The OG Challenge Guide | Lexi Prichard

It’s everyone’s least favourite event, the 60 minutes of stress as you try to remember that one thing you swore you wouldn’t have to know but apparently you now have to know: the CHALLENGE!!

I, like many other scholars, have a decidedly love-hate relationship with the challenge. Although it’s an hour of agony, it’s an event I seem to do well in, so I thought that for my first post on here I would talk about some of the strategies I use in preparing for and taking that dreaded multi choice exam.

120 questions. 1 hour. Challenge (accepted).

It’s everyone’s least favourite event, the 60 minutes of stress as you try to remember that one thing you swore you wouldn’t have to know but apparently you now have to know: the CHALLENGE!!

I, like many other scholars, have a decidedly love-hate relationship with the challenge. Although it’s an hour of agony, it’s an event I seem to do well in, so I thought that for my first post on here I would talk about some of the strategies I use in preparing for and taking that dreaded multi choice exam.

(disclaimer: I am in no way experienced enough to offer foolproof advice, but this is what works for me, and somehow managed to gain me a place in the top 10 senior challenge placings at this year’s toc????)

STUDY (no, like actually study):

One of the most basic pieces of advice I can give is to revise the listed material. Whether you make 40 page research notes, or just find simple definitions and explanations, a clear idea of the curriculum will help you make more sense of the questions. I like to revise by making notes, then quizlets, questions, and practice papers as the season goes on.

USE YOUR TEAM:

Every scholar seems to be incredibly busy, meaning that fitting in WSC study can be a hard task. To help combat this, each member of our team took 2 subjects and researched these in detail. We then swapped our notes, making quizlets, practice challenge papers, and quizzing each other on the subjects we hadn’t yet covered. This way, we all ended up knowing each of the subjects in reasonable detail, while saving time and helping us work together as a team!

LINK WSC TO SCHOOL:

If you have an open ended project or a research paper due, take a topic from the WSC curriculum and write your paper on that! It’s the best form of multitasking and means you can quite literally do two things at once.

USE IMAGES:

Take one scroll through my notes from this past season and you’ll find photos littered throughout every page. I find that incorporating things like images (memes ;) or epithets into my research makes it more fun, and means I’m way more likely to remember it when I need to.

THE MORE THE MERRIER:

Quite simply, the more you look over your notes, the more likely you are to know them. While painfully obvious, glancing at your research every day on the bus/in the bath/at dinner/in class really helps get it into your head. If you really want to know your stuff, make sure your notes are detailed. For some topics, I had a page or two of research for each listed heading, but others I only had like,,,, 2 bullet points because it was boring (or Wikipedia didn’t have it) so just do what feels right!!

ON THE DAY:

That’s about all from me!

- Lexi