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    So in one of my AS level exams for chemistry last year I ended up getting a C on the easiest exam which I could've got an A in if I hadn't made silly mistakes etc.

    When I sat that exam (and every exam I did last year), I just did the questions in the order they're asked, as is the norm I guess. However I was wondering if, only for chemistry, a different technique could benefit me better and stop me dropping the easy marks.

    If I started the exam and went through the paper and answered the questions I was confident with and left the questions I was unsure of to come back to at the end, do you think this would help?

    I think this could help because I am often reluctant to change an answer ('go with your instinct' I guess), so if I do all the questions and then come back to check, I may think I shouldn't change my original (most likely incorrect) answer. By leaving and returning to a question, I don't have this issue. Also, it helps that if I am really stuck on a question, I may spend ages thinking about it and run out of time. By leaving the ones I'm unsure of until the end, I know exactly how much time I have remaining. As well as this, it may be good to do all of the easy questions first as then my brain will not be fried as early. If I do a difficult question and then the next question is easier, I may be more likely to get this easy one wrong because my brain is now more tired.

    On the other hand, I think there are possibilities of it being harmful. For example I may not leave myself enough time at the end to answer the more difficult ones, which will probably be worth more marks. However I'm not sure this is likely because I think I can get the easy questions out of the way in a small amount of time.

    I think that the timing is the only negative I can think of but I'm sure there are more that I'm missing. So please comment and let me know if you use this method and/or think this exam technique will be more beneficial and will result in a higher mark, or if you can think of more negatives and why it may perhaps not be a good idea then please let me know!

    My apologies that this kinda sounds like an essay, I study sociology too so I'm stuck in essay mode
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    It doesn't really matter at the end of the day. Just make sure you answer everything adequately. If you think that'll work for you, go for it :yy:.

    Working things in a non-chronological order would not work for me. But I do flick through to see what the latter questions are like, at the start.
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    I tried doing this on my biology unit 2 exam last year and it was a nightmare. I forgot I had missed out a whole chunk of questions until the last 5 - 10 minutes when I was checking my answers and therefore didn't have time to properly think through my answers or finish. It should be fine though if you're aware of the time and somehow remind yourself you've still got questions to go back too.
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    (Original post by Manexopi)
    I tried doing this on my biology unit 2 exam last year and it was a nightmare. I forgot I had missed out a whole chunk of questions until the last 5 - 10 minutes when I was checking my answers and therefore didn't have time to properly think through my answers or finish. It should be fine though if you're aware of the time and somehow remind yourself you've still got questions to go back too.
    Yeah, my thoughts are that if I know this far in advance that I'm planning on doing it then I shouldn't forget to go back and check. Plus once I get to the end of an exam I do usually do a quick scan through the pages to make sure I have an answer for every question anyway so shouldn't be a problem thanks for the reply
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    It doesn't really matter at the end of the day. Just make sure you answer everything adequately. If you think that'll work for you, go for it :yy:.

    Working things in a non-chronological order would not work for me. But I do flick through to see what the latter questions are like, at the start.
    That's a really good idea to check the last few questions at the start so I can have an idea of an answer in my head right from the beginning! thanks for the reply
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    Yeah, my thoughts are that if I know this far in advance that I'm planning on doing it then I shouldn't forget to go back and check. Plus once I get to the end of an exam I do usually do a quick scan through the pages to make sure I have an answer for every question anyway so shouldn't be a problem thanks for the reply
    Yes, if you're planning to do it then it shouldn't be a problem at all. I just got freaked out by the weird exam style/format that I ended up doing something I wasn't used to.
 
 
 

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