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How to prepate for the A/L exam effectively

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How to prepate for the A/L exam effectively

  1. 1. How to prepare for the A/L exam effectively by Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) Aurora Computer Studies 1
  2. 2. The overview 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 stream & subjects • How to select the right study stream & subjects for A/L o If you need more information, please refer the following presentation https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to- select-the-study-stream-for-al Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 3
  4. 4. Doing your A/L studies successfully • How to do your Advanced Leve (A/L) studies successfully o If you need more information, please refer the following presentation https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to- do-your-advanced-leve-al-studies- successfully Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 4
  5. 5. 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) 5
  6. 6. What is tested in the exams? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 6
  7. 7. 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) 7
  8. 8. 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) 8
  9. 9. What is knowledge Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 9
  10. 10. 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) 10
  11. 11. What is tested (at concept level) ? • Do you have the following skills related to concepts Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 11
  12. 12. What is tested (at concept level) ? • 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 (auroracs.lk) 12
  13. 13. How to prepare for the exams? Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 13
  14. 14. Prepare for exams (Overview) • Remember that exam preparation is part of the bigger task of studying the subject o And not the other way round o So if you have not go through yet, highly recommended to go through “How to do your Advanced Leve (A/L) studies successfully “ https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to- do-your-advanced-leve-al-studies- successfully Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 14
  15. 15. 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) 15
  16. 16. 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) 16
  17. 17. 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) 17
  18. 18. 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) 18
  19. 19. 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) 19
  20. 20. 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) 20
  21. 21. 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) 21
  22. 22. 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) 22
  23. 23. 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) 23
  24. 24. 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) 24
  25. 25. Verify your understanding • You can verify yourself on understanding of a concept by answering following questions o What? • Explain the concept in short & clearly o Why? • What is the purpose or use of the concept? o Example/Usages • Can you give examples/use of the concept? o Discussion • Can you discuss the pros and cons of the concept • Relate to other concepts • What are the alternative concepts Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 25
  26. 26. How to answer MCQ papers effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 26
  27. 27. 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) 27
  28. 28. 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) 28
  29. 29. How to answer essay papers effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 29
  30. 30. 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) 30
  31. 31. 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) 31
  32. 32. 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) 32
  33. 33. 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) 33
  34. 34. How to answer structured essay papers effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 34
  35. 35. 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) 35
  36. 36. 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 • How to do your Advanced Level (A/L) studies successfully o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to-do-your- advanced-leve-al-studies-successfully Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 36
  37. 37. Thank You ! Presented by Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 37
  38. 38. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle. Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 38
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