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    Use this thread for all your moans, rants and chats about Tripos exams, coursework deadlines and revision!

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    argh - argh - argh

    any engineers past or present willing to talk about how they prepared for exams?

    i feel like i'm getting the method right then screwing up the final answers in tripos questions

    as daft as that sounds
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    argh - argh - argh

    any engineers past or present willing to talk about how they prepared for exams?

    i feel like i'm getting the method right then screwing up the final answers in tripos questions

    as daft as that sounds
    :console: Perhaps ukebert knows.
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    Would like some advice on method etc. too, but for medics?
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    I'd be happy to share exam tips, but I think it would only be relevant to Arts students....
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    (Original post by Craghyrax)
    I'd be happy to share exam tips, but I think it would only be relevant to Arts students....
    I'm sure they'd be gratefully received!

    *Grabs notepad*

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    Last night a few of my lawyer friends played the "how happy do you feel (/10) about this subject?" game on Facebook. Not sure whether to be reassured that we all feel the same, or disheartened by the fact that I/we will never achieve a perfect 10...
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    (Original post by Onee-chan)
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    Would like some advice on method etc. too, but for medics?
    same, I really need to start properly revising
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    (Original post by withoutwax1111)
    same, I really need to start properly revising
    :cry: Why isn't this like A-level...

    There is just too much to learn! :O
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    (Original post by Onee-chan)
    :cry: Why isn't this like A-level...

    There is just too much to learn! :O
    Are you a fresher? :console:

    I'm not a medic (I'm a lawyer) so some of this advice might be irrelevant/come across as patronising, but in my case, I have to accept that there's no way you can prepare for every topic in complete depth. Depending on the paper, you'll need to take one of two approaches:

    • Take a "broad brush" approach and know all aspects of that paper in overview. If relevant, think about what academics say and look for patterns in it (e.g. in my case, I know that Brazier is very pro-autonomy/patient choice in the context of organ donation, so I can "deduce" in the exam hall that she'd be against an opt-out system - knowing her "values" means I don't have to memorise her stance on every issue)
    • Take a more "specialised" approach by identifying topics which come up together on the paper and learning (number of questions you answer + (1 or 2)) of these topics. Unfortunately this probably isn't possible as a medic, but if this approach is appropriate and it's the one you decide to take, you'll need to know the topics you do study in much more detail. I'd advocate learning one more than the number of questions in detail, then an additional topic in outline so you could answer an essay on it if pushed


    Anyway, the main thing is to work smart, not hard. Focus on what you're "likely" to need to know, and really prune your notes down. Best of luck; I know how daunting (your first set of) Cambridge exams can be! :hugs:
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    Are you a fresher? :console:

    I'm not a medic (I'm a lawyer) so some of this advice might be irrelevant/come across as patronising, but in my case, I have to accept that there's no way you can prepare for every topic in complete depth. Depending on the paper, you'll need to take one of two approaches:

    • Take a "broad brush" approach and know all aspects of that paper in overview. If relevant, think about what academics say and look for patterns in it (e.g. in my case, I know that Brazier is very pro-autonomy/patient choice in the context of organ donation, so I can "deduce" in the exam hall that she'd be against an opt-out system - knowing her "values" means I don't have to memorise her stance on every issue)
    • Take a more "specialised" approach by identifying topics which come up together on the paper and learning (number of questions you answer + (1 or 2)) of these topics. Unfortunately this probably isn't possible as a medic, but if this approach is appropriate and it's the one you decide to take, you'll need to know the topics you do study in much more detail. I'd advocate learning one more than the number of questions in detail, then an additional topic in outline so you could answer an essay on it if pushed


    Anyway, the main thing is to work smart, not hard. Focus on what you're "likely" to need to know, and really prune your notes down. Best of luck; I know how daunting (your first set of) Cambridge exams can be! :hugs:
    Thank you so much! :hugs:

    These advice are surprisingly relevant to medics as we get essays too! Yeah, I'll focus on a few topics in detail, but at the moment I'm attempting to cover everything for the multiple choice. :'O

    As these (and practicals) are all we need to pass, I guess I'm feeling more pressure set on by myself :P.

    I am a fresher It's really nice to hear from people in the years above though - makes it feel like Cambridge is somewhat survivable .

    Good luck for your exams too! What year are you in?
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    (Original post by Craghyrax)
    I'd be happy to share exam tips, but I think it would only be relevant to Arts students....
    Also taking notes!


    (Original post by Onee-chan)
    Thank you so much! :hugs:

    These advice are surprisingly relevant to medics as we get essays too! Yeah, I'll focus on a few topics in detail, but at the moment I'm attempting to cover everything for the multiple choice. :'O

    As these (and practicals) are all we need to pass, I guess I'm feeling more pressure set on by myself :P.

    I am a fresher It's really nice to hear from people in the years above though - makes it feel like Cambridge is somewhat survivable .

