It's the one word that you don't hear enough of when you are writing or re-writing a test paper. But it is the most important word. And a lot of people don't even realize how critical it is.
The reason is simple: grade reports. When you study for an exam, a grade report is what you will use to determine how well you studied and how well you did in the actual examination. You can not improve your grade report if you don't understand what they are looking for.
So what do they need to see? First, the students need to know what subject they should be studying. The departmental syllabus is not the only thing they need to know this information for. However, it's the single piece of information they can trust to make a good grade.
Second, the students need to know about the real life problems they have faced and what they solved. The problem area needs to be described, but a good description doesn't necessarily mean that the student has solved it. They need to know how to solve it in real life situations.
Third, the students need to know the types of writing they need to learn. They need to know the types of essay questions that they need to understand and practice so they do not waste their time writing them. Again, it's not that they don't know these things, it's that they're not practicing them enough. If you want to get a higher grade, practice.
And last, you must ask yourself, "Do I know how to write good grades?" The answer is yes. But you can't simply sit down and think it all the time. You need to actively seek out feedback from others who are already using it.
Just imagine how frustrated a high school senior would be if he didn't know how to write a report because he never took any written English classes. Or imagine if you had just been in a car accident and you hadn't even gotten a warning letter from your insurance company for not following the rules. Would you be able to write a good report?
These are examples of situations where bad grades could really come back to haunt you in the long run. And if you didn't know how to write good grades in high school, how are you going to get into college and finally start getting a good grade? And why should anyone care what kind of report you write, as long as you know what's expected of you?
Remember, the worst case scenario with bad grades is that you can't go to college. And while there are some colleges that do hand out Bs and Cs, most do not. The best that they can give you is a C or B-. That's just about the equivalent of giving you a zero on a test.
So if you don't have a college degree yet, you can still get good grades if you take the time to learn how to write and pass your final examinations. It's not rocket science, it's just writing well. Good grades are not hard to write.
But if you really want to get good grades, you need to know the test administration policies and how to practice and write so you learn how to do it right. You also need to know the types of writing the final exams will ask you to do. Otherwise, you can't be as prepared as you need to be.