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Study & Master Study Guides exam tips


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Exam tips taken from the popular Study & Master Study Guide series, published by the African Branch of Cambridge University Press.

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Study & Master Study Guides exam tips

  1. 1. Spend the first minute or two reading the instructions. #ExamTips
  2. 2. Leave your weakest topic for last so that you don't waste valuable time struggling with a topic that you find difficult. #ExamTips
  3. 3. Arrange your time so that you have a few minutes at the end of the exam to go through your questions and answers to check them. #ExamTips
  4. 4. Set your alarm so that you get up in good time, can eat a good breakfast and have plenty of time to get to the exam. #ExamTips
  5. 5. Do not leave the exam room until you have completed the entire paper and try not to leave any question un-attempted. #ExamTips
  6. 6. Remember that you don’t need to answer the questions in order, but don’t waste too much time deciding which questions to answer first. #ExamTips
  7. 7. Try your best to work within the time allocated for each question. #ExamTips
  8. 8. Read the instructions on the examination paper carefully and take note of any comments made by the invigilator. #ExamTips
  9. 9. If there is a choice of questions, put a mark next to the questions that you know you can answer well. #ExamTips
  10. 10. Write neatly and legibly at all times. #ExamTips
  11. 11. Read short-answer and structured questions carefully. Arrange your answers clearly and logically, using notes if you prefer. Do not make vague and unclear statements. Make sure that you answer the question that is asked. #ExamTips
  12. 12. In questions that allow you a free response or a short essay, take the time to note down the main points that you need to cover. This helps you to remember the material and allows you to organise your thoughts so that you can write the answer down clearly. #ExamTips
  13. 13. When taking any test or examination, keep calm and stay in control. You can only achieve this state of mind if you prepare yourself well ahead of time. Spend the day before an examination going over all the work that you have studied so far, using your summaries or mind-maps. #ExamTips
  14. 14. Note the time allowed for the examination and the number of questions that you have to answer. Divide your time carefully so that you answer the full number of questions that are required. If you leave out questions, you will lose a lot of marks. #ExamTips
  15. 15. Get enough sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours a night and you remember better if you are getting enough sleep. #ExamTips
  16. 16. Read through the whole paper carefully before you start answering questions. #ExamTips
  17. 17. Gather together everything you will need for the exam the next day, such as pens and pencils. #ExamTips
  18. 18. Be positive, confident and calm - believe in yourself! #ExamTips
  19. 19. Never try to cram in final bits of knowledge. #ExamTips
  20. 20. Get a good night’s sleep. #ExamTips
  21. 21. Scan through the question paper and allocate the time to spend on each question. #ExamTips
  22. 22. Mark the questions that you recognise or that you will be able to answer easily. It will save time if you answer these questions first. #ExamTips
  23. 23. Read each question carefully and look for key words to establish exactly what you are asked for and what is expected in your answer. #ExamTips
  24. 24. Write short sentences whenever possible. #ExamTips
  25. 25. Number your answers correctly, that is, as they are numbered on the question paper. #ExamTips
  26. 26. Don't cram or work late the night before your exam – it is very important that you have a good night’s sleep. #ExamTips
  27. 27. If you are stuck on a particular question or sub-question, rather move on and come back to it later, once you have finished answering the other questions. #ExamTips
  28. 28. Remember that you don’t need to answer the questions in order, but don’t waste too much time deciding which questions to answer first. #ExamTips
  29. 29. Try to at least attempt all the questions, as each question will have some marks that are easy to obtain. #ExamTips
  30. 30. Make sure that you know the time that the exam starts and where the exam is being held. #ExamTips
  31. 31. #ExamTips Good luck for your Exams!