Theory exams are a way for you to showwhat you have learned.Unlike an objective test, essays exams arenot checking to see if you have learnedcertain pieces of information.Instead they give you an opportunity toshow how you can apply what you knowand come to conclusions about what youhave studied.
What we hope to see is analysis of thematerial (showing how it breakslogically into parts) and synthesis(how the parts relate to some largerwhole) in your answers.There is more to an exam than sittingdown and writing everything you knowbefore you forget it.
Before the ExamStart preparing for your exams.Plan reviews as part of your regular weeklystudy schedule; consequently, you reviewover the whole quarter rather than just atexam time.
Tips on writing the essay-typeexaminationThe well-organized, neat-appearingindividual will usually get the nod overanother equally capable person who isdisorganized and careless in appearance. Although other factors are involved, theanalogy to examination writing is a skill.This skill can be improved by practice.
Before you write Read all questions before you start to write. As you read the questions, make sure youunderstand what you are being asked. Answers will come to mind immediately for somequestions As ideas and examples come to you, jot them downon scratch paper or on the back of the test so thatyou wont clutter your mind trying to remembereverything
Outline the answer before writing. Whether the teacher realizes it or not, he/she isgreatly influenced by the compactness and clarityof an organized answer. To begin writing in the hope that the right answerwill somehow turn up is time consuming andusually futile. To know a little and to present that little well is,by and large, superior to knowing much andpresenting it poorly--when judged by the mark itreceives.
Set up a time schedule.If questions for 100 mark are to beanswered in 180 minutes, allow yourselfonly 15 minutes for each 10 marks.When the time is up for one question, stopwriting and begin the next one.There will be 30 minutes remaining whenthe last question is completed.
The incomplete answers can becompleted during the time. Six incomplete answers, by the way,will usually receive more credit thanthree completed ones. Of course, if one question is worthmore points than the others you allowmore time to write it.The examiner cant give you anycredit for a question you haventattempted.
Partially answering all questions is better thanfully answering some but not others.Budget your time according to the point valueof each question, allowing time forproofreading and any unexpectedemergencies (such as taking longer than youexpected on a questions or going blank for awhile.)Work on the "easiest" parts first. If yourstrength is essay questions, answer those firstto get the maximum points. Pace yourself to allow time for the moredifficult parts.
•One of the biggest problems students have(other than failing to prepare correctly) isrunning out of time.•Plan a time budget and stick to it.•You can always go back to a question that isgiving you problems after you answer all theones you do know.•By spending too much time on a difficultquestion early in the test, you could lose creditfor questions that you knew the answers to.
you are not penalized for incorrectresponses.Save time at the end of the exam toreview your test and make sure youhavent left out any answers or parts ofanswers.This is difficult to do under the stressof exams, but it often keeps you frommaking needless errors.
While you writeBe sure your answer has a definiteresponse that directly answers thequestion.State this within the first few sentences ofyour answer.Provide specific as well as generalinformation in your response by includingexamples, substantiating facts, andrelevant details
Write legibly.If your mind goes blank or you dont knowmuch about a question, relax and brainstormfor a few moments about the topic.Recall pages from your texts, particularlectures, and class discussions to triggeryour memory about ideas relevant to thequestion.Write these ideas down as coherently as youcan.
If you find yourself out of time on aquestion but with more to say, quicklywrite down in outline form what you wouldwrite if you had time.Make sure you write the correct questionnumber.
Main reasons when casepresentation fails1. Not enough preparation2. Not enough knowledge3. Anxiety / nervousness overcomes you4. Not seen a similar case before5. Over-confidence6. Language restraints
Not enough preparationNumber of cases presented is directlyproportional to the status of preparationIn most of PG teaching programs, it isdifficult to find a person to present.Lack of regular PG teaching programs.Not exposed to different methodology ofexamination ( examiners)
Not enough preparationNo schematic protocolPractice makes you perfectSpeaking diseaseSee more number of casesMake a habit of writing the case sheetPresent to your colleagueDon’t look at the x-ray firstThink / write your line of management
SPEAKING DISEASEIt may start night before examinationFear of presentation ( speaking)Fear of examiner and others presentFear of mistakesYou may get obsessed with the greatest fearof all, best expressed by Roscoe Drummond
“ The mind is a wonderful thing – itstarts working the minute you are bornand never stops until you get up tospeak in public”Roscoe Drummond
How do you deal with it?Anxiety is a natural state that exists any timewe are placed under stress.Examination normally will cause some stress.Don’t worry, it is normal.The trick is to make your excess energy workfor you.When you learn to make stress work for you,it can be the fuel for a more enthusiastic anddynamic presentation.
Tips for reducing anxietyOrganize – knowing that your thoughts arewell organized will give you more confidence,which will allow you to focus energy intoyour presentation.Visualize –Practice –BreatheFocus on relaxingRelease tensionMoveEye contact with all examiners
Make a habit of writing case sheetsWriting the IP case sheetsAnd Cases presentedKeep time limit
Think / write your line ofmanagementInvestigations can be writtenCan write management when practicingassuming your diagnosis is correctIn exam don’t write, only thinkYou have written D/DThink of management of those.
Not enough knowledgeTo some extent directly proportional to thetime spent on preparationNobody can help you if you don’t knowbasics.Some times you know , but you forget.Answer is more workRead about management of every (exam)case you see in your ward.
10 most human fears in USA1. Speaking beforea group2. Heights3. Insects and Bugs4. Financialproblems5. Deep water6. Sickness7. Death8. Flying9. Loneliness10. Dogs
Not seen a similar case beforePractical problem in some centersTalk to your teachersPrograms like this are little too short andcannot have personal attention to the extentdesiredPG training programs???
Over-confidenceShould be confidentYou can stick to your answer if you are sureof what you say.Don’t argue, you can discuss.Unfortunate, but sometimes, toe(w) the lineof examiner.Any body can be wrong.Realize that you are on the other side of thebench
Language restraintsYOU CAN ASK FOR TRANSLATORShould never be a problem.It should not / will not matter
Examiners faults1. Could be wrong2. Other examiners will bring it out duringdiscussion3. Cannot do it in front of you4. Different views5. No uniformity in some topics
To concludeSteps for a winning presentationQuote relevant points from recent journals – creates an impressionWhatever statement you make, Define yourobjectivesAnalyze your audienceConstruct your presentationPractice, practice, practice, practice,practice ……
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