Why Technique is Important

The Success Pyramid

Let’s assume that this pyramid represents the mark a student will receive for their exam.

The base is made up of how well they know the theory of their subject. This comes from how smart they are, how good their teachers and mentors are and how hard they work in the subject.

The top is luck. As you know, everyone needs some luck to do well in any aspect of life. For an exam that luck may be that some questions are on topics the student really knows well or in the week leading up to the exam there are no unforseen distractions.

The middle part is the student's technique. This is where this App can help. Students need to be able to take the knowledge that has been taught in the subject and then apply it in the right way, during their preparation and while sitting the exam, to get a great mark.

I believe that the majority of students lose somewhere between 10% and 30% of marks in exams due to poor technique. This area is very often overlooked by both students and teachers.

The Weakest link in the chain

Another way to look at this is to use a chain analogy.

The saying “weakest link in the chain” is a way of explaining that all components of a system must work well for the system to be a success.

You can even put a score against each of these links or components. Let's use a score of “1” for excellent.

If everything goes really well for all components then we have 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 (ie 100% strength).

If, however, students allow any one component to be poor we may get something like 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 x 0.3 = 0.3 (ie 30% strength).

For an exam, this is a way of imagining that if any one component is weak then the overall mark is reduced.

This website helps students ensure they are doing the best job they can of the last element in the chain; their technique.