Exam Mastery

Exam Smart!

1.     Before answering, scan all the questions first.  Simpler questions may be behind.  One strategy is to answer the simpler parts first (and well) to secure a good pass; then do the other parts to boost your marks.  As a guide, for each mark, you should not spend more than 1 minute to gain that mark.

2.     Most questions lead you on, so do refer back and use the answers in previous parts to help you.  Error carried-forward marking is practised for A levels and O levels.  After getting the final answer, check that it makes sense in terms of the required units, e.g. a man’s height of 4 m is most probably incorrect!

3.     Draw free hand diagrams to illustrate answers or display data where possible, including for definitions.  Show formulae and clear substitutions in calculations.  Use conventional and defined symbols in questions; if need to use own symbol, define it clearly.

Higher Order Learning

There are six levels in bloom’s taxonomy of learning objectives.  Moving through from the lowest order processes to the highest, they are:tuition

  1. Knowledge
  2. Comprehension
  3. Application
  4. Analysis
  5. Synthesis
  6. Evaluation

Traditional education tends to emphasize the skills of knowledge, comprehension and application of a particular topic.  To gain a good foundation of the curriculum, the skills of Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation are required too.  At the same time, exams skills are very crucial in achieving the desired outcomes of students and parents.  Last but not least, resilience is also a key attribute to have.