I was just interested to see if anyone else was subject to this strange phenomena?
A few examples of super-amazing exam brain:
- A few weeks a go I had 2 essays and an exam on the same day, needless to say I only handed in the essays that morning and revised for the exam the hour before I took it. My revision involved memorising 2 essays (5k words total) which I had written several months/1yr previously almost verbatim in an hour.
- a few days ago I wrote a 4k word essay answer in an evening and had it memorised by the morning.
- I have never revised for an exam for longer than 24hrs previously and always seem to be able to recall unlimited information.
Now I don't seem to be able to utilise this 'skill' for any other purpose but when I get in an exam my super-amazing exam brain seems to take over my regular brain and I have never received less than an A at Alevel and 1st at uni. I don't know what super-amazing exam brain means and whether I could harness this skill in a more useful manner.
Does anyone else experience this? I have never met anyone yet who has this bizarre 'life' skill?
Yeaah when it comes to exams, my usually **** memory gets it's arse in gear and I become a devilishly handsome version of rain man.
I also have the ability to bull**** my way through answers.
Exams start tomorrow-week so it seems I'm about to find out...
I'm sceptical for some reason. Maybe what you are doing is not conceptually difficult, but you have an aptitude for memorisation
I studied for a few hours prior to my Modern Studies exam after pretty much never showing up to class for the year and got an A. Same with Biology. Then I study non-stop for Maths, a subject I am good at, and I don't do as well.
Honestly don't know how my mind works haha
same with essays, when I (rarely) do them in advance they are crap, then when pressure hits and there's an hour to the deadline it is an A grade essay -.-
I generally do better in exam situations, but it has nothing to do with memory, but 'exam technique'.
It's pretty simple really, keep really calm (I normally spend the first 5-10 mins doodling), learn to answer questions rather than regurgitate memories and when you are revising learn methodology rather than results (learning to derive equations is KEY).
I was never good at memorising for exams.
I think I'm the same. Outside of exams I'm still intelligent, but with a pretty bad memory. Even just before the exams I feel like I don't know much. But as soon as I start the exam, I can recall pretty much everything I've learnt about the subject.
I think that I just perform better under pressure. So when I'm not sitting an exam, my brain basically cruises and then goes in to overdrive when the pressures on!