Examination Techniques

At this stage of the process, you will have got to grips with new knowledge and will have worked actively to remember the information needed for the examinations. Ensure that you organise your time in such a way that you have left a space for practising the skills needed in the examinations. This means that you need to be able to recognise, at speed, information that has been restructured and reformulated in an exam question. You may want to practise with friends reformulating some of the questions on earlier papers or making up your own questions for each other.

  • Review and practise the skills needed in the examination. Skills may include:

· analysing exam questions (see ‘Cracking the Code’ in the Writing Effectively guide)

· planning essays

· writing appropriately and accurately

· arguing effectively, using appropriate concepts and theories

· close analysis of texts (verbal or visual) or other kinds of ‘evidence’

· selecting areas of knowledge in support of an argument

· synthesising and reaching a conclusion

· deciding which type of questions you are good at answering

· getting your ideas down in a specified time

· managing your time during an exam

· prioritising information in an exam


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