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    I often find it difficult to write all my ideas out concisely in the recommended time frames for each question. I often write too much on one point and not enough on others. Any advice to improve this and make sure I'm fine for the real thing?
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    it all depends on the subject, best thing to do is practice past paper questions under timed conditions and read through the mark-schemes, the more you familiarise yourself with what points get the mark the better you will be at setting out your final answers. Eventually when you sit the real thing you will be able to read a question and know where the marks are coming from due to that practice, plus it will help you manage your time better.
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    it all depends on the subject, best thing to do is practice past paper questions under timed conditions and read through the mark-schemes, the more you familiarise yourself with what points get the mark the better you will be at setting out your final answers. Eventually when you sit the real thing you will be able to read a question and know where the marks are coming from due to that practice, plus it will help you manage your time better.
    Thanks! It's specifically English. I do well in English but worry that small mistakes like spending too much time in a certain place will cost me a few marks that make the difference. Do you think this is something that can easily be fixed by May?
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    Thanks! It's specifically English. I do well in English but worry that small mistakes like spending too much time in a certain place will cost me a few marks that make the difference. Do you think this is something that can easily be fixed by May?
    yeah definitely! I'm guessing english langauge? For language i tended to do the high mark questions first then leave the questions with the low marks last, that way even if i didn't get to finish i still did the majority.
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    I often find it difficult to write all my ideas out concisely in the recommended time frames for each question. I often write too much on one point and not enough on others. Any advice to improve this and make sure I'm fine for the real thing?
    Write down in one word/short sentence the themes/topics you're going to cover.

    In my exam, in one question, I had to write an essay about 2 types of technology and compare them.

    In pencil I noted:

    SQL/relational:
    ACID
    Relationships
    Issues

    No SQL/non relational:
    BASE
    Big Data
    Issues

    Then write something for each heading leaving enough space to add more if you have time. Use the clock to help you pace yourself so you write something under each heading and not spend too long on a topic that you run out of time.

    For my essay, my time allocation may be:

    if 45 min to write the whole thing:
    Into
    SQL/relational:
    ACID
    Relationships
    Issues
    you should be here by 50% of allocated time (unless you are ahead, which is ok)
    No SQL/non relational:
    BASE
    Big Data
    Issues
    Conclusion
    you should be finishing allowing 5 min to check your essay and add a bit more for extra marks (unless you are ahead of this schedule).

    If you check your clock and you are behind leave the topic you're on and move on to the next. Stay if only you are ahead of time on this schedule.
 
 
 
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