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Exam terminology

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James Humphreys

on 22 January 2015

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Transcript of Exam terminology

are the same thing!
Results & Findings
Improvements are suggestions you
make to overcome problems in a study
Improvements & Implications
You will often see the following
Look at the question. Does it state how many points you need to make?

How much do you write?
have a
But it's not that difficult
These are consequences of your improvements
Navigating the exam maze
It feels like you need a translator
Sometimes it seems like
examiners speak another
Just make sure you follow it!
Give a brief description
Give a detailed description
Debate. Give a 2 sided argument
Look at the number of marks.
8 marks cannot be achieved in eight words.
"in your chosen study"
"in this study"
"in the study by ....."
this tells you that your answer must be
This means you must link your answer to specific details from the core study OR lose half the marks
Describe "how"
So firstly, think of problems.....
Then solve them!
Give 2 usually
Make it replicable
Don't be vague
Make sure it's in context
Start off with a positive consequence - if you can't think of any, is it actually an improvement??!
All improvements will have negative consequences also. These could include cost, time, ethical issues, sample size, validity, reliability, demand characteristics etc.
Don't forget context here!!!
Representative sample?
Ecological validity?
Sample size?
Where possible state numerical results.
Where possible make comparisons between conditions.
Make sure it is contextualised.
Make sure you state the units (e.g. miles per hour).
Aim for 2 implications for each improvement
This can mean two different things
If it's about a study - then how can the results be helpful? Could suggest changes to the way that we do things or just improve our understanding.
If it's about a technique - then what is good about using that technique, or why might the technique lack usefulness.
Good luck!
Make sure you read the question at least twice.
Underline key parts to remind you if it has more than one part.
Tick them off to check that you've completed them
Silly mistakes can cost a lot!!!
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