Friday, August 1, 2014

More Exam Tips For Exam Success

Are you facing the prospect of sitting exams? Almost everyone does at some time in their life. Do you know what to do to get exam success? To get those qualifications that are going to help you get where you want to be? Perhaps you want to go to college or university, or just get through school? Maybe you want a promotion, or a career progression or change and need to take exams to get there.

Despite the all important nature of exam success in our society few people actually seem to fully know what's expected of them when they are sitting exams, or how to best prepare themselves to achieve exam success. Often the "how to" part is largely left to chance, as if we will suddenly know by magic just what to do on the day of sitting exams! As if we should automatically know how to remember all the stuff taught to us.
In fact there's a bit to know about revision and exams: when and how to start revision, how to organise notes, how to optimize revision so you remember as much as possible, how to practice exam techniques, what to do on the day of sitting exams, and even what to do afterwards.

For this article I'll give some exam tips for completing multi-choice exams (which were personally my least favourite type, when I was a student!). Multi-choice provides an opportunity to test students over the whole subject area (in comparison to essays, for example, which test a few areas in depth). Many students panic about multiple-choice exams: they worry about getting confused between the possible alternative answers and may even end up guessing answers. However, there's a technique for answering multiple-choice questions, and some information you should keep in mind when sitting multiple-choice exams.

Multiple-choice questions

  • Be aware that the topics studied on your course may be shuffled around on the exam paper and not presented in a predictable order (this isn't always so, check past papers to see if this is likely to happen). Also the ideas and concepts you learned during your course will be reworded in different ways. You'll have to understand your course material in order to work out the answers, may not be able to rely solely on recall.
  • Treat "multiple choice" as ordinary short questions - read the questions carefully and see if you can work out answers before you look at the possibilities given. This is important as you may become doubtful of things you actually know if you look at all the possible answers immediately. Use a "cover-up" strategy. Cover the possible answers and try to answer the question. This will help you choose the correct answer and stop you getting distracted by other seemingly plausible options.
  • If you're sure you don't know an answer then eliminate those answers which are clearly non-sense before considering the remaining possibilities. This will increase your odds even if you don't know the answer. Remember that all but one answer has been made up. Making up lots of wrong answers isn't always easy, and some teachers often put the odd (or more) really daft answers in. Don't grumble about your teachers bad sense of humour - or imagine he or she is trying to insult you by including a stupid answer. These are not "trick" answers and the teacher hopes students will spot them easily, thus perhaps increasing your chances a little. Maybe you'll even enjoy the joke at the same time!
  • If you've really no idea about the answer to a question don't waste time agonising over it. Consider whether the possible answers are in the same topic area as the question, ruling out those answers which aren't. There may be clues to answers in other questions. Quickly see if you can spot any, or look for them as you proceed through the exam. If necessary come back to the question at the end, if you have time.
  • Don't be tempted to look for patterns in the answers. The order will have been chosen at random. Any patterns that are there will be entirely accidental.
  • Some institutions use a system of "negative marking" for multiple-choice exams, e.g. you might get 5 marks for a correct answer but minus a mark for an incorrect answer (sometimes called penalty marking). This is supposedly to account for the marks you would otherwise gain by correctly guessing at some answers, although not everyone agrees that the system is always as fair as it's made out to be. However if there's negative marking check how much will be subtracted per wrong answer. If, for example, one mark is given for a right answer and one deducted for a wrong answer, don't guess at answers. If on the other hand more marks are given for a correct answer than are deducted for a wrong answer you might want to take some calculated risks, e.g. if you are sure that one of two answers is right out of 5 possibilities.
  • You'll improve your ability to cope with multiple-choice questions if you practice. At first use your revision notes to help you. Later practice answering without notes, and then within the appropriate time limit. There are often a lot of questions to answer in the given time. Work out how much time you have for blocks of say 5 or 10 questions and practice answering at this rate.

Look out for the other articles I've written on this subject of sitting exams, exam tips and exam success, here and on Squidoo. Learn this stuff if you want to maximize your chances of exam success.
With best wishes for your exam success!

Let an experienced teacher and examiner give you more advice on adopting appropriate revision and exam techniques for sitting exams - you too should be given the chance to have exam success! Whatever you're studying the exam guide can help you maximize your chances of exam success.

Friday, July 25, 2014

How to pass SAT Exams

In the US sat exams are used to determine if a person is ready for college: they are college admission exams. The sat exam is now called the SAT Reasoning Test, previously it was the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test. It is a standardized exam owned, published, and developed by the College Board of the US and administered by the Educational Testing Service. The current sat exam takes three and three-quarter hours and is not free to take (recently cost $45 for US nationals). Among other things sat exams test mathematics, critical reading and writing skills.

