THE fourth term exams kick off this week and Upper Highway teachers are urging their pupils to work hard, focus, and make every mark count.Education expert Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, reiterated that pupils must not become complacent. “Pupils need to knuckle down and give it their best sustained effort right until the end.“It’s all about strategy, and fighting for every last mark you are able to score in your remaining papers,” said Payne.“Consistency is key right now, and you will thank your future self for not getting distracted by the light at the end of the tunnel, but rather approaching each paper as a new opportunity to take your grades from good to spectacular,” said Payne. She says the reason for not relaxing now, with mostly the “easier” subjects remaining, is because small aggregate differences, whether in a specific subject or overall results, can significantly influence options after school. “There are so many more study options available to today’s young people, both in terms of higher education institutions and qualifications, that they are really able to pick a closer match to their vision for their lives and careers than before. However, greater options don’t mean less competition for limited spaces, particularly in very popular new programmes such as gaming, for instance, so every mark counts when institutions assess applications,” she said. She urged pupils to not lose sight of their goals. — Fever Reporter.