How To Pass Exams

Written by A K Whitehead

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Dividerepparttar lefthand vertical into as many subject areas as seems appropriate from your inspection ofrepparttar 109387 syllabus and past exam papers. Do this very careful and only after you have become very familiar withrepparttar 109388 exam topics. Also, make allowance for any coupling of topics because sometimes examiners like to link one topic with another. If you have, say, a dozen past papers and a particular linking has only come up once, you are probably save to forget it. But if it has occurred, say, three or four times it needs to go down.

So now you have large set of cells, each of which relates to a particular year and to a specific topic. Place a cross in each cell forrepparttar 109389 year in which a given topic has come up. If there is a pattern, and very often there is, you will soon see it. The relative frequency with whichrepparttar 109390 various topic come up will now be easy to see.

It is not that examiners are doing a parallel kind of exercise to determinerepparttar 109391 structure ofrepparttar 109392 next examination they set. They might well be unaware ofrepparttar 109393 kinds of patterns we are talking about. But examiners do have at least a mental scheduling ofrepparttar 109394 relative importance of particular topics and an impression of what have been chosen recently.

Now userepparttar 109395 spare column onrepparttar 109396 right-hand side, which relates to repparttar 109397 year you are going to sitrepparttar 109398 exam, to mark those subject areas which seem most likely to come up this next time. These arerepparttar 109399 ones which you need to spend extra time on. The other areas need to be covered as well, but your projections need special care and attention.

Inrepparttar 109400 case of some examinations such a pattern may not seem to emerge. But often it will. In any case, it is worthrepparttar 109401 investment of time to find out, and whether it does or not it would be foolish not to inspect as many past papers as possible. You need to see howrepparttar 109402 questions are phrased, how they are divided, sometimes even subdivided, whether there are any special conditions imposed, such as papers which are divided into different sections with different lengths of time allowed for each, and so forth.

Overall, many students just seem to acceptrepparttar 109403 constraints of an examination system as a barbed wire fence they can do nothing about. Butrepparttar 109404 foregoing might just give you a set of wire cutters!

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About The Author A K Whitehead B.A., M.Phil., Cambridge University Certificate in Religious Studies (+ many other exam successes on the way) He has also set and marked and invigilated numerous examinations. Web Site: Conditions Of Use: This article may be reproduced physically or electronically providing that it and this end statement is not altered in any way without express permission.

Secrets Of Successfully Sitting Exams

Written by A K Whitehead

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There may be other variations inrepparttar phrasing ofrepparttar 109386 question, butrepparttar 109387 approach you adopt needs to be alwaysrepparttar 109388 same: presentrepparttar 109389 examiner with what is effectively a concise answer torepparttar 109390 question. It usually takes no more than a few lines, maybe a dozen at most. He/she will jump up and down in excitement at having found someone who not only knowsrepparttar 109391 answer but who can also actually make it explicit.

2. The expansion ofrepparttar 109392 essay is simply a development to show that whatever you said at 1. is correct or relevant. This takes up most of repparttar 109393 essay. Use a new paragraph for every new point. Don't be afraid to be pedantic. End each of these paragraphs by relating what you have said directly back torepparttar 109394 question. e.g. "Hence it can be seen that..." and so forth.

If, duringrepparttar 109395 course of writing your answer, you suddenly remember a really major point which really should have come earlier, just "knit" it in as if this is where you always intended it to go. Thus: "Of course, a further point which needs to be given especially emphasis at this juncture is..." Try and make it seemrepparttar 109396 most natural place to put it. The examiner may think it better put elsewhere, but he will not usually penalise you for that700

3. The conclusion will be little more than a restatement ofrepparttar 109397 introduction - but you do need a conclusion. Duringrepparttar 109398 writing ofrepparttar 109399 essay you may have thought of some other points not mentioned inrepparttar 109400 introduction. If so, be sure to mention them inrepparttar 109401 conclusion.

Read Before You Write Always spend at least six/seven minutes out of a three hours exam readingrepparttar 109402 question paper. Read it three times. The first to get a general impression. The second to mark any question which you can reasonably attempt. The third to check that your second reading decisions were accurate - sometimes, inrepparttar 109403 face of nervous tension, they are not. This is time well spent. As an invigilator, one often groans within at seeing student grabbing their pens and beginning to write beforerepparttar 109404 clock has stopped chimingrepparttar 109405 hour to commence!

Dividing Time Unless some questions have unequal shares inrepparttar 109406 total marks possible, always divide your time equally betweenrepparttar 109407 questions. There are severe diminishing returns to each extra minute spent on repparttar 109408 present question - more could be added torepparttar 109409 overall total by going ontorepparttar 109410 next.

Conclusions year through bad or none existent exam technique. With good technique it is, in fact, possible to do rather well with skimpy knowledge (although one does not advocaterepparttar 109412 practice!), whereas it is commonplace for students to underachieve by neglecting their technique.

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About The Author A K Whitehead Web Site: The author has had many years experience in setting examining, marking and invigilating examinations and has used the above technique to considerable personal benefit.

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