For those who want to get in to college these exams are so important. So much emphasis is placed on having an education and passing exams can affect so much of your life. Despite this few people really know how to achieve exam success. Many students are never really taught how to pass exams: they are just told that they should! How can you ever reach your true potential exam success if you don't know how to revise effectively, how to prepare yourself and what approach to take to your exams at the time you sit them?
To do anything well you have to know how. During the last few years I've marked thousands of exam papers. I've seen students making the same mistakes I did as a student, and inventing others that hadn't occurred to me! Exam anxiety causes students to make easily avoidable mistakes - and they loose marks as a consequence. It's such a pity!

I've seen education both as a student and a teacher. A few years ago, and ten years after completing my formal education, I did a part-time course in mathematics, and then later another in animal behaviour. At the time I was working full-time, so studying was confined to evenings and weekends. It was only then that I really discovered and appreciated the importance of study and exam technique. By following some simple guidelines I completed the courses and gained distinctions. If only I'd knew about these techniques the first time round. If only all students could follow the same guidelines.

Here are a few general points to consider when facing sat exams, or any others. Look out my other articles for more tips and advice, but don't leave your exam success to chance!

  • When it comes down to it you're the one who'll be sitting exams. No-one else can revise for you, and there's no-one else to help you in an exam. Although the techniques of revision and answering exam questions can be learned you must invest time for practice and revision.The more you do this the better you'll become, and the more you'll be able to cope with your exams and succeed in them.
  • It's a useful to think about any previous exams you've taken when preparing for an upcoming exam. Make a list of problems you've encountered and things you want to improve for the future. Then you can look for advise that's specific to your needs. Don't, however, let your list limit you: I hope you'll find other information to help you improve your exam technique.
  • To study well you need to be relaxed and happy. If you're struggling with it's better to go and see your tutor straight away. If you wait you may get further behind. You'll also worry, which could adversely affect your other studies. Never be afraid to ask your tutors about things you're finding difficult - that's what they're there for,and it's what they expect you to do! However scary they seem, really they are just people who, in my experience, genuinely want their students to succeed!
  • Finally a word about worry! Although a little worry will probably drive you to prepare yourself, over-worrying is counter productive. Don't try to live up to unnecessarily high expectations, especially if they're other people's. Don't let others upset you and don't worry about whether your friends will do better than you. Remember that there's life after exams, so don't get things out of perspective! Remember too that if you prepare adequately you're unlikely to fail. If you do fail then there is always another way forward - get someone to help you think about all the options.

With best wishes for your sat exams and your future!

Let an experienced teacher and examiner give you more advice on passing your sat exams, by adopting appropriate revision and exam techniques. You too should be given the chance to have exam success! Whatever you're studying this guide can help you maximize your chances of exam success.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

How to Improve Your Exam Success

Most people dislike exams and could use a few exam tips to help them achieve better exam success. Almost everyone these days has to take exams. Whether we agree with it or not our society places so much emphasis on the importance of exams. And yet, despite this, many people have never really been told about how to pass exams and achieve exam success. After marking thousands of exam papers I've come realise how few people really know how achieve their true potential exam success.

Most peoples experience of exam tips probably extends to having been told to work hard so that they will remember a whole bunch of stuff on exam day. In itself that advice is not terribly useful. It doesn't tell you how you're going to rememer that stuff, or what steps you need to take to ensure you are well prepared when it comes to exam time. It's as though we are just expected to somehow know by magic, without the need to be specifically taught how! How can you ever reach your true potential exam success if you don't know how to revise effectively, how to prepare yourself, or what approach to take to your exam paper on exam day?

I've seen education both as a student, a university teacher and an examiner. A few years ago, and ten years after completing my formal education, I did a part-time course in mathematics, and then later another in animal behaviour. At the time I was working full-time, so studying was confined to evenings and weekends. It was only then that I really discovered and appreciated the importance of study and exam technique. By following some simple guidelines I completed the courses and gained distinctions. If only I'd knew about these techniques the first time round. If only all students could follow the guidelines.

