How To Pass Exams by A K Whitehead
In modern society passing educational examinations becomes an increasingly important and essential means to a better job and improved living standards.
The structure and nature of all examinations are things we cannot change to suit ourselves. Hence we need to find ways of dealing effectively with them - ways of making their systems and requirements actually work for us.
There are ways of doing this and following can be successfully used by anyone studying for any examinations because exams usually have certain key common elements.
Check Out The Syllabus As an examinee, you have to abide by certain rules and constraints. The time length of exam, how many question you have to answer, and so forth.
But examiners also have to abide by certain rules - and they cannot change them (at least not without adequate notice) any more than you can! They have to publish a syllabus for every examination and they can only ask questions on what is contained within that syllabus. Once you know syllabus, you know where starting and finishing lines are and how far you have to run
Moreover, all parts of syllabus are not equal: some parts of it are more equal than others. Some topics will hardly ever be questioned while others will come up every year. Highlight syllabus using two colours: red, say, for those areas that come up very frequently; green for those which rarely come up. Do this only after a systematic inspection of past exam papers, as next section will explain.
Then use a third colour to highlight those (hopefully very few) parts of syllabus which you have really serious difficulty with. Providing these parts are not numerous, and depending on how often they come up, it may be possible to leave them on one side. But do use sense and judgement in doing this!
Whatever You Are Studying, First Study The Exam Papers Studying past examination papers is almost as crucial as studying subject you have chosen!
Get hold of as many past papers as you can. The more you have better you will be able to discern any patterns. Draw up a grid on A4 paper. Divide top horizontally into years - as many as you have past papers for plus one for year in which you are going to sit exam