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Effective Examination Techniques

It is perfectly natural to feel anxious about an approaching exam. This feeling of nervousness, is created by your body's secretion of adrenalin, and is necessary to give you the boost you need to perform at your optimal level.

The following techniques can help you to settle those nerves before your exam:
.::. Make sure you have registered for your exam.
.::. Make sure your exam timetable is correct.
.::. Make sure you take all the necessary equipment into the exam.
.::. Before attempting to answer questions, it is critical to read through the entire paper, paying close attention to the instructions and mark allocations .Before attempting to answer a question, read it carefully, paying attention to the verbs used (i.e. discuss, explain, name etc.)
.::. If you are given a choice of questions, mark those which immediately appeal to you (do not worry at this stage if there are questions you think you cannot do).
.::. Work out how much time should be spent on each question, according to the mark allocations and total time allowed to complete the exam.
.::. Number your questions carefully and exactly in the same manner as they are numbered on the question paper e.g. 1.1.1 or A.1)
.::. Start with the questions you can do easily, leaving space for and returning later to answer earlier questions, so that your answers are in the correct order for the examiner.
.::. For long, essay-type questions, first plan your answer, by jotting down the main points in rough, as well as deciding on the introduction, body and conclusion.
.::. If you are not sure of the meaning of a question, ask for clarification. Don't hesitate to ask your instructor or invigilator for clarification.
.::. Before you hand in your exam paper, proofread it at least once, and make sure you haven't left out any questions, sub-questions, answers or parts of answers.
.::. Avoid not answering a question, even if you are not sure about the answer - always try to use your common sense in such an instance. Try t6 keep calm and to think clearly.
.::. Avoid "negative self-talk", which will have a debilitating effect on your performance.

Where & When to Start Studying
The best time to begin to study is when you receive your first study unit, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead. Draw up a study plan/schedule that allows you the time you need to get through the work you want to cover, scheduling study time every day, even if only an hour. You need to prioritise when you study, starting with the most important or difficult sections while you are fresh.
Include in your schedule, breaks for coffee, watching TV, a chat or just ten minutes to an hour of stretching and breathing exercises. This will get your circulation going, wake you up and help you to Concentrate.

Put this study plan on your wall where you are going to study and stick to it.

When you open a study unit, look at the contents page to see what each chapter is about. Take your time to absorb what you will be learning, and then focus on one section at a time. Always read the outcomes or learning objectives at the beginning of each study unit or chapter, so you know what you are going to learn before you start. Look carefully at the headings for each section, and see how everything fits together. Do the tasks and self-assessment questions in the study units, as these are designed to consolidate your understanding.

Interact with the study material - make notes and highlight the parts you think are the key points.

Get a friend or member of your family to ask you questions, so you become confident about answering.

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