Introduction

This program is written for the parents of students.

It is intended to give you advice to allow you to help your child get better marks for their exams.

I have written it to be as simple as possible to read and understand, using straightforward language. I have also made it short, as we are all busy people.

Apperley have made this App very low cost to allow it to be easily accessible to any families who wish to take the quality of your writing up to the next level.

The techniques I discuss come from my experience as a university teacher and from my experience as a professional manager in a large multi-national corporation. There are many similarities in the work we are required to do in our study and in the work we are required to do in our upcoming professional job.

Attacking the Problem from a Different Angle.

My professional work has involved Engineering and Marketing. Each of these two different professions have aspects that are very useful in helping with exam technique, as follows:

The discipline of Engineering involves looking at all the parts that make up the thing you are trying to do. An exam looks less daunting when students break it down and work on it's parts separately.

The discipline of Marketing involves working out everything that your customer wants and then working out how to best provide this.

I believe it is the blend of these two disciplines that makes this App useful. We are attacking the problem of students getting a good mark for their exam from a different angle.

It is also written based on my experience as an undergraduate and when completing my MBA. As a student I made the same mistakes that I see many students make now. After marking thousands of assignments and exams, it is only now that I have seen reports and essays from a teacher’s perspective that I understand how these mistakes happen.

Low Hanging Fruit.

As you know, a common mistake we make is to ignore the easy stuff that can really make a difference. When preparing for and doing exams students often do this. As adults we have heard the term "Picking the Low Hanging Fruit" many times. It is about really ensuring that we have done the basic things that get us a long way to where we want to go. This is very important in doing exams. Some of these techniques are focused on helping students ensure that they do this.

In my classes I spend a lot of time coaching students to use these practical techniques to improve their marks. I have found that those students who do take these steps improve their marks, often significantly.

Cheers, Peter.