How To Get Good Grades In The Exam : 9 Easy Ways You Can Try

Are you going to start a new class/semester? Worried about how to pass in the exam? Don’t worry, sit back, follow the rules below, and chill!

When we start a new semester, a new tension adds in our mind – how to pass in the exam. It is pretty normal to think. We search for advises from our seniors or seek their notes, search over internet for exam hacks etc. But it is in our hands to get good grades. You must not panic or have to read like a crazy, just follow these simple rules. If you follow these, you will be able to obtain moderate marks without studying much.    

  • Be confident – The first and the easiest way of getting good grades is confidence. You may think that your new semester is quite hard and you will not pass easily. That is not true. Just think that you can pass, you will pass. This will boost up your courage. Do not be pessimistic at all.
  • Be regular – Be a regular student. I am not saying that you must attend classes when you are seriously ill. Just try to attend classes as much as possible. Because if you miss one lecture then you will find it hard to cope with the next lectures/lesson. Regularity will bring consistency in your preparation for exam.
  • Bring the books – Always bring the books per routine. Do not be lazy or depend on others. This is a bad habit if you always let others share their books with you. Bring your own books so that you can mark lines when teachers tell you to do so. If there is any book that is too heavy to carry then you can spare that one (try having a PDF version then), otherwise not.
  • Listen to teachers – Listen and follow what your teachers say. If your teachers recommend any book or video or article, try to collect that. If they give any guideline then follow them. If you face any problem regarding your lesson, ask them. Do not be afraid or shy.
  • Take notes – Take notes when necessary. Make a notebook per course/subject and write down important terms while having lectures. This will help you a lot in the exam season. If you read only the notes then at least you will have the knowledge what you have learnt so far. You can organize your notes in the shape of a tree or in a geometric design so that you can read them easily.
  • Memorize – Memorizing without understanding is not fruitful at all. You must not memorize everything except some important things –

i. Title (book/chapter)

ii. Name (author/characters/place)

iii. Spelling

iv. Year

v. Definition of any important term etc

vi. Important events (historical or something like that)

You do not have to memorize answers blindly, just memorize these important things. Even if you cannot write good answer, if you write these things correctly in the exam script, you will be able to make a good impression of yourself to the teacher. Be careful about grammatical mistakes also.

  • Underline/mark – Underline/mark important terms, quotes, names etc. while reading. You can write down short notes/comments on the side of the text. Use multicoloured pens if necessary. You can use sticky notes inside the text also.    
  • Read summary – Do not read the summary without reading the text. Reading text is MANDATORY. If the text is too hard to understand, take the help from online summary. If you do not have enough time to read the whole text, you can read the online summary. In that case read the summary from 3/4 websites because a single website can not summarize the whole text properly. Different websites provide different types of summary of a single text. Some websites provide very short and to-the-point synopsis, where some others provide very detailed summary. So if you are in need of reading the summary, do not read it just from one website. But reading text is a must.
  • Make files – It would be a huge pressure on the eve of the exam if you do not find your study materials. To avoid that, you need to tidy up your study materials. Make files/folders per course on your PC. If not, then arrange the items/notes of each course separately so that they are easily available.

To conclude, these are the basics to do well in the exam. I have tried to write them down in easy language so that everyone can follow. If you know more ways for passing the exam easily, feel free to share with us.

Thank you.    

Bedevilled – Movie Review

Still in the 21st century, movies show us the true picture of male-chauvinistic society in a way that the oppressions lead by men make women cornered enough to strike back and kill ruthlessly. So many movies have presented stories on this issue so far. Today my review is on a South Korean thriller movie, titled “Bedevilled”, which tells a story of two friends. Directed by Jang Cheol Soo, the movie starred by Seo Young Hee and Hwang Geum Hee and others. Its huge commercial success makes it considered as one of the successful hits in the Korean film industry. Those who love South Korean movies, know very well that South Korea is expert in bringing controversial and crucial issues in light through rawness, viciousness, and shocking imageries. The movie “Bedevilled” is a all-in-one package – cruelty, oppression, illegitimacy, male-chauvinism, superstitions, justice, heart-wrenching moments, friendship, desire, queer, revenge, heroism (feminine) and what not! Perfect movie to understand gender issues, also a great piece to enjoy in quarantine.

The movie starts with an incident showing a prostitute was beaten up by some goons. Hae-won (Hwang Geum Hee) becomes the witness of this incident and reports to the police. However, when the police calls her to verify, she becomes scared and deliberately declines. The goons then threaten her with a gesture of assault. This makes her annoyed and frustrated and puts impact in her office job (as she slaps her co-worker on a misunderstanding). As a result the office makes her to take a short leave. She then travels to Mudo island, where her childhood friend Bok-nam (Seo Young Hee) lives with her family. Hae-won’s attitude towards Bok-nam seems a bit suspicious when she constantly ignored Bok-nam letters in the past, yet she comes to her friend’s place where they both spent their childhood. In Mudo island, old women do not welcome Hae-won much, where Bok-nam’s husband and especially her brother-in-law give spine-chilling look at her. The movie then shows widely the contrasting picture of Hae-won and Bok-nam – how cruelly the husband the brother-in-law oppressed, tortured and how Hae-won turns deaf, dumb, and blind despite watching Bok-nam’s sufferings. Bok-nam tries to escape from this hell with her daughter, but she fails and loses her daughter. Being beaten, torn, helpless, Bok-nam finds the strength to face the Satans on the earth and strikes back.

