One of the most important things about exam preparation is actually understanding what the examiner is looking for in the test and exam. Without understanding what the examiner is looking for, you will never be successful, no matter how well you plan and prepare.
Let me give you an example- there are always a hand full of students in every class who for no apparent reason always get mediocre test and exam results. These students are always attentive in class, diligent in their note taking and do plenty of homework. Why is it then that they never excel in tests and exams?
The answer to the question why these students don’t do well on their tests and exams is because they don’t understand what is expected of them in a test or exam, or to put it another way, they didn’t understand what the examiner is looking for.
You need to talk to your teacher or lecturer about the layout of the exam. Ask questions like how much time should I spend on each question, where am I expected to show working out, where do I need to put a diagram etc.
Practice old exam papers regularly and make an appointment to sit down with your teacher and go over a random selection of questions you have answered. If you are not getting 100% for each question, ask the question- what do I need to do to get 100% for this question? Often the answer to this question is as simple as a diagram, or not enough information or lack of working out.
Once you fully understand what is expected of you in an exam you will be on your way to excelling in exams.
So take note: Always understand what the examiner is looking for in a test or exam. Ask your teacher or lecturer what is expected to achieve top marks and you too will start achieving great results too.
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