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How to face the A/L exam effectively

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How to face the A/L exam effectively

  1. 1. How to face A/L exam effectively by Nalaka Gamage (auoracs.lk) Aurora Computer Studies 1
  2. 2. Agenda • Strategy • Pre-game activities • Facing MCQ papers • Facing essay papers • Facing structured papers Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 2
  3. 3. Strategy Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 3
  4. 4. The strategy • Take it as a challenge • Have a reasonable & challenging objectives • Mange it rather than just do it • Do not expect miracles to happen in the exam day • Do not cheat ! Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 4
  5. 5. Take it as a challenge • We all like challenges • So take exam as a challenge and do your best o When you do your best you should be able to accept what ever the outcome Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 5
  6. 6. Reasonable objectives • By the time of the exam, you must have a reasonable evaluation of your position • Set the objective according to your capabilities o Too high objectives mere stress you o Too less objectives waste your potential • Be realistic, yet reasonably challenging Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 6
  7. 7. Manage • Plan everything o But make your plan agile • Make sure you have organize the resources for the paper • During the exam, periodically check if you go according to the plan and take control measures or adequately change the plan Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 7 Plan Organize Control
  8. 8. No cheating • Tendency to cheating is natural • You may gather few marks by cheating also • But thought of cheating; o completely ruin your focus o First step in forming yet another petty fox/crook for the society o This type of parasites are burden/cancer to the society Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 8
  9. 9. Pre game Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 9
  10. 10. Exams eve • Make sure you have collected o Valid Identity card o Admission card o Correct time table • Good health o Have a relax mind set • Too much study make you stress & fatigue o Have good night sleeps during exam days o Reduce eating from out side to reduce risk of possible stomach problems Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 10
  11. 11. Exam day(s) • Have the alarm set and also inform reliable person to wake up you in time • Before leaving home, double check all the required documents and stationaries o Valid ID card o Admission o Pens & pencils o Any other special stationary required o A bottle of water Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 11
  12. 12. Exam day(s) • Have proper meal before the exam • Leave in time • Have backup transportation arranged and/or enough money in hand in case of need to transport in a private vehicle Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 12
  13. 13. At the exam • First thing you do is write your index number correctly • Gather enough extra papers and do not hesitate to ask for more whenever needed • If you face any reasonable issue like unclear printing, missing pages, give it to the attention of the examination duty officer Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 13
  14. 14. At the exam (cont.) • Do not disturb others • Finish everything at least 5 minutes before schedule end time and use final 5 minutes to do any verifications or final work. • Take maximum time and never leave early Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 14
  15. 15. Facing MCQ Papers Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 15
  16. 16. 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) 16
  17. 17. 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) 17
  18. 18. Facing Essay Papers Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 18
  19. 19. Facing essay papers • Check the number of questions to answer and if there are mandatory questions • If marks for each sub question is given, consider that in making choice of selection • If there are calculation oriented questions rather than fuzzy/discussion or open ended questions and, if you are sure of calculation, its more favorable to pick that type of questions Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 19
  20. 20. Facing essay 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 questions o 3 rd round – Review answered questions and attempt more difficult questions if time permit Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 20
  21. 21. 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) 21
  22. 22. 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) 22
  23. 23. 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) 23
  24. 24. Facing Structured Essay Papers Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 24
  25. 25. 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) 25
  26. 26. 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) 26
  27. 27. Thank You ! Presented by Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 27
  28. 28. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle. Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 28
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