7 tips to help every student pass exams
Preparation Processes During The Examination–7 tips to help every student pass exams
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One of our teachers told us, ‘You have a whole life to study but only six months to pass this paper. So, concentrate on understanding what the examiner wants’.
Here are 7 tips to help every student pass exams, based on my experiences:
1. No limiting belief
– Remove the limiting belief that you can’t pass.
– I have seen students under the impression that an examiner is their enemy. Please don’t think so. Pass percentage might be low, but students do pass their exams. So, don’t think that you will be in a failure category ever.
2. Understand the structure of the paper
– First of all, understand the structure of the paper. Is there any mark allocated for a particular question?
– Secondly, if there is mark allocated, is the examiner following it? The best thing to do is to review the past three to five years’ papers.
– What is the key topic i.e. examiner’s favourite? Is there any article written by the teacher/lecturer on any other topic/book related to your course? Study that topic and prepare for it, even if you don’t like it!
3. Taking notes
– Prepare for exams by way of taking ‘notes’ which you can recall quickly at the time of taking exam. This will help in two manners. First, when you write, you are in a better position of giving your mind instruction through written letters. Secondly, you can revise from your notes instead of opening a text book when exam day is approaching.
Here are my strategies for taking notes:
– Take a paper and turn it in landscape format.
– Put three columns in landscape form.
– Once done, take synopsis of a chapter in smaller fonts and the language which you can easily understand.
– Write bullet points, important concepts and key ideas which you need to remember.
– These notes should be used at the time when the paper is on head and you need to revise whole subject in two to three hours.
4. Remembering / memorizing key-ideas and formulae
– One of the concept ideas to memorize ideas and formula is to write them in small charts and hang it in front of your bed.
– See those formulae daily before going to bed and rising up.
– Use different colour markers and highlighters.
5. Examination practice (Self-testing)
– Practice mock exams – be your own examiner. Although many students boycott taking Mock Examination with the assumption the results are inconsequential.
– Take any past paper and solve it as a mock exam (i.e., self-test).
– Solve past paper in the time allocated to it. Think as if you are in exam hall and solve the paper accordingly.
– Check your paper and give yourself marks.
– See how you are performing in mock exam and be sincere to yourself before the main exam commences.
6. Time yourself on each paper-Here is a technique to time your paper: Take total marks and total time. Subtract 10 minutes from the total minutes. Divide the remainder with the marks and you get time per marks.
Example: If there are 100 marks for a paper and you have 180 minutes. Subtract 10 minutes. This means you have 170 minutes altogether or 1.7 minutes per mark.
• Make sure that you don’t spend more than 1.7 minutes per mark e.g. if a question is of 10 marks, the maximum time you should spend should be 17 minutes.
• It happens that students try to focus on one particular question and if they are unable to solve it, they get confused. Don’t panic. Start next question. If you have time, you can take up that particular question later on.
• Try to allocate 10 minutes at the end of exam to review the paper thoroughly.
7. Write legibly
See for spelling errors and writing style. Writing needs to be legible and understandable. As a teacher to many students, I have noticed the spelling errors and the way students write, at times, is not understandable. Examiners have very limited time to check or mark your paper. If your paper is examiner-friendly, you are going to attract good marks.
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