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Tips To Prepare For The Sri Lanka Local G.C.E. O'Levels
Sri Lanka Local G.C.E O’levels in December
Are you a grade 10 student who will be taking the Local G.C.E O’levels in December?
Are you having a hard time finding the write workbooks to help you study for the G.C.E O’level exams?
Here are some tips that may help you in preparing for the exam and give you the guidance needed to get high marks.
What Is Your Weakest School Subject?
Tips For Studying For the Local G.C.E O’levels
As many of you know in Sri Lanka emphasis is put more on private tuition than that offered at school. Parents spend thousands of rupees a month as payments for tuition classes in the hope their children will get a good mark in the G.C.E O’level exams. Some of these parents even go into debt since they have to borrow the money to make the payments.
To prepare yourself for the local G.C.E O’levels make sure you take at least four years prior to the exam to improve your grades on the subjects your weak in. Never blame yourself for getting low grades while at school. Teachers should take full responsibility. I say this because I've come across quite a number of children who have suffered by not being given the guidance they needed to do well in certain subjects at school.
Numerous teachers in Sri lanka have the habit of ignoring the weak students for they consider taking some time to help these kids is a hassle for them. While growing up in the US and Europe where the education was the best our teachers had a motto. It was no ‘student left behind.’ Unfortunately such a saying is not embedded in the hearts and minds of some teachers here in Sri lanka.
How to Pick The Best Subjects for Local G.C.E O’level Exam
By the time students are in grade nine they no longer have to take fourteen subjects as they once did. Instead they only need to take nine subjects.
Although some may think this is a good thing you have to remember three years (from grade six) prior to grade nine children wasted their time learning five subjects which will not be included in the local G.C.E O’level exam if they choose not to take them. The Education Ministry in Sri lanka should have allowed children to only do nine subjects from grade six so that they would be better prepared for the G.C.E O’levels exams.
When choosing your G.C.E O’level subjects do so with care and pick the ones you've scored high marks on since grade six.
Remember, Mathematics, Science, English, History and Sinhalese are five subjects which are compulsory to take and pass. If you fail in any one of these subjects and do well in the other subjects you still fail the exam and will have to redo it again. The local G.C.E O’levels can only be taken twice. If you fail both times you will no longer be able to retake the exam.
Best Workbooks To Help Prepare For the G.C.E O’levels
When purchasing workbooks make sure you do so from publishers who are reputed and have experience in creating good books with authors that have experience in the subject.
Samudra Book Publications, Gihan Bookshop and Masterguide Publications are three publishing houses that offer ideal books on many subjects to help prepare the G.C.E O’level student for the exam.
To find the closest branch of the above mentioned publishers, listed below are their contact details.
Samudra Book Publications Address and Phone Number
No.8/2, Mihindu Mawatha
+94 37 223 4446
Gihan Bookshop Address and Phone Number
Gihan Book Shop
144C, Sir D.B. Jayathilaka Mawatha,
Masterguide Publications Address and Phone Number
Mr. H. H. C. Wickramarathne
Master Guide Publications
No. 80, Dr. N. M. Perera Mawatha,
Colombo – 08
Tel : 2691412, 2675834, 2672257
Fax : 2675364
National Institute of Education Address and Phone Number
Another important establishment that can help you get answers to questions you may have about the Local G.C.E O’Levels is the National Institute of Education. Their contact details are:
The Director General
National Institute of Education
No. 21. High Level Road,
Tel : 2851301-4
Fax : 2851300
Web : www.nie.lk
Student Sri Lanka Education Network
For those of you who want online access to get answers to some of the questions you may have about the Local G.C.E O’Levels try the Student Sri Lanka Education Network at http://studentlanka.com/
Finally, I wish you the very best in passing the Sri Lanka Local G.C.E O’Levels and hope you prepare yourself well to face the exam and get the high marks you deserve.
© 2013 Suranee Perera