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    I have an exam in January at University.

    Looking at past papers, we have one essay question in the second part of the exam.
    After asking the lecturer, we have to put references in, just not as detailed as for a coursework essay.

    As we don't know the questions, shall I look through old exam papers and find perhaps 5 sources to do with each question? (As no doubt, some will appear twice) So then I'd have a few sources I could add into one question. Would I need to get more specific in any way?

    Also, for the exam, we have to answer 5 (4 in section A, 1 in section B), both sections is worth 50%. I'm wondering how much I'd roughly have to get right to get a 2.1 (60)

    Sorry for all the questions, just a bit nervous about the exam.


    As you say, detailed references would not be expected in an exam situation, except if you were permitted to take in some source materials. However, you will need to demonstrate that you have done the required reading. In Physchology for instance this might be achieved by referring to the names of the people who are associated with different case studies or the views of literary critics in English. I would suggest that two or three sources for each question would be sufficient, but it depends whether there are any that could be repeated and whether you have a good memory. The exact weighting of the questions should be indicated on the exam paper; if it is not, then it safe to assume that each is worth 50% of the final mark. Obviously, this suggests that you would need to do slightly better in Section B as a whole, as there is only one question. It is likely, however, that the lecturer is seeking to form an overall impression of the quality of your work.

    Simple enough really:-

    1) look at each lecture - Write down what the topic is
    2) note any references mentioned in the lecture notes, these are key references that you should remember
    3) Choose 3 or 4 topics and get to know them completely off the top of your head
    4) do further reading on topics to demonstrate extra knowledge which, providing the main body of your essay is correct/makes sense, can easily bump you up to a first (70%+)

    Is section A the same kind of thing or?
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