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How to do your A/L
successfully?
By
Aurora Computer Studies
(auoracs.lk)
1
The right approach
1. Select the right A/L stream &
subjects
2. Mange your studies
3. Prepare for the exams
Aurora Compute...
Select the right A/L stream
& subjects
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Why is right selection matters ?
• In Advanced Level, you need to
specialized in one area, though there
are certain amount...
Select the right A/L stream & subjects
1. Identify the right career path(s)
2. Pick the right stream for the A/L
3. Select...
How to do? (Strategy)
• Follow your passion
• Think long term
• Be realistic in your capacity
• Be open for ideas
• Do not...
How to do? (cont.)
• For more detailed discussion refer;
o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to-select-
the-study-...
Manage your studies
effectively
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Strategy
• Think long term
• Manage it as a project
• Know the fundamentals of the
education
• Study brain friendly way
Au...
Think long term
• A/L is two year task
• Its not a 100m sprint, but a marathon
• Do it as a professional marathon
runner’s...
Mange as a project - overview
• There are two ways you can do a task
o Just do it
• Sufficient for trivial tasks
o Manage ...
A/L as a project
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(www.auroracs.lk)
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• A project has;
o An objective
• Passing the exam
o Expecte...
What is managing
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(www.auroracs.lk)
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Plan Organize Lead Control
Plan
• Plan your approach
o Plan at right level and refine it as go alone.
o But do not over plan rather make it overview ...
Organize
• Gather required resources
o Notes (if formal notes are given)
o Reference books or any other recommended
supple...
Lead
• You must lead your studies
o Teachers are to help you
• You must take the final responsibility
of achieving the obj...
Control
• If feel like things are not going in right
direction, you must take necessary
control actions rather than let th...
Know the fundamentals of
education/studying
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 18
Overview
• Know the purpose of education
• Study with passion
• Understanding is the key
Aurora Computer Studies
(www.auro...
Purpose of education
• Acquire relevant knowledge
• Acquire skills
• Build the right attitudes
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(ww...
What is knowledge
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(www.auroracs.lk)
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What is knowledge (cont..)
• Knowledge is not mere remembering
facts
• Knowledge is;
o Knowing the “big picture”
o Underst...
Three types of skills
Aurora Computer Studies
(www.auroracs.lk)
23
Three types of skills (con.)
• Analysis
o Ability to divide and understand concepts in detailed
• Synthesis
o Collect isol...
How to verify – studying a concept?
• What?
o Explain the concept in short & clearly
• Why?
o What is the purpose or use o...
Understanding is the key
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 26
Understanding
• Education is all about understanding
o And not memorizing
• Memorizing is a pain, whereas
understand is a ...
Understanding (con.)
“If you learn to remember,
you will ultimately forget.
If you learn to understand,
you will ultimatel...
Understanding – how?
• Get the big picture of the topics right
& never loose it
• Identify the connections and
relationshi...
Understanding – how? (cont..)
• Use mind maps effectively
o Give you the big picture
o Show you the connections
o Brain fr...
Understanding – how? (cont..)
• Relate things with other things
o Look at similarities
o Look at differences
• Look for fo...
Understanding – how? (cont..)
• Think extra yard beyond your comfort
zone
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 32
“It's n...
“ The more you understand,
The less to be memorized.. and
happier you are.. “
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 33
Study in brain & memory
friendly way
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 34
How your memory works?
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 35
The three parts of memory
• Sensory buffer
• Short term memory
• Long term memory
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 36
Sensory buffer
• Very small capacity
o Few sentences/words
o A part of a diagram
• Very short term
o Few seconds/minutes
•...
Short term memory
• Relatively small/medium capacity
• Relatively short term
o 1 to few days
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Long term memory
• Very high capacity 
• Less volatile 
o Retain for long
o Difficult to forget
Aurora Computer Studies ...
“Once you remember something, it is
almost impossible to forget….
The more you try to forget,
The more you remember….”
Aur...
How you remember things?
• Human memory remember things as
visual images/symbols and relations
o Unlike computers, human m...
Memory friendly study - Tactics
• Try and understand the concepts while
its still fresh in the short term memory
o There i...
Memory friendly study - Tactics
• Use visual metaphors
• Relate concepts like a story
• Relate concepts into useful
practi...
Effective Classroom
Behaviors
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 44
Effective classroom behaviors
• Ask right questions and get
clarified then and there
• Help others after the class & in
yo...