If you are serious about achieveing exam success you need to find out about exam and revision technique well in advance of any exams. Here are a few exam tips about some revision techniques, to get you started, and thinking about how to achieve exam success:

  • Try to compile revision summaries throughout the course, not just at the end of it.
  • Don't confuse making a neat copy of your notes with revision. Such an exercise is likely to takes lots of time and you may well still have little idea of what's in your notes when you've completed it! You should, however, make sure you have all the necessary information for revision, and that you understand it. You'll remember things better if you understand them. If you get stuck with anything note down the problem so you can either look it up or ask about it later (your teacher, or a friend who "got that bit").
  • To make revision summaries divide each subject into topics and list the headings under each topic. In this way you'll be creating an index of what needs revising as well as dividing your revision into easy to manage sections. Make revision notes of the key points for each heading. Use lesson summaries to guide you, if these were provided.
  • Condense your notes by creating a list of headings with keywords for each point, selecting the most important points. You might want to make your revision notes as a series of summary cards.
  • Some people remember better if they visualize what they are memorizing. If that's you then make visually memorable notes: use colour, diagrams and mind maps, for example. You might even consider putting up posters of key information around your home.
  • Note down each topic on your revision plan, to ensure that everything's allotted revision time.
  • Try to answer practice questions using only your revision notes. If you can't then modify your notes. When you're happy that you can answer questions from your notes revise from these.Eventually you should try and answer questions without the aid of your notes.
  • At least once you should simulate an exam situation with 'a set and timed examination paper'. The paper should be as near to the true exam format as possible. The easiest way to ensure this is so is to use a past exam or sample paper. This "mock" exam will not only test how much you know but also get you more used to the "exam atmosphere", helping to reduce your anxiety about the "real thing".
  • Evaluate answers by checking them against your notes. Examine them to see how they could be improved. Highlight anything you missed, along with anything that's incorrect. Re-revise this information.
Whatever you're studying this guide can help you maximize your chances of exam success. Let an experienced teacher and examiner give you more exam tips and adopt appropriate revision and exam techniques. You too should be given the chance to have exam success!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

How SAT preparation courses works



With simple pencil shading your future is decided and you will come to know where you are after completing your studies abroad. This can be achieved with best training and on-hand practice as well. The person who knows very well about these types of exams can only guide a better path and make you reach safely into your dream world. 

SAT preparation is not a difficult task to stress yourself or strain with much pressure. It’s just a one word answers where you must think and give work to your brain attaining more concentration. You can learn and grab information from various online resources available such as Audio, Video, white board, Chat and online document sharing facility. Before you get into a discussion you must check out thoroughly what you going to prepare and what are the reference you can get from the particular subjects. 

Act accordingly with proper time management schedules and plan a routine, avoid disturbance and other substances which spoil your mood of study. This is the place where you have to show how well you are interested in SAT preparation to achieve your career. Usage of cell-phones, SMS, TV, discussions, chats must be strictly avoided during study time. The more effort you put. More the opportunity and choices you may get, to select the college of your choice.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

How To Overcome Entrance Exam Fever

Every student life has been trapped and bypassed with a common term called “EXAM FEVER”. This is not a much complicated word and at the same time it is not the easiest thing you can get through, until and unless you are confident about yourself in what you are doing. No matter for what you’re appearing. If you don’t follow rules and regulation, if you didn’t cope-up in particular subject. Automatically the result says you are suffering from exam fever. This can be overcome with effective solution by attending IIT JEE coaching http://go4guru.com/iit-jee-coaching.html. Exams are the stepping stone for our success in life. To cross each level of success we need to appear for exams. This is the best way to prove ourself were we are in this world in-front of other people and to our family.

No matter how much topics you have covered in particular subject. Revising them often and recollecting them in a fraction of seconds shows how confident you’re and you memory power strength too. A bit of tension and stress will make you to study more confidently with allocated time. You may think what tensions and stress going  to do, both will reduce our confidence and strength. Absolutely not, if you are bit tensed and stressed, automatically you will imagine about your future and you will start learning with full concentration. This leads to a good understanding between you and the related subject what you going to prepare. Your hard work and efforts you put to overcome the exams will never fail and it produces good output and you can come out with flying colors in-front of everyone. So always be goal oriented and act accordingly to achieve it the best way possible.

The other important facts while preparing for exams a person normally undergoes are as follows: tiredness, difficulties, feel sleep, loss of appetite, severe headache, the last one is that whatever you study it won’t get reflected when you recollect it back while you are in exams hall in front of the white paper which is left blank as it is before. If you are undergoing this type of symptoms then beware of taking some positive steps to overcome this at the earliest possible. These are the main factors where you are lagging behind apart from your memory power and concentration in studies. You can refer some news papers and magazines to follow-up some useful tips regarding IIT JEE entrance exam and how to crack them out with effective solutions.

Before setting up your goals, be confident and estimate your powers and capabilities in a planned manner. Always set a target and try to achieve it and if you got fail, don’t under estimate yourself. Change the negative energy into positive one, next time when you are scheduling make a perfect time table and work accordingly. Surely you can achieve before the time allotted. Finally in exam hall don’t get panic, feel relaxed and right confidently. Success will knock the door and rest in peace at your heart.

Thursday, September 26, 2013