at weaker subjects.

Study Techniques
The academic coach will impart important study techniques to the student during the course of their coaching sessions. Techniques include how to tap the short term memory to remember difficult formula and summary-based revision.

Summary-based Revision Techniques / Mind-mapping Techniques
Summary-based revision is one of the most effective ways to study for an exam within a short timeframe. The time needed is short but yet the potential results can be amazing! One of the effective ways to a summary-based revision is to utilize the power of closed-book mind-mapping techniques.

Target Setting
Setting of exam targets are very useful for the student to know how much effort they have to put in in order to achieve the desired results they want. If the student manages to achieve the targetted results, a sense of achievement can be felt within them. Setting of targets should follow the following rules: KISS and SMART.

KISS – Keep It Short & Simple
SMART – Target results should be Specific to each subject, Measurable (in terms of grades), Achievable, Realistic and within a reasonable Time limit.