A Parent's Guide to Exams

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Contents of this site.

A summary of the techniques that this site teaches:

    1 - Introduction.

    A short introduction explaining why the author of these techniques teaches them from a new, different and useful perspective. These techniques are relevant for secondary and tertiary students.

    2 - Why Technique is Important.

    Here we look at the elements that make up an exam result. If any of these elements are missing the exam paper will lose marks.

    3 - A Professional Approach.

    From his experience in teaching and in industry the author shows how good report and essay writing technique can help students get a better mark, get into a better job and then help them be more successful in that job. That better mark can also help students get into a better tertiary course.

    4 - The Other Dimension.

    Here we discuss how to look at the assignment requirements from another angle to ensure we are actually seeing all the important aspects. Missing these other aspects can lose a student marks in their exam. This approach is also needed for essays.

    5 - Your Marketing Campaign.

    We discuss how students should treat their exam preparation and the exam day as a "marketing campaign." The whole point of a marketing campaign is to work out ways to achieve the best results for ourselves.

    6,7,8 - Working with your teacher.

    The way a student works with their teacher is important in getting every mark they can for their exam. We discuss how students can use the approach of "Upward Managing" their teacher and how they can ensure they are taking steps to "Exceed Expectations;" an important part of their campaign.

    We then move on to the practical aspects of approaching an exam. Here we discuss the ways that students can lose marks. There are many techniques we teach to help them stop doing this.

    9 - Why do we do Exams.

    Here we stop and think about why students have to do exams. Understanding this helps us get our head around techniques to attack the problem.

    10 - How do Teachers mark Reports and Essays.

    As part of the "marketing campaign," we look at how teachers actually go about marking exam answers. It is important for students to understand each of the steps teachers go through so that they can ensure they are using the right techniques to grab every mark.

    11,12 - Theories and Analysis.

    These techniques help students ensure that they are addressing both the concepts taught in class and the use of these concepts in their exams.

    13,14 - Mind-Maps.

    Here we show how to use Mind-Maps to help us really understand the way that the different frameworks, models and theories of a subject fit together. This helps students work out which ones to use.

    15,16,17 - Preparation.

    Here we explain techniques that help students prepare for the exam. There are simple things they can do to help take the pain out of study.

    18 - Tactics During the Exam.

    There are a range of techniques students can use during the exam to extract every possible mark.

    19 - Disecting the Question.

    This section shows the techniques required to understand all the parts of the question. Often there are more parts to a question than first appears. It is crucial to do this well in exams as well as inassignments..

    20 - Are you Actually Answering the Question ?

    This technique helps us work out if we are actually answering the question or if we are answering something else by mistake. This can save students a lot of wasted time and stress.

    21,22 - Balance & Weighting.

    An important part of getting better marks in an exam is to use a "Calculated" approach in our writing. This helps students ensure that they do not waste time on some questions while neglecting others. This is critical in getting a better mark. This is the same situation in reports and essays.

    23,24 - Density of Evidence.

    Teachers are looking for a certain "Density" of good information in a student's writing. We explain how to attack this.

    25,26,27 - Summary Methods.

    Here we show techniques to help students get plenty of information into their answers while using less words.

    28 - Case Study Tactics.

    Sometimes exams can be based on "Case Studies." These can be a real trap and cost you marks. Here we discuss techniques to help you ensure you don't fall into this trap.

    29,30,31 - Easy to find, Neat and Space.

    When marking exams, the examiners find that in well written papers, answers seem to "just jump out at them'. Badly written exam papers make the answers hard to find. Here we look at techniques to help ensure that students do not lose marks due to this.

    32,33,34 - Throw, Freeze, Early.

    These techniques give strategies to use when you are sitting at the exam table. They provide ways to help you remember more parts of the detail needed to get a better mark.

    35 - The Obvious Stuff.

    Here we give a summary of the tips that most ordinary student-help sites give students. These are important basic things that you need to get right when doing assignments or exams.

    36 - Conclusion - A Systematic Approach.

    Here we give a summary and a step-by-step approach to using the techniques taught to help you maximise your marks for exams.

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