OCR Biology - Exam TechniqueWatch
Most of my exams, in-class tests and marked homework scores are around the 50% mark, which I am not happy with. My teachers have told me to practise exam questions but I can't help but notice that i have been doing this from 1 day, as its a part of the homework i get set every week and still haven't improved that much.
However, there is some hope, for specific questions like the process of photosynthesis or respiration, I've done them so many times that i usually get most of the marks, but this wont be the case for every question.
I feel like if i prepared for each individual exam it would be easier, but i do not have the resources, we are just taught in the order of the specification. So i guess i need to restructure my knowledge (?)
I have already started to work at this; I've read a few different articles on this topic so here, in case someone else finds them helpful:
(Especially this one) http://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-a...technique/6318
If you have anything at all, that might help, please post.
Thanks in advance, much appreciated!
1. Read the Q carefully twice
2. Try to remotely read the examiner's mind.
3. Look at the no of marks allocated to the Q - put down at least as many facts/ideas/points/reasons in brief.
4. When you write the answer imagine you are saying to the examiner "Sir/Miss, this is what you were looking for - that is EXACTLY what I have put down - can I have 2 marks (e.g.) please - thank you!" Go to next Q.
Look at a few mark schemes and try to work out by looking at the Qs how your train of thought would have led from the Q to the A - don't just blindly keep doing past papers if you are not getting anywhere - find the connections between Q and A.
Look at my attached article - gives some tips on how to write high-scoring answers.
Best of luck - if stuck on 1 or 2 specific Qs, pls post here and I will be happy to help out.
M (Specialist Biology Tutor)