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    So it's no secret that exam technique is everything when it comes to passing exams. It's necessary ranging from History to the Science's, so how do you go about spotting the technique? Of course excessive answering questions or writing essays and referring to examiner reports but what else can we do? memorise answers or mark schemes? How do you do it?

    I am talking about A-levels but it is also necessary in Gcse's!
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    I got a lot of my exam skills by looking at past papers, examiner comments on previous answers (some textbooks did this), by knowing which key words referred to which assessment objective, and by reading mark schemes.

    However, the most important thing above all of these is to get a copy of the official specification for your course and read it. You will then be able to make sure no question they can ask you is able to trip you up!

    I also remember the rule of 'write as if I am talking to an idiot' - I never use key words and subject-specific terminology without explaining myself and giving an example and RELATING THIS BACK TO THE QUESTION. Everything I include must be there for a reason. Planning is really important- even if you write 5 key words down- but it will stop your answers lacking structure.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by X_cheerio_girl_X92)
    I got a lot of my exam skills by looking at past papers, examiner comments on previous answers (some textbooks did this), by knowing which key words referred to which assessment objective, and by reading mark schemes.

    However, the most important thing above all of these is to get a copy of the official specification for your course and read it. You will then be able to make sure no question they can ask you is able to trip you up!

    I also remember the rule of 'write as if I am talking to an idiot' - I never use key words and subject-specific terminology without explaining myself and giving an example and RELATING THIS BACK TO THE QUESTION. Everything I include must be there for a reason. Planning is really important- even if you write 5 key words down- but it will stop your answers lacking structure.

    Good luck!
    Ah thank you for sharing, yes specifications are a gold dust and I like the 'write as if i am talking to an idiot' I must use that one!
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    Ah thank you for sharing, yes specifications are a gold dust and I like the 'write as if i am talking to an idiot' I must use that one!
    Haha yes definitely. It was like a mantra at my school. It often becomes so easy to think 'I don't need to explain myself, my teacher is a subject expert, she'll understand', and then people forget the exam is being sent off to somebody who has never met you. I always like to imagine the exam marker as being the meanest person ever. That way, I am never satisfied with 'yeah, that's clear enough', only 'yes, that is clear, even an idiot would understand that'

    What subjects are you taking?
 
 
 
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