Why Technique is Important

The Success Pyramid

Let’s assume that this pyramid represents the mark you will receive for your exam.

Success pyramid

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

The top is luck. Everyone needs some luck to do well in any aspect of life. For an exam that luck may be that some questions are on parts of the subject you know really well or that you reviewed the day before. That luck may be that in the week leading up to the exam you miraculously have everything go right ;-)

The middle part is your technique. This is where this App can help you. You need to be able to take the knowledge you have been taught in the subject and then apply it in the right way, leading up to and during the exam, to get a great mark.

I believe that the majority of students lose somewhere between 10% and 30% of marks in an exam 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 often used. If one link in a chain is weak then the chain will break. This is a way of saying that all components of a system must work well for the system to be a success.

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

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

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

This is a way of imagining that if any one component is weak then your overall mark is reduced.

This App helps you ensure you are doing the best job you can of the last element in the chain; your technique.