Exam Technique for Secondary Students

Exam Technique for Secondary students

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.

    2 - Why Technique is Important.

    Here we look at the elements that lead to your exam result. If any of these elements are missing your exam paper will lose marks.

    3 - Your Marketing Campaign.

    We discuss how to treat your 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 yourself.

    4 - Working with your teacher.

    The way you work with your teacher is important in getting every mark you can for your exam. We discuss ways to help your teacher give you all the marks your work deserves.

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

    5 - Why do we do Exams.

    Have you stopped and thought about why you have to do exams ? Understanding this helps get your head around techniques to attack the problem.

    6 - How do Teachers mark Exams ?

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

    7 - The Theory & The Analysis.

    These techniques help you ensure that you are addressing both the concepts taught in class and the use of these concepts in your exam.

    8,9 - Mind-Maps.

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

    10,11,12 - Your Preparation.

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

    13 - Tactics during the Exam.

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

    14 - 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, reports and essays.

    15 - Are you Actually Answering the Question ?

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

    16,17 - Balance and Weighting

    An important part of getting better marks for your exams is to use a "Calculated" approach in your writing. This helps you ensure that you do not waste time on some parts of the exam paper while neglecting others. This is critical in getting a better mark.

    18,19 - Density of Evidence.

    Your teachers are looking for a certain "Density" of good information in your writing. We explain how to attack this.

    20,21,22 - Summary Methods

    Here we show you the techniques to help you get plenty of information into your answers while using less words. This is crucial for exams, reports and essays.

    23 - 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.

    24,25,26 - Key Words & 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 you do not lose marks due to this.

    27,28,29 - Throw down, Brain Freeze, Finishing 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.

    30 - The Obvious Things.

    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 in exams as well as essays and reports.

    31 - 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 in exams.