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Problem solving in exams

Strategies for solving problems in exams

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Problem solving in exams

  1. 1. Exams are not about regurgitating facts from lectures and texts like a robot. Instead you will need to apply the facts you have learned.
  2. 2. GATHER MATERIALS to practice your exam technique old exam questions sample exam questions problem sheets self study sheets Here are some steps you can follow to help you practice responding to the questions 1. Identify 2. Classify 3. Transform 4. Substitute 5. Compare
  3. 3. Comparison Compare your result with solutions to similar problems. Does it look reasonable? Is it in the right range or order of magnitude? 5. Compare
  4. 4. More tips: Classifying problems is a vital step in demonstrating your understanding of concepts, and selecting solutions. Try to look at problems away from the lectures and textbooks, so you don’t know what kind of problem it is. Old exam papers are an excellent source of ‘random’ problems. Try to revise out of sequence so that you can access your knowledge without depending on triggers, like the topic before and after. You could shuffle your revision notes and pick sheets at random to revise, or follow a revision programme. Early in your revision, start working through problems without notes, then correct and complete them from your notes to see where you need more study. Complete problems with other students, to gain from different insights into the problem.