    Good luck for your exams too! What year are you in?
    If you want, I can ask a friend anything you want tomorrow. I heard her advising a guy in my year today - it was so thorough that I began convincing her to go back in time, take my course ahead of me and advise me too. (Luckily the TSR lawyers fill this role in a realistic way.)

    From what I recall: your third term is important. They examine it heavily especially the [pancreas? or insert whatever organ you do in the third term]. Test yourself with the multiple choice stuff each night after you've read the relevant material.

    That's not terribly useful but if you PM me with any specific questions I can pass them on.
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    STRESS.



    Also taking notes!




    If you want, I can ask a friend anything you want tomorrow. I heard her advising a guy in my year today - it was so thorough that I began convincing her to go back in time, take my course ahead of me and advise me too. (Luckily the TSR lawyers fill this role in a realistic way.)

    From what I recall: your third term is important. They examine it heavily especially the [pancreas? or insert whatever organ you do in the third term]. Test yourself with the multiple choice stuff each night after you've read the relevant material.

    That's not terribly useful but if you PM me with any specific questions I can pass them on.
    Ah awesome thanks!

    Really? *Panics!* I thought third term was the one that you didn't really need to know much about, as they rarely ask you essay questions on it anyway? :O

    I would be so grateful if you could ask her how she revised essays? As I'm pretty rubbish at it :P. Though I could do with any general adivce! Oh, now you need to convince her to get a TSR account and help us fresher medics out haha! :P
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    Ah awesome thanks!

    Really? *Panics!* I thought third term was the one that you didn't really need to know much about, as they rarely ask you essay questions on it anyway? :O

    I would be so grateful if you could ask her how she revised essays? As I'm pretty rubbish at it :P. Though I could do with any general adivce! Oh, now you need to convince her to get a TSR account and help us fresher medics out haha! :P
    Don't panic!

    For all I know this may have been advice about the multiple choice paper and not an essay based paper. I'll ask and give accurate feedback tomorrow.
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    *Subscribes* Ditto but for 1A maths? (I'll be trawling through the past papers fairly soon, see what's come up recently.)
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    (Original post by Onee-chan)
    Thank you so much! :hugs:

    These advice are surprisingly relevant to medics as we get essays too! Yeah, I'll focus on a few topics in detail, but at the moment I'm attempting to cover everything for the multiple choice. :'O

    As these (and practicals) are all we need to pass, I guess I'm feeling more pressure set on by myself :P.

    I am a fresher It's really nice to hear from people in the years above though - makes it feel like Cambridge is somewhat survivable .

    Good luck for your exams too! What year are you in?
    I'm a third year so I graduate this summer - I've got a job offer already, but it's conditional on a 2.1. I needed (and got) 2.1s in first and second year to get the work experience/interviews necessary to secure it in the first place, so another 2.1 should be doable, but the fact that this result will be the one I have "for life" it's making me a little ":woo:"*!

    *There are no words for it...
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    Yeah, I was feeling like there weren't enough ways for me to procrastinate yet; this thread is ideal.
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    Don't panic!

    For all I know this may have been advice about the multiple choice paper and not an essay based paper. I'll ask and give accurate feedback tomorrow.
    Haha thanks! Don't worry if it's too much hussle though :P.

    I like your adjective "accurate feedback" hehe (had mental image of the army for some reason :P - "Reporting back, Sir.")

    (Original post by Tortious)
    I'm a third year so I graduate this summer - I've got a job offer already, but it's conditional on a 2.1. I needed (and got) 2.1s in first and second year to get the work experience/interviews necessary to secure it in the first place, so another 2.1 should be doable, but the fact that this result will be the one I have "for life" it's making me a little ":woo:"*!

    *There are no words for it...
    Well done for getting the job! The prospect of having a job already when you're still at uni sounds so awesome. Is it with a law firm?

    I can totally imagine the "this degree is for life" feeling though! But I'm sure you'll be fine (or more than fine ;P).
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    I'm sure they'd be gratefully received!

    *Grabs notepad*
    Nothing new or interesting, I'm afraid. I'm sure you've already seen my post on revision in answer to T-odore a week or so back: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...1#post41986851
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    Hmm... just write a lot of timed practice exams. I definitely did better in exams where I'd done a lot of timed essays. Also coursework is for originality and developing interesting arguments. Exams are for jumping through hoops and ticking the boxes. Sadly, the paper I'd had firsts in supervision essays for over most of the year, was the one that disappointed me most. The interesting arguments I tried to use in the exam were far too complicated to pull off in a rushed, 1 hr essay. Whereas the two essays where I walked out assuming I'd only managed a mid 2.1 thanks to just rattling off the expected stuff and not really adding anything original were the ones I had firsts in. Very depressing, but there you go. I mean if you have time for good/unusual points at the end, great. But only if you've covered all the other stuff and rounded things nicely. This is where timed practice runs make a difference, again...
    And I'd add that cross linking material from different parts of a course or paper goes down well, so long as the link is not facile/irrelevant, and as long as you don't waste much time doing so.
 
 
 
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