Other Study Tips
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 46
Study Tips
• Have a informal plan
o No plan will get you nowhere
o Too much plan stresses you
• So be agile too
• Select a...
Study Tips (Con.)
• Do single task at a time
o Humans are usually bad at multi-tasking
• Study in small sessions
o Take sm...
Study with passion
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 49
“You remember what you like,
what you love, or what you think
useful”
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 50
Enjoy your study
• Enjoy your study & work
o Selection of right field matters here
o Study challenging things
o Study some...
“Study & having fun should not
be mutually exclusive”
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 52
Verify your understanding
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 53
States of understanding
1. You understand & you know that
you have understood. 
o Understood & verified
o The wining situ...
States of understanding (Con.)
3. You have not understood & you
know that you have not.
o It gives you the opportunity to ...
Verify your understanding
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't
understand it well enough."
- Albert Einstein
Aurora ...
How to verify? (Formally)
• Exams
• Assignments
• Demonstrations/Viva
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 57
How to verify? (informally)
• Can I precisely define the concept?
• Can I explain it using an example?
• Do I know why (us...
How to face the A/L exam
effectively
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 59
The overview
• Understand what is to be tested in the
exams
• Plan and prepare for the exams
• Face the exam effectively
A...
What is tested in the
exams?
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 61
What is tested?
• Exams test to see if the student has
fulfill the objectives set for the subject
• First thing is underst...
What is tested (in general) ?
• Have you got the relevant knowledge
?
• Have you got the required skills ?
• Do you have t...
What is tested (at concept level) ?
• What?
o Explain the concept in short & clearly
• Why?
o What is the purpose or use o...
What is tested (at concept level) ?
• Do you have the following skills
related to concepts
o Analysis
• Ability to divide ...
How to prepare for the
exams?
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 66
Prepare for exams - tasks
1. Plan and systematically prepare for the
exam
2. Gather all the resources (Organize)
3. Unders...
Gather all the resources
• Syllabus
• Study notes
• Reference books/Online resources
• Past papers together with marking
s...
Steps for exam preparation
1. Get the official syllabus and mark
all the topics that you are confident
(green), you have d...
Steps for exam preparation (con.)
2. Rush through the past papers and
get an idea of which areas are more
frequently teste...
Steps for exam preparation (con.)
3. Now prepare mind maps using your
study notes and your understanding
for the each topi...
Steps for exam preparation (con.)
4. Now do the past papers in serious
way
o If you find anything difficult or not covered...
Steps for exam preparation (con.)
6. Now it is time to do mock exams of
sample papers and get the help from a
teacher to m...
Understand – why?
• Memorizing is a pain, whereas
understand is a pleasure
“If you learn to remember,
you will ultimately ...
How to answer MCQ
papers effectively
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 75
Answering MCQ papers
• Calculate the time for each question
and manage time accordingly.
• Answer in rounds (In general in...
Answering MCQ papers (con.)
• Answer all the questions
• But do not answer any of the
questions on mere believe in luck.
o...
How to answer essay
papers effectively
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 78
Facing essay papers
• Check the number of questions to
answer and if there are mandatory
questions
• Calculate the time fo...
Facing essay papers (Cont.)
• In general, answer simple, straight
and brief
o Too short answers show that you lack details...
Facing essay papers (Cont.)
• Play close attention to terms like
define, state, explain and discuss.
• Write your best poi...
Facing essay papers (Cont.)
• Use clear (not necessarily beautiful)
hand-writing.
• Use a pleasant language.
• Write inter...
How to answer structured
essay papers effectively
Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 83
Facing structured essay papers
• Most of the points are same as for
answering essay papers
• But, the answers are mostly
o...
Thank You !
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Aurora Computer Studies
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"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act,
but a habit."
~ Aristotle.
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(www.au...