As I said earlier, this movie is a full package and perfect to enjoy. Actors did their best, especially Bok-nam is speechless and outstanding. She just nails it. In my eyes, she is the bravest and a role model for all women in the world. She truly protects her friend, where Hae-won fails to do so. Her struggles make me teary, also there are some dialogues and actions in this movie that truly squeeze my heart. Amidst all the negativity, the superstitions of the island women I find funny. Bok-nam’s daughter and a few women feel for Bok-nam, but they could not do anything for her except crying. Also I find it surprising how the only two men (Bok-nam’s husband and brother-in-law) control the whole island without doing much. On the other hand, Hae-won is an authentic product of the male-chauvinistic society. From Seoul to Mudo island, she only escapes from the situation to save herself. Though she changes later, yet her characterization make me confused – should I hate her or sympathize her? One thing I found lacking in the movie is Hae-won’s development. I think that the makers focused much on Bok-nam compared to Hae-won. It would be better if the makers would show what made Hae-won so skeptic, like something happened only to Hae-won and she decided not to protest, to keep mum etc. This movie sharply delivers a message – choose your friend wisely. Friend like Hae-won will bring nothing except despair and rage. The ending is the most important to understand the message, also works as a guideline how to live like a proper human being.

On The 3 Types of Cinema

Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas talks about the 3 types of cinema (First, Second, Third) in details in the essay Towards a Third Cinema. I tried to point out the main ideas of the 3 types of cinema here. Hope this post will help you to understand in easier way.

First Cinema

  1. First Cinema, or First World Cinema, directly links Hollywood.
  2. First Cinema generates ideologies like neocolonialism and capitalism.
  3. This type of cinema makes the viewers as passive consumers.
  4. In First Cinema, imperialists and capitalists create images of reality. These images are actually creates illusion.
  5. First Cinema is an “extension of bourgeois world-view”, only shows the effect not the cause.
  6. First Cinema is basically studio based.

Second Cinema

  1. Second Cinema, or Second World Cinema, is the reaction of First Cinema.
  2. Second Cinema is “art-house-esque”, attempts of making independents films.
  3. Generally this type of cinema is devoid of politics.
  4. Second Cinema is dependent on capitalists’ distribution chains, as a result such kind of film cannot be called as revolution.
  5. European art cinemas fall into this category.
  6. Filmmakers of Second Cinema are not free; they are dependent on First Cinema’s distribution channels. Godard said that the filmmakers of Second Cinema are “trapped inside the fortress”.
  7. Second Cinema can be best described with auteur theory.
  8. Second Cinema rejects Hollywood convention; individual expression of auteur director is the main focus here.

Third Cinema

  1. Third cinema is also known as Third World Cinema.
  2. Synonyms – guerilla cinema, cinema of liberation.
  3. Artists and revolutionaries work together in third cinema, their goal is to seize the power from the enemy.
  4. It deconstructs stereotypical images built by First Cinema.
  5. Documentary is a good example of Third Cinema.
  6. Argentine filmmakers Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas are the inventors of this concept.
  7. Third Cinema loses its purpose without an audience. Audience of Third Cinema become actors rather than be mere spectators.  They are revolutionaries.
  8. Third Cinema works as an alternative to First Cinema and Second Cinema.
  9. Third Cinema deals with issues like poverty, oppression, revolution, colonialism, class, cultural practices etc.
  10. Some characteristics of Third Cinema: – i. directors and actors are not full time professionals, ii. craftsmanship is discouraged, iii. viewers’ role in creating the film is emphasized, iv. exploration of the spaces between representation and reality, v. viewers become producers rather than consumers.
  11. Third Cinema began in Latin America in 1967.
  12. Examples of Third Cinema – The Hour of Furnaces (Argentine film, directed by Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas); Xala and Moolaade (African films, directed by Sembene); The Forgotten Hillside (Algerian film, directed by Abderrahmane Bouguermouh).
  13. Third Cinema can and should emerge from anywhere.
  14. Notable directors of this type of cinema are Sembene, Getino, Solanas and Guzman.
  15. In 1960s, the idea of such kind of cinema was raised by radical manifestos and a group of Latin American filmmakers who made low-budget experimental movies. Asia, Africa, and Latin America – these are the three different areas from where the idea of Third Cinema was coming.
  16. Che Guevara was the biggest supporter of this revolution. Other supporters were Frantz Fanon and Ho Chi Minh.
  17. Away from the mainstream channels, the Third Cinema was trying to build a new web for production and distribution.
  18. To some extent, protection of militant armed guards was needed while screening to avoid the risk of government retaliation.
  19. Third Cinema is mainly the cinematic expression of expressing individuality and identity of Third World.
  20. According to Solanas and Getino, Third Cinema is free from any kind of constraints of capitalist production and distribution.
  21. Third Cinema educates the masses by penetrating them by a film.
  22. Third Cinema is a type of performance art like Jazz or Blues.
  23. Third Cinema allows the spectator – i. ‘to create new relations’, ii. ‘to open new horizons’, iii. ‘to create new possibilities of engagement’.
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