Exam Stress: ‘How can I get more marks?’

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No sooner are we into the new year than students are starting to feel the cold hand of dread on their hearts as exam season approaches. There is no magic solution to exams but there are simple practical things you can do to improve your chances of doing as well as possible. Note: madly texting boyfriend and parents at all hours of the night doesn’t feature on this list 🙂 .

This is a roundup of my most popular posts on exams and how to survive them. I do hope that you find them helpful.

Exam FAQs: Which question should you answer first? How long should an exam essay be? What can you do to get better marks? What’s the point of an exam? I do my best to answer these questions here.

Exam Myths: bullet points are fine, I have to show the examiner everything I know, biographical detail is important, examiners give better marks if you have good handwriting, the essay is too short, the examiner won’t notice :-).

How to do better in exams: sections on how to revise, be relevant, break down questions into blocks, use quotations and textual reference, common errors and how to avoid them.

How to choose exam questions: simple strategies for how to approach exam papers and to determine quickly but efficiently which questions you answer.

5-Minute Exam Tips: simple but important things you can do before and during the exam to maximise your chances of doing a good job.


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