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  1. 1. How to do your A/L successfully? By Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) 1
  2. 2. The right approach 1. Select the right A/L stream & subjects 2. Mange your studies 3. Prepare for the exams Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 2 Right selection Manage studies Prepare for exam
  3. 3. Select the right A/L stream & subjects Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 3
  4. 4. Why is right selection matters ? • In Advanced Level, you need to specialized in one area, though there are certain amount of overlapping • It is mostly a lifetime decision on your long professional term career. • If you make a mistake, it can be costly! Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 4
  5. 5. Select the right A/L stream & subjects 1. Identify the right career path(s) 2. Pick the right stream for the A/L 3. Select the right combination of subjects for the A/L Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 5
  6. 6. How to do? (Strategy) • Follow your passion • Think long term • Be realistic in your capacity • Be open for ideas • Do not make options too narrow • Never get fooled by mere popular trends • Take your decisions & accept responsibilities Aurora Computer Studies 6
  7. 7. How to do? (cont.) • For more detailed discussion refer; o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to-select- the-study-stream-for-al Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 7
  8. 8. Manage your studies effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 8
  9. 9. Strategy • Think long term • Manage it as a project • Know the fundamentals of the education • Study brain friendly way Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 9
  10. 10. Think long term • A/L is two year task • Its not a 100m sprint, but a marathon • Do it as a professional marathon runner’s approach Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 10
  11. 11. Mange as a project - overview • There are two ways you can do a task o Just do it • Sufficient for trivial tasks o Manage it as a project • Required for important/serious tasks o Better chance of achieving objectives o More productive • Do more with less effort • Doing A/L is a important task that span for two years and effect your entire career o So better manage it ! Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 11
  12. 12. A/L as a project Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 12 • A project has; o An objective • Passing the exam o Expected quality • What type of result do you expect o A time limit (dead line) • Two years up to examination date o A scope • Your syllabus(But its not rigid scope, just a guideline) o Limited resources • Your effort and money that can be spent for studies and buy study materials etc..
  13. 13. What is managing Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 13 Plan Organize Lead Control
  14. 14. Plan • Plan your approach o Plan at right level and refine it as go alone. o But do not over plan rather make it overview and agile (flexible) • Committing to a wrong plan is more risky than no planning • Complying to a strict plan make your life monotonous and boring Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 14
  15. 15. Organize • Gather required resources o Notes (if formal notes are given) o Reference books or any other recommended supplementary reading o Past Papers o Any other practical related materials (if required) • For example, if you follow ICT, you better have a computer Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 15
  16. 16. Lead • You must lead your studies o Teachers are to help you • You must take the final responsibility of achieving the objectives • Just be proactive rather than passive where necessary Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 16
  17. 17. Control • If feel like things are not going in right direction, you must take necessary control actions rather than let things to go alone • Example: o If your original study plan is not effective, change it o If your current class is less effective, look for better options o Etc.. Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 17
  18. 18. Know the fundamentals of education/studying Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 18
  19. 19. Overview • Know the purpose of education • Study with passion • Understanding is the key Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 19
  20. 20. Purpose of education • Acquire relevant knowledge • Acquire skills • Build the right attitudes Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 20
  21. 21. What is knowledge Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 21
  22. 22. What is knowledge (cont..) • Knowledge is not mere remembering facts • Knowledge is; o Knowing the “big picture” o Understand inter relationships o Know the usages Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 22
  23. 23. Three types of skills Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 23
  24. 24. Three types of skills (con.) • Analysis o Ability to divide and understand concepts in detailed • Synthesis o Collect isolated facts to build broad concepts • Application o Use of the concepts Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 24
  25. 25. How to verify – studying a concept? • What? o Explain the concept in short & clearly • Why? o What is the purpose or use of the concept? • Example/Usages o Can you give examples/use of the concept? • Discussion o Can you discuss the pros and cons of the concept o Relate to other concepts o What are the alternative concepts Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 25
  26. 26. Understanding is the key Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 26
  27. 27. Understanding • Education is all about understanding o And not memorizing • Memorizing is a pain, whereas understand is a pleasure Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 27
  28. 28. Understanding (con.) “If you learn to remember, you will ultimately forget. If you learn to understand, you will ultimately remember.” -Unknown Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 28
  29. 29. Understanding – how? • Get the big picture of the topics right & never loose it • Identify the connections and relationships between concepts • Think of real world usages • Apply the concepts and solve problems Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 29
  30. 30. Understanding – how? (cont..) • Use mind maps effectively o Give you the big picture o Show you the connections o Brain friendly (graphical) Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 30
  31. 31. Understanding – how? (cont..) • Relate things with other things o Look at similarities o Look at differences • Look for following aspects of a concept/theory o Positive things (advantages) o Negative things (disadvantages) o Interesting/unique points Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 31
  32. 32. Understanding – how? (cont..) • Think extra yard beyond your comfort zone Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 32 “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.“ - Albert Einstein
  33. 33. “ The more you understand, The less to be memorized.. and happier you are.. “ Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 33
  34. 34. Study in brain & memory friendly way Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 34
  35. 35. How your memory works? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 35
  36. 36. The three parts of memory • Sensory buffer • Short term memory • Long term memory Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 36
  37. 37. Sensory buffer • Very small capacity o Few sentences/words o A part of a diagram • Very short term o Few seconds/minutes • Example usage o You write down something explained or written in the board Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 37
  38. 38. Short term memory • Relatively small/medium capacity • Relatively short term o 1 to few days Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 38 “Only a small percentage of short term memory data goes to long term memory !!!”
