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Exam preparation

General advice on preparing for FE exams
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Claire Roberts

on 12 May 2010

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Transcript of Exam preparation

Exams... exam basics Know the exam structure
Get advice on content
Know how marks are allocated
Ask about past papers - use only for practise, not "question spotting" get started revising ...the sooner the better ...review course notes and grade them:

red = what you don't know
yellow = a bit unsure of it
green = know it thoroughly

...focus on the red topics until you get them cracked ...re-cap regularly to keep it fresh active learning =
making your brain work Passive learning - simply reading or straight re-writing of notes.

You just don't absorb much - and your understanding is shallow.

So avoid... try instead... how does information connect up?
ask: How? Why? What?
do you understand the jargon? Mind maps Index cards Use for:
summaries
bullet-point lists
glossaries Flashcards - try online Think critically more on active learning use index cards
create a glossary using your own words what keeps you engaged? knowing you're making progress - tick off what you achieve, as you go
use colour - images - to peg details to
using shapes and drawing lines between ideas
avoiding repetition - likely to switch off
establishing patterns and common characteristics
mnemonics for processes
regular breaks
changing study topic every 30 - 40 minutes
testing your memory - classmate to quiz you?
breaking problem topics down Learn key terms Structure your knowledge how do topics relate to each other?
use mind maps to build both big picture and explore relationships time A resource you shouldn't waste
Start revising early - avoid cramming
Use all the time available to you
Work out when you study best
Aim for little and often
Use a timetable to plan out time and rotate study Online flashcards - easy to set up and share in the exam Follow the instructions on the paper
Read the whole paper through before starting any answers
Be clear about what answers you must do and what you must choose
Have a plan of your time ready to guide you
Read questions a second time and make your choices
Underline key words in the question
Do you understand exactly what the question wants from you?
Look at the number of marks allocated - use this to guide your answer your answers Answer the question as it is set
Make a valid point for each mark allocated
Your writing should be clear enough for the marker to read
Add a diagram if it would make your answer more understandable
If you run out of steam on a question, move on to another you can answer. You can always go back if you have time.
Problem solving? Check if you have identified the problem, cause and solution before you leave the exam... Look over your paper and think like a marker:
Check for mistakes or gaps
Be sure you've answered all the answers you needed to
Have you filled in all the ID details needed?
Don't be tempted to leave early - there's usually always something else you can add
Cross out any notes or scribbles not meant to be read
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