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I had one exam which was much harder then I would expect I believe I still got a reasonably strong A in it but it was not the picnic I expected.

What I regret is I missed the chance to absolutely nail these exam because I could have got 5-6 more marks with better exam technique I had pointed out they would never ask that that would be ridiculous then got made to look like a total idiot when it was the first question on the paper.

I wasted too much time on this question and could have focused on other parts of the paper instead I ran out of time and missed the opportunity to tackle about 6-8 marks of questions of which I would have taken at least 4 marks.

I think better exam technique is to break the questions down to their mark equivalents. Keep a strict limit of X amount of time per mark and move on once that time is up to the next bit.

I think it makes sense to allow extra time to cover the last bits you could not tackle to.

EG I do Maths A level and Maths exams are 90 minutes. I have decided to allow myself 1 minute per mark. If I can not solve the problem in that time I move on to the next marks or questions etc.

this allows me 15 minutes to then go back on myself for problems I could not solve and also allows me the opportunity to move onto questions I will find easier.
Some questions will be solvable in less then the allocated time with this method for example part C of question 5 in S1 Yutos thingy was real quick to solve I think I had solved the problem in two minutes when it was a 5 marker which if I ha not fallen behind on time would have allowed me an extra 3 minutes to focus elsewhere.

from now on in all my exams I will apply this technique.
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If it was hard I'd just walk away thinking 'well I probably messed up but at least it's over', then I'd focus on my other exams and maybe lower my expectations for my results a bit.
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Had a horrible exam last week but can't do much except try harder for the next one. Although it's frustrating when you've worked so hard all year only to sit a paper that makes you feel like a failure
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the exams were hard but so was I
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Worst comes to the worst, there's pretty much always the option of resitting the exam.
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Oh no this article is back. Now everybody can see a weird post I made when I was probably drunk
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I love this :^_^:

If you're worrying about an exam, don't. Panicking and over-analysing everything you wrote down during the exam will not change anything. What's done is done and chances are you've done miles better than you think.
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