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I have been taught lost of facts and I now need to need to know, i.e. able to think quite quickly in an exam situation, what the examiners are looking for. These questions seem easy AFTER I have seen the mark scheme! What I mean to say is, I knew these facts but didn't know I had to use all of them for the question. Another problem is potentil waffling.
Any help appreciated...
How do A students tackle this problem?
Answering a lot of questions in preparation helps I think. Using the feedback loop which you get from answering questions, correcting your answers and referring to the content helps to develop that exam skill.
Ok so basically you want to keep short and to the point. It can often be difficult to think of everything, but maybe ask for scrap paper, and jot all of your ideas down. Look at the number of marks, and highlight which points seem most relevant. Leave the question (assuming it's only a couple for the entire paper) and return to it at the end. During this time your brain will be working on the answer in the background, so you may come up with more ideas, while you tackle other questions on the paper. Now the majority of the paper is complete, your mind will relax, so more ideas may come to mind. Jot further ideas down on the scrap paper. Select the most relevant, and put them as your answer. If you are unsure, put more answers than needed to answer the question. But make sure they are correct. If they are not correct then you may lose marks, but if they are correct but irrelevant, you won't lose or gain marks. If you're unsure if it's correct or not, don't put it unless you have no other ideas, because you may lose some of the marks you had gained on that question.
Hope this makes sense :)