Exams come in all shapes, sizes, forms and difficulty. They vary on a wide range of factors and differ depending on which stage of studies you’re currently at or even what subject you study, but they all share one fundamental objective: to test the knowledge of the learner. There are certain tips and tricks that can act as a cheat code for students when tackling any written exam and we have listed them in this blog so that you’re able to achieve your desired grade.
Manage your time
Prior to your exam it is essential you work out how much time you can allocate to each question. Once you’re in the exam, you’ve got your head down and you’re focusing all your energy on getting all you’ve studied for down on the paper, it can become easy to lose track of time and waste precious minutes. Keep a keen eye on the clock, briefly flashing your eyes up to it every couple of sentences to ensure you’re sticking to your guidelines. It can be tempting to spend longer on a question if the time you allocated has come to and end and you’re not yet finished. Don’t. Doing so will mess up your whole schedule, you can always return to this question at the end if you find yourself twiddling your thumbs.
Practice a past exam or 50
Perhaps the most crucial advise that could ever be given. Nothing teaches you best about timing, structure and question types than banging out past exam after past exam. Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you’re unable to get it wrong. Questions are only likely to change slightly and question types are likely to stay exactly the same. This won’t just help you to write within the time limit, but will also enable you to memorise content easier.
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Review your answers
Never finish a question without checking it back over. Once you’ve got all you know down on paper it’s tempting to turn the page and never look back it. This is a big no no. Reviewing what you write can help to jog your memory, helping you add to your answer. Or, alternatively, you may spot spelling or grammatical mistakes that may cost you a serious amount of marks.
Good introduction & conclusion
The truth is that everyone, including your examiner lacks concentration and their mind wanders. It is also true that first and last impressions count, especially with the person marking your exam. This is why you should spend extra special care introducing and signing out your exam, make it a work of art. In your introduction talk them through what the answer will contain, how you wish to explore the topic at hand and anything else relevant to your answer. When concluding, make sure you don’t just provide a boring summary of what you’ve written. Instead, offer something insightful, leave them with something to ponder on, leave them impressed.
Know your stuff
There’s nothing worse than getting in the exam, trying to write an answer that will wow and shock the examiner and constantly drawing blanks. You can save yourself this problem by ensuring you know everything like the back of your hand before you take your seat in the exam hall. You shouldn’t just know all that is required, you should go that one extra step and know more than they expect. Providing that extra little fact or approaching an issue from another angle can really wow the examiner into giving you those extra marks that will be sure to boost your grade. StuDocu not only has endless amounts of study documents related to your course, but also has flashcard sets that can help test your knowledge and solidify its place within your brain.
Now you know how to write the perfect exam answer once you’re in the exam, all that’s left is the studying side of things. Stuck with that? This blog can help.