HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN EXAMINATIONS 1.

Planning Course Material

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Select the book which adequately covers the topic you are studying. You may also select different books for different topics The key to selecting the right text book is consulting your teachers / senior students. You may also refer the list of recommended reading available on the website The All Essential Plan

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Panic makes you think less clearly, so avoid it by starting work early. Lecturers/tutors assume that you will decide for yourself what and when to revise and may give little direction. A Good Plan Helps You:

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Identify if you are spending too much time on a topic Know what you have already done. Know what still needs to be done Prioritize things for effective studying. Factors be Considered When Planning

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Study Sessions should be from one to three hours Have a definite break every hour Avoid late hours Revision for other papers at the same time Family commitments, relationships, friendships Contingencies such as illness How much sleep you need Plan recreation and relaxation into your time table Monitoring Your Plan Check your plan regularly to see how well you are doing. You may need to amend your plan, e.g. if something unexpected happens or if some revision takes longer than expected. Sample Plan The Sample Plan should contain the following columns:

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Name of Topic Source of coverage Time required Completion status Revision 1 Revision 2 2. Preparation Where to Study

How many marks did you lose as a result of simple errors in your responses? . light. which you may find difficult to learn and retain Your notes should ideally be in the form of pointers which are easier to remember and quicker to revise Underline important points Even if a paper involves mathematical calculation it is still very important that you study the theory also to learn the concepts and logic behind the mathematical workings and formulae. reading etc. Principles of Understanding y y y y Always aim for understanding Look for examples to illustrate the topic Promote understanding by rearranging material. reading etc. Attempting the Paper . within 12 hours of writing. questioning the ideas and looking for links with old ideas Consider your topic from all possible angles Principles of Memorizing y y y y y y y y y y Never memorize something that you don¶t understand Always try to link new material with what you have previously learnt Select the important items to remember Organize the material into a meaningful system The sequence of memorizing should be the same as the logical sequence of the material Long pieces should be memorized in shorter chunks Go over notes. Try to master each topic before leaving it but do not spend so much time that other areas or subjects are ignored Over learn.How many marks were lost because you could not interpret a question or you answered a different question from the one you were asked? .What were your total marks? .How many marks were lost because you ran out of time? y y y y Identify weak areas Work on weak areas Go through the examiner comments Actually attempt the questions and do not just go through the solutions 3. Don¶t stop when you have only just learnt something Start each session with a review of the previous session Mock Examinations y y Atleast 10-15 days before the end of the leave conduct real time mock examinations Self assessment Make an assessment of your answers by responding to the following questions related to the marks gained: .How many marks were lost because you did not understand the theory? . well ventilated room Away from other distractions Properly furnished Summarising Key Points y y y y Don¶t make long notes in the form of paragraphs.y y y y Always in the same place Choose a warm.

a main initial point to make an impact which you then develop . present information in a clear order. Scenario Type Questions « How to Answer Them y y y y y y It has been noted that most students only give the conclusions in such type of questions The most important aspect of giving such questions is to test if you have understood the concepts Therefore the key to such questions is the reasoning and not the conclusion The examiner is interested in the thought process that went into the conclusion.Examination Techniques y y y y y y y y y y Controlling the anxiety is the key Arrive early at the exam to avoid panic.g. If you have proper reasoning that forms the basis for your conclusions you can atleast get pass marks even if your conclusion does not match with that of the examiner. advise. return to it if you have time to spare. This will reduce your anxiety and allow you to sort out issues which may consume your time during the examinations.Putting different sides of an argument . Just by giving pointers you can atleast secure some marks and convey your knowledge to the examiner. In the exam. Stop working on it when that time is up. It may not be practical to give examples where only brief answers are required As far as possible give answers in pointers showing the main heading and then describing it inappropriate details as per the requirements of the question. spend the first 5 minutes glancing through the paper to make sure you understand the instructions and to decide which questions to answer first. the last 25% are the hardest.step by step points where there is a sequence or stage . You can conclude correctly without any reasoning. Read the question very carefully until you know exactly what is required Note any special requirements e. Questions«How to Answer Them Possibilities for organizing your information in an exam include: y y First plan your answer as to how you want to go ahead with your answer Give a clear opening paragraph.Grouping theories/concepts through a theme y y y y Present your work well. Write clearly so the examiner can read your work. Be on your seat atleast 10 minutes before the examinations. The opening paragraph should be linked with final conclusions through one of the following ways: . list. detail. jot down the main points to include while they are in your mind and return later. The examiner knows this and therefore no marks are allowed for guessing the conclusion ± you must support it. Headings and a good layout make your work easier to read Tables and graphs need to be clear with correct labeling Use practical examples to illustrate the points made subject to the availability of time and requirements of the question. a final paragraph drawing conclusions/summarizing. Number answers correctly. the next 25% are harder. Spending too much time on favorite topic at the expense of others may cost you the exam Repetition of the same point using different descriptions does not fool the examiner & only wastes time The first 50% of the marks of a particular question are the easiest to get. . explain. by sheer guessing you have a fifty percent chance of getting it right. If you run out of time: two half answers may get more marks than one full one. Budget your time for each question in proportion to the marks given. report etc.

Find out in advance as much as possible about the examination centre or the exam room. not as a way of tripping you up.g. Identify what to do in the first 5 minutes of the exam in what order and stick to it.e.what you answered . .how you answered y y y y y y y y y y y y Start each new answer on a new page The arrangement should be pleasing to the eyes Write a fairly large and legible handwriting. distract yourself) Avoid being overtired (is it worth staying up late to cram in extras?). of concepts and principles). and exams as a chance to show what you can do. visualize a pleasant scene. Take deep breaths Do good revision/preparation. handkerchiefs etc) Calm yourself beforehand (e. Work out what to do if you panic«. Make yourself comfortable for the exam (eg warm/cool clothes.it can make you mentally alert. Trying to remember facts then may block out 'deep learning' (i. You will do better if you see stress as positive. But you should not try to change your style just for the examinations.How to Improve the Presentation of Your Scripts y Marks that you will obtain for your answers depends on two factors: . You will have to practice it before the examinations Write your headings boldly Use a dark ink and medium pointed nib Leave space between subsections of answers The subject matter should be broken up into small paragraphs Use Apt sub-headings as it attracts the attention to the main divisions of the chapter The sentences should be short and crisp Make cancellations and corrections neatly Insert new words or sentences legibly and in an orderly way Watch your spelling and punctuation as it helps quick reading & prevent misunderstanding Most Commonly Made Mistakes y y y y y y y y y y y Not resting adequately before the paper General instructions given on the answer scripts and sent with the admit card are often ignored Questions are not read carefully Not planning before attempting the question Getting stuck over a single question Not clearly stating the assumptions used Not being quick enough Presentation and workings not clearly shown Students do not complete the paper more due to selective studies and not because of the length of the paper Students tend to repeat points Irrelevant points are given Coping with Nerves y y y y y y y y y Stress can be good . Avoid last minute revision.