How to Excel in Any Exam
Sep 28, 2009 Study Skills 1543 Views
All the people love to excel in their examinations and attain the best grades but the question remains how? This article examines some important aspects required to excel in any exam. They include: Preparation, knowledge your the likes of your examiners, proper use of time, logical presentation of your work and having enough time to rest before the exam.
Have enough time to prepare for your test. Read and discuss with your friends about the same exam consult libraries, bookstores and Internet. Revise previous and relevant past papers if possible. The secret of excelling is threefold: Prepare, Prepare and prepare! Sitting for an exam without enough preparation is like eating a meal which is half-baked.
Find out the likes and dislikes of the examiner. This will help you to avoid presenting unnecessary information to the examiner. You need to learn what your examiners are looking for and give it to them. A previous marking guide or discussing with one of the examiners can do you a good deal. Try to access the examiners reports if possible and read their comments.
Budget for your time properly. This depends on the number of questions you are supposed to answer. Divide the time you are given by the number of questions you have depending on their length and marks awarded per question; and answer each question within its time limit. If you do not finish the question in time, leave some space and come back to it after you have finished the rest, if time allows.
Present your work precisely and logically. Good handwriting is essential for your examiner to understand what you are writing about in order to give you appropriate marks. Examiners are impressed by very good hand writing and at times they give bonus marks to those candidates who write very well. They are irritated by poor hand writing and this may lead to loss of marks thus poor performance. Please write well and you will excel in your exams.
Read, understand and follow the instructions properly. Understanding and following instructions is part of passing an exam. Most examiners get irritated and deny marks to those candidates who are careless and do not follow the instructions properly. You may do well all the rest but fail to follow instructions hence loss of marks resulting into poor performance.
Have sufficient time to rest the night before you sit for your exam. This will help your mind and body to be sober thus function properly. The sober mind remembers what you read properly and reason logically. Never sleep in an overnight the night before you do an exam! You can actually dose in an exam and wake up only to find when all the time for an exam is already gone!