In Exam Tips
Since we are officially in exam season worldwide, here are some tips to help you while in your exam.
1. Take all necessary materials with you: Most examiners restrict candidates from borrowing items such as pens, pencils, rulers etc. So make sure you take all the stationary you’ll need to the exam.
2. Read the questions: Spend some time reading the questions and decide which ones you plan to answer.
3. Plan your time: Having read the questions, you are now in a position to allot how much time you need to spend on each section, depending on your strength, or lack thereof, on the topics being tested in the respective sections.
4. Jot down ideas as they come to you: If while answering a question, information on another question comes to you, jot it down. If you don’t, then you run the risk that when you reach that question you won’t be able to remember the point that came to you earlier.
5. Attempt all questions: If you are short on time, write the answers in note form for essay questions; for multiple choice, guess the answers (that is if points are not subtracted for incorrect answers); if you have no clue what the answer to a question is, make up something, who knows you might just get a point or two for what you wrote.
6. Don’t spend too much time on problem questions: If you encounter a question that you have problem answering, don’t spend too much time on it. Leave it, attempt other questions, and if you have time left, then go back to that problem question.
7. Don’t panic: If you find yourself running short on time, just write the answers in notes form (for essay questions) or guess for multiple choice (that is if points are not subtracted for incorrect answers); if you can’t remember the answer to a question you studied, jus move on, who knows it might just come back to you while you’re working on another question.
8. Use Elimination: Apply the process of elimination to determine correct answers/rule out incorrect answers.
9. Edit and proofread: Always re-read your answers. Under exam constraints you are bound to make some spelling, grammar and or even organization errors.
10. Never leave the Exam early: Exams are made to test you, if you realise you have ‘breezed’ through the paper, re-read all your answers. Make sure you answer what the questions ask, and not what you think they ask.
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