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  1. 1. Exam Technique
  2. 2. In Unit 22 You Will Learn Really good advice on how to perform as well as you can in exams.
  3. 3. Who has most to fear from exams: The student who knows everything or the one who knows nothing? Question
  4. 4. Answer • Surprisingly, it is the one who knows everything. • They have to modify all they know into answering several questions in a few hours. • Their problem is knowing when to stop. • They have the frustration of not being able to put all they know on the paper.
  5. 5. If you know nothing: the problem is being creative: spinning a little knowledge into a possible answer. But, don’t try and do this!
  6. 6. So the great day comes and you find your spot in the exam hall.
  7. 7. Make sure you have the gear you need. Bring a second pen!
  8. 8. Relax completely in your seat. Let your hands hang, breathe deeply, close your eyes and say to yourself:
  9. 9. “For the next few hours I will bring all my attention, ability & knowledge to this exam. I will have access to all the things I’ve learned & everything I ever heard or read. I will be brilliant.”
  10. 10. Read through the paper. Make sure there are no surprises or major changes to cope with.
  11. 11. Select the questions you will answer.
  12. 12. Prepare your answers for each of those questions. Use headings or mind maps or spider diagrams. This way as you work on one question you will also be subconsciously working on the rest.
  13. 13. Start with your best question but don’t fall into the trap of writing too much on it.
  14. 14. Time yourself strictly
  15. 15. Leave plenty of room on the paper at the end of the question for things you might add on the final read through.
  16. 16. When the time allocated to that question is up, stop, even if you are not finished. Move on to the next question Time yourself strictly on this.
  17. 17. If you think of something you can add to a question as you are doing another, make a note of it on the scrap paper where you sketched out your answers.
  18. 18. Leave yourself time at the end to read over your answers. Check for misspellings caused by writing so fast. Add in any extra points at the end.
  19. 19. If you have to re- start a question: Do not obliterate it. Draw an X through it & re-start. The examiners must correct every question on the paper and give you marks for the best version so never obliterate answers.
  20. 20. Time to spare? Do more questions. All questions have to be corrected. Marks are given to the best ones. So if you have the time you can answer more.
  21. 21. Essay Type Answers You will need: • An introduction. • Three well developed & well-argued points (supported by quotes & references). • • A conclusion.
  22. 22. Give your essays a title, based on the question. Turn the question into a statement: “The indecision of Hamlet” “Nature imagery in Seamus Heaney”
  23. 23. Maths / Science Show the workings of any equation or problem. Marks are given for every step in the process. Make sure they can see every step you make.
  24. 24. For ambiguous or obscure questions: • Don’t panic. • State at the start of your answer that you are taking this interpretation and answering based on that. • If this arises the correctors will have to make allowances to be fair to all students.
  25. 25. • Spare paper. • All different sections. • Everything you give back. Make sure your number is on every paper.
  26. 26. Never leave an exam early. Ignore any “friends” who leave / invite you to go also.
  27. 27. Keep the post mortems on the exams to a minimum. Don’t be put off by other students’ approaches to the answers or their interpretation of the questions.
  28. 28. Get ready to repeat the process in the next exam!
  29. 29. Very Important Point: Do not change your CAO choices based on how you thought you did in the exams. Change your mind by all means, but do not let how you thought you did in the exams be a deciding factor in your choices.
  30. 30. QUIZ TIME P.94
  31. 31. Answers: 1a,2d,3b,4b,5a,6c
  32. 32. In Unit 22 You Learned Really good advice on how to perform as well as you can in exams.