I am not going to say that I was a
nerd and was able to solve every exam question, but I can say with confidence
that I have attempted and worked on solving every question that I was hit with.
Once, though, all the students myself
included were baffled by a question in an exam paper which consisted of one
question. The subject had two very articulate professors, who loved story
telling; I enjoyed their class very much, and none of the students had warned
me go through the exams that they had given in previous years, and thinking
that it’s an easy paper I focused on all the other papers barring this
one. Well, I must say that the exam paper was a novel, a part of Star Wars
or Disney World or something of the sort; one needs to read the novel, enjoy it
and then of course decipher it and come out with the answers. I left the
room dazzled, I think I got a B- as everyone had complained so they did a
This takes me nicely to my blog
today, examinations have been debated for centuries, I personally do not
believe in them, and think that a piece of research or a debate can be a better
ground for marking the success or failure of the students. However, we are not
talking about the objectivity of examinations as they are here and will stay
until a president of an important country stops them.
There are ways to tackle exams, I
am not going to say that my way is the best way, but I had figured it out, and
since I could do it and pass in every exam, so could you.
First thing to do is to make notes
of every subject, then make notes from those notes, and summaries the notes
into synonyms and things that will remind you of the subjects that you studied.
Second and most importantly, is to
solve every past exam question you can put your hands on. If you find 20
years of examinations, then albeit, do them, do not think that you know the
subject very well, read the subject, make notes, and more notes and do the past
Third, the thing to remember is that
exam questions are marked by people who will be bored after marking the third
script, so make your answers short and concise and use buzz words that match
the subject matter. So, if you are talking about global warming, mention
temperature, drying rivers, melting ice, and stuff like that, if you are
talking about deceases then mention AIDS, cancer, flu, or anything like that.
Fourth, Try to draw a picture and
depict your answers with diagrams which are a very good ways to answer, make
sure that you answer in points as each point is given a mark and even if you
don’t know the full answer, make sure that you attempt it.
Fifth, do not answer the difficult
questions first, finish the easy ones, and then embark on the difficult ones. Make
sure yu calculate the time needed and only spend the same amount of minutes to
each question (if a question is 10 out of a 100 marks in a three hour paper,
then spend 18 minutes on it and move on).
Finally, please revise your answers,
this is as important as solving the questions, if you don’t revise you could
miss at least 5 points; think how important to you it is to get these five
Have fun at your finals, remember,
on the night of the exam: watch a movie or read a book; never study on the day
of the exam; and never discuss your answers with anyone. Confusion will arise
and it may harm more than benefit.