Business Management is considered to be one of the ‘easy’ subjects of Year 12, but Shubhankar Vajpayee didn’t let himself go easy on this subject. He applied strategies that students use for ‘difficult’ subjects. He spent hours doing countless practice exams and making sure that he received detailed feedback from his teachers. 


Here’s what he suggests to students who want to do well in Business Management:


Revisit Content:

At the end of each term, go back through all of the content that has been covered so far. This will allow you to stay in touch with the work covered in the earlier months of the year. Revisiting all the chapters during the holidays is also one way to revisit all the content. This technique may seem annoying, but it does help you prepare for your exam. This technique allows you to not cram an entire year’s content into 2-3 weeks before the exam. 


Complete practice exams:

Ask your teacher for practise exams, and look on the internet for extra ones. Before you start them, compare them to official exams from previous years and make sure that they have similar content. Try to do as many practice exams as possible without looking at your textbook; if you find that you’re struggling to remember content, do the first few exams ‘open book’. But, ultimately, it’s better to practice without your notes, as it prepares you for the actual conditions of the internal assessments and exams. On a similar note, you should time yourself when doing practice exams.


Study smart:

It’s important to remember, though, that you can’t simply assume what topics are important and what isn’t. This understanding can only come from doing a great number of practice exams. Using this strategy doesn’t mean completely ignoring those topics that aren’t often tested in Business Management exams or completely ignoring what your teachers cover in class. While you don’t need to spend countless hours on these topics, you still need to understand the content.


Keep your notes organised and up-to-date

Many students leave it until it’s too late to make notes for their upcoming school-assessed coursework, and this lack of organisation seriously impacts their grades. Making notes does not mean anything unless you actually read them. You can make countless pages of notes, but until you’re making an effort to understand them, you’re not learning anything. Having your notes completed at least one week prior to any assessment will give you plenty of time to read and re-read them so that you can learn the key content properly.


Handwrite your notes

If you handwrite your notes and answers to practice exams from the beginning of the year, you’ll know how long your responses should be, and the amount of time it takes you to write them. In contrast, by typing your notes, you’ll weaken your own ability to write quickly and neatly on the final exams. Further, by writing notes, you’ll actually remember more than you would by typing them.



Make sure you have a good study space with minimal distractions. Finding a suitable environment to study in was definitely a way that I ensured I was studying effectively. You need to know what study environment works best for you. You might prefer to study at a library away from all the distractions at home, or you might want to study with your friends in a study group; do whatever makes you most productive.

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