  39. 39. Long term memory • Very high capacity  • Less volatile  o Retain for long o Difficult to forget Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 39
  40. 40. “Once you remember something, it is almost impossible to forget…. The more you try to forget, The more you remember….” Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 40
  41. 41. How you remember things? • Human memory remember things as visual images/symbols and relations o Unlike computers, human memory is not good at storing texts !!! Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 41
  42. 42. Memory friendly study - Tactics • Try and understand the concepts while its still fresh in the short term memory o There is higher chance of you understanding o There is higher chance of getting those into long term memory • Study day to day stuffs then & there without waiting till exams or assignments are near Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 42
  43. 43. Memory friendly study - Tactics • Use visual metaphors • Relate concepts like a story • Relate concepts into useful practical usages Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 43
  44. 44. Effective Classroom Behaviors Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 44
  45. 45. Effective classroom behaviors • Ask right questions and get clarified then and there • Help others after the class & in your free time, if one request you to clarify something or missed lesson o Explaining some one else is beneficial to both him/her and you Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 45
  46. 46. Other Study Tips Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 46
  47. 47. Study Tips • Have a informal plan o No plan will get you nowhere o Too much plan stresses you • So be agile too • Select a convenient place(s) o Most of the time your home/apartment will work o But it has some issues like ventilation/humidity or disturbances, pick alternative place • Select convenient time(s) for you o Remember that sleepless studying will add stress and counter productive Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 47
  48. 48. Study Tips (Con.) • Do single task at a time o Humans are usually bad at multi-tasking • Study in small sessions o Take small breaks between • Drink enough water o Increase concentration • Do more active studying than passive studying o Prepare mind map o Do some exercises/quizzes Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 48
  49. 49. Study with passion Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 49
  50. 50. “You remember what you like, what you love, or what you think useful” Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 50
  51. 51. Enjoy your study • Enjoy your study & work o Selection of right field matters here o Study challenging things o Study something practically useful to you and others o Share your knowledge with others o Use your knowledge & skills and start helping/serving others Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 51
  52. 52. “Study & having fun should not be mutually exclusive” Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 52
  53. 53. Verify your understanding Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 53
  54. 54. States of understanding 1. You understand & you know that you have understood.  o Understood & verified o The wining situation 2. You understand, but you do not know that you have understood o Have not verified o Resulting lack of confidence and undue worries Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 54
  55. 55. States of understanding (Con.) 3. You have not understood & you know that you have not. o It gives you the opportunity to work harder and look for understanding 4. You have not understood (or misunderstood) & you think you have understood.  o Worst & dangerous scenario o You will be in trouble sooner or later Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 55
  56. 56. Verify your understanding "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 56 • Discuss and/or explain it to someone else • Write in a blog or social media, publish article on studied topics
  57. 57. How to verify? (Formally) • Exams • Assignments • Demonstrations/Viva Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 57
  58. 58. How to verify? (informally) • Can I precisely define the concept? • Can I explain it using an example? • Do I know why (usages) we learn it? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 58
  59. 59. How to face the A/L exam effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 59
  60. 60. The overview • Understand what is to be tested in the exams • Plan and prepare for the exams • Face the exam effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 60
  61. 61. What is tested in the exams? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 61
  62. 62. What is tested? • Exams test to see if the student has fulfill the objectives set for the subject • First thing is understanding the objectives and full fill it Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 62
  63. 63. What is tested (in general) ? • Have you got the relevant knowledge ? • Have you got the required skills ? • Do you have the right attitude ? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 63
  64. 64. What is tested (at concept level) ? • What? o Explain the concept in short & clearly • Why? o What is the purpose or use of the concept? • Example/Usages o Can you give examples/use of the concept? • Discussion o Can you discuss the pros and cons of the concept o Relate to other concepts o What are the alternative concepts Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 64
  65. 65. What is tested (at concept level) ? • Do you have the following skills related to concepts o Analysis • Ability to divide and understand concepts in detailed o Synthesis • Collect isolated facts to build broad concepts o Application • Use of the concepts Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 65
  66. 66. How to prepare for the exams? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 66
