Saturday, 1 June 2013

Exam Techniques

PANIC. Before the exam. This is Good. This might motivate good revision.
If you have revised well then you are well prepared.


  • Check what exam you have the next day.
  • Revise for that exam.
  • Prepare everything you need to take to the exam.
  • Get a good nights sleep before the exam. Go to bed a bit earlier and don't do any revision 1/2 hr before going to sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast. If you don't normally then this is a good time to start.
  • Read the front of the exam paper thoroughly. This reminds you of how many questions to do in each part.
  • Read each question through to the end BEFORE you answer the question to make sure that you put the right answer in each part and do not get ahead of yourself.
  •  In some papers the harder and more marks questions are at the end, These are often longer and take more time, so plan out your time - how much time for each question. 
  • A wrist watch is excellent here for timing. You won't be allowed your phone. A watch with a second hand helps with the timing. If it helps take it off and put it on the desk in front of you.
  • Answer all the questions you can. If you can't do a question then leave it and come back to it.
  • Make sure all the keywords for this topic/section are used
  • If you are running out of time then bullet point the facts
  • For an essay question plan it first. Jot down a few notes. You can then refer to these in case you forget one as you write the essay.
  • Come back to the questions you can't do. 
  • Put down some answer. It might just be right. 
  • If you have no idea than put down any relevant keywords or phrases.
  • In some papers (like Maths) working from the back to the front can help. The harder/longer questions are at the back of the paper and you get these over when you are freshest and the easier ones come later.
  • When your finish go back and check your answers. Read the question again and check you have answered what was asked.
  • Remember ....  RTFQ Read the F..... Question
  • RYA Read you answer. I often feel I am the first person to read what you have written
  • Sometimes it right to go with your gut feeling answer to a question. It is often the right choice.

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