Ever wondering or worrying about performing well in the exam?
Exams are tests/papers to check and determine ability of a student usually in the written forms but sometimes also in the form of interviews. Performing well in an exam no only promotes to the next level but grades also impacts on future careers. Itâ€™s been a great discussion between students that how to attempt exams to perform well and show the ability. The ultimate answer and result resides in hard work and showing natural ability in every examination.
The environment in each type of exam could be different across different disciplines. Just like some computer students get tested in front computer, psychological test can be conducted using interviews while some other in the laboratory etc. But every exam/test can be approached in much the same way with the below written tips.
Past papers are of great importance and a help to the students in every kind of exam. If the exam is of interview type other people who have attempted the exam can help a lot while others written exams can be easily and perfectly attempted using previous papers. Students whether in regular examination or distance education can get an excellent idea of the pattern of papers in the examination hall. Students particularly in distance learning can get help from past papers because they are not physically touched with their instructors or universities.
This process isnâ€™t about finding old papers and preparing specific question from past papers but itâ€™s all about understanding the pattern and knowing how to approach the question of similar or different types. It gives the idea to structure the answers in a well and organized manner. The timing of previous paper helps to attempt all the question within the given time.
Consequently, past papers provide an easiest and efficient way to test yourself just before your exam!
Taking rest before exam day is a good practice to refresh mind as well as body. If you need to work so hard in the night even then you need to sleep for few hours.
Having proper breakfast, comfortable clothing and taking all necessary tolls likes pencils, calculators etc makes you confident and calm. But remember DONâ€™T BE EVER OVERCONFIDENT.
Generally, it is bad practice to equally divide the time for each question because sometime few questions need more mind attention than others while some need more calculations if it is some sort of statistic paper. So, just keep an eye on your watch to check the remaining time know the other questions can be attempted in the remaining time. It is highly recommended to used wrist watch as it is easier to watch time and if it is possible use timer/stopwatch. If the paper is of theory type and all questions comprises equal marks you time can be equally shared otherwise it isnâ€™t wise to equally divide. If you have equally shared whole time for each question you must then move to the next question once you hit time limit to give full attention to the next question.
Donâ€™t ever calculate time till last minute but keep some extra time at the end of paper to thoroughly recheck paper. This could greatly impact in bumping up your grade.
Most of the time you know the exact time you need to take to attempt each question but it is the nature that most of the students starts slowly but when time is very short they start writing at a great pace. It is very important to attempt all question at the same pace. Before paper just think you the required speed you need to attempt all question and be consistent throughout paper. In this way one finds time to manage time easily and pay attention to all questions!
Reading and understanding a question is a skill and part of paper. Read full question and make a sketch in your mind. Most of the time you have tons of data in your mind, once you have a good sketch of question in your mind you can make a good choice of your knowledge for perfect and efficient answer. Some time in stress situation you make a mistake in your choice for answer and you waste your vital time. Donâ€™t just read and jump into writing the answers, understand question and give a short time to rethink. And remember: you should stay into the topic you are writing about, donâ€™t digress and start explaining other stories.
Note: Read full question even if have seen a similar question somewhere and you realize it the same question.
Attempt all question even if you arenâ€™t sure of correct answer. However, be careful in some sort of MCQs type papers where you could cost yourself valuable marks due to negative marking.
Rechecking is a smart way to remove mistakes and add some extra comments etc. You canâ€™t throw some quotations, add comments and draw quick diagrams to make the idea clearer. If you are in a statistical paper you can correct some of calculation errors.
Be punctual and bring all the tools with you instead of borrowing some of the writing tools/items or calculator as it creates disturbance.
Donâ€™t be ever afraid of toughness of paper but believe in you hard work. You should be confident. Sometimes the questions appear to be tough, but when you start attempting you find them easier. So, be calm and donâ€™t get unduly worried about the tougher part.
Practicing past/previous papers, being punctual, reading full paper and understanding all questions comprehensively bump up your grades. You should be in the examination center before the time so you can judge the environment for your paper.