  67. 67. Prepare for exams - tasks 1. Plan and systematically prepare for the exam 2. Gather all the resources (Organize) 3. Understand the concepts 4. Prepare mind maps 5. Do the past papers 6. Clarify all the doubts 7. Face mock exams, verify your answers with a teacher and validate 8. Sit for the exams with confidence Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 67
  68. 68. Gather all the resources • Syllabus • Study notes • Reference books/Online resources • Past papers together with marking schemes for at least 4-6 years Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 68
  69. 69. Steps for exam preparation 1. Get the official syllabus and mark all the topics that you are confident (green), you have doubts (gray), and not yet covered or understood (red) o If there are gray areas or uncovered topics, either get help from teachers or do serious self study on those topics Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 69
  70. 70. Steps for exam preparation (con.) 2. Rush through the past papers and get an idea of which areas are more frequently tested and to which depth and which areas are hardly tested o You can do this section-wise, after a major section is completed Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 70
  71. 71. Steps for exam preparation (con.) 3. Now prepare mind maps using your study notes and your understanding for the each topic (Better to use paper & pencil ) o For lengthy topics, prepare hierarchical mind maps o If you have doubts get them clarified from your teachers, friends or now you may even use on line forums in the WWW Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 71
  72. 72. Steps for exam preparation (con.) 4. Now do the past papers in serious way o If you find anything difficult or not covered so far, mark those in the past papers itself and later look for understanding the concepts. Also add those to your current mind maps & study notes 5. Now again double cross check with syllabus, notes to see if anything is missing Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 72
  73. 73. Steps for exam preparation (con.) 6. Now it is time to do mock exams of sample papers and get the help from a teacher to mark the answers. o Also discuss your answers with him/her and see why you get lower marks for structured/essay questions (if so) 7. In the close of the exam, do not go into new things, just make sure that your current understanding of the concepts is sound and you are relax Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 73
  74. 74. Understand – why? • Memorizing is a pain, whereas understand is a pleasure “If you learn to remember, you will ultimately forget. If you learn to understand, you will ultimately remember.” -Unknown Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 74
  75. 75. How to answer MCQ papers effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 75
  76. 76. Answering MCQ papers • Calculate the time for each question and manage time accordingly. • Answer in rounds (In general in three rounds) o 1 st round – Answer simple and less time consuming questions o 2 nd round – Answer intermediary level questions o 3 rd round – Answer complex and time consuming questions as time permit Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 76
  77. 77. Answering MCQ papers (con.) • Answer all the questions • But do not answer any of the questions on mere believe in luck. o Use elimination method to increase probability of correct answer(s) o For each successful elimination of an answer, you increase the probability of getting marks Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 77
  78. 78. How to answer essay papers effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 78
  79. 79. Facing essay papers • Check the number of questions to answer and if there are mandatory questions • Calculate the time for each question and manage time accordingly. • Answer in rounds (In general in three rounds) o 1 st round – Answer simple and less time consuming questions o 2 nd round – Answer intermediary questions o 3 rd round – Review answered questions and attempt more difficult questions if time permit Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 79
  80. 80. Facing essay papers (Cont.) • In general, answer simple, straight and brief o Too short answers show that you lack details o Too long and indirect or irrelevant answers show that you lack confidence on the subject. • Do not write too general points, rather present specific points. o .Do not answer like throwing stones at a tree without real aim, hoping one or two will be hit. o Examiners know this  Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 80
  81. 81. Facing essay papers (Cont.) • Play close attention to terms like define, state, explain and discuss. • Write your best points first. • Sketch diagrams where necessary • Provide examples where useful. Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 81
  82. 82. Facing essay papers (Cont.) • Use clear (not necessarily beautiful) hand-writing. • Use a pleasant language. • Write interesting and unique points when relevant. o Especially, in answering discuss type questions. Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 82
  83. 83. How to answer structured essay papers effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 83
  84. 84. Facing structured essay papers • Most of the points are same as for answering essay papers • But, the answers are mostly o Short o Specific Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 84
  85. 85. Thank You ! Presented by Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 85
  86. 86. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle. Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 86
  87. 87. Further resources • How to select study stream & subjects for A/L o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to-select- the-study-stream-for-al Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 87
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