March is the season of appraisals as this is the year ending season. Every company is doing their research on the appraisals of their employees. So in order to get benefits in appraisals you should also show some proactiveness in order to get appraisals.
First much before the Appraisal season go and check with the Hr department what are the exact process of appraisals or if there is any special criteria added.
After gathering knowledge from HR invest time in self assesment about your achievement of past 1 year, what you have done and how you have added growth to the company.
Review your last year's work very minutely and also be ready with your mistakes.
Consider your career objective and plan towards that.
Start discussing about some important topics with a clear goal of what actually you are expecting.
In the discussion be prepare to hear some hard facts about your mistakes and don't argue much on that.