5 ways to win over the examiner

5 ways to win over the examiner

Win over the examinerIt’s an important part of your exam success to get into your examiner’s head. How can you improve your chances of higher marks? What will the examiner look for? Read on..

1. Magic In Method

When you have to calculate your answer by going through several different stages it is important that you document them in the space provided. If the final answer is wrong, your logic and the process that you used can gain valuable marks. A correct final answer without any working can cost your more marks than a wrong answer with the correct working!

2. No Excuses!

One of the most important rules in not losing unnecessary marks is ensuring that no questions are left blank. Attempting questions that seem impossible will often help you to pick-up marks you hadn't accounted for. Often during the process of writing you engage your memory and unlock knowledge that you didn't know you had. The best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing!

3.Tricky Time-Management

In the examiner's reports it is common to read that questions towards the end of exams are often of a lower quality compared to questions at the beginning of an exam. This is usually an indication that students have failed to manage their time properly. Try to plan how long you are allowed on each question by dividing the number of questions by the overall length of the exam. This will give you a rough time-limit per question, and help you to manage your time.

4.Silly Spelling

Marks are always lost when students fail to spell key words correctly. If you are unsure on how to spell a specific term, focus on ensuring that you can describe the concept using good spelling and grammar. Your understanding of the principle is often enough for you to side-step losing marks by misspelling the key-term required in your answer.

Sometimes Less is More

Examiner's regularly state that students struggle to be selective with the information they  use when answering questions. Consequently they are “brain-dumping” as much information as possible hoping to cover all of the required points. This approach can lose students marks!  Be selective and intelligent with what you write down, and overall you will achieve a higher mark. Writing unnecessary content also wastes your precious time in the exam and gains you no extra marks.

5. Be Bold

Examiners don't want to catch you out! When examiners write the papers they will often draw your attention to key words in some of the questions by placing them in bold or italic. Make sure that you pay close attention to these words, otherwise it is likely that you will miss the important aspects of your task.

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