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BEFORE AN EXAM
- The best way to feel relaxed is to know that you are well prepared
- Establish your study schedule early and ensure that all the material is covered several times before the exam
- - Study the topic to be learnt slowly. Make sure you understand the logic/important concepts
- Get your information from several sources not just the usual text book
- - Mark up the text if necessary; underline, highlight and make notes
- Get your information from several sources not just the usual text book
- - Make your own revision note summary
- - Use bullet points, mind maps, etc
- Practice lots of questions, answer them first, then check your answers against the correct responses
- Study for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break; test yourself at the end of the break before moving on to new material
- - Speak out loud
- - Tell someone else
- - Repeat many times
- Know where and when the exam will be, plan to be there with lots of time to spare
- Rest and eat properly especially the night and morning before the exam

DURING THE EXAM
- pray
- take a deep breath in, breathe out
It is in your interest to make the marking of your test/exam script a pleasant experience and at the same time ensure that you get the highest mark possible. Here are some pointers
- Read the instructions about the structure of the examination. Be sure that you know how many questions you are to answer and how and where they are to be answered.
- Read the entire question before you begin to respond. Underline the command words and other keywords; Circle the number of marks
- Use white space i.e. leave blank lines between the parts of your question and between questions.
- Number your questions and sections properly. For CXC, begin each question on a new page.
- When asked to list or state different items (e.g. Give 3 disadvantages of the direct approach to conversion), organise your reponse so that the 3 separate points can be easily seen (use bullets or numbering). Do not write them all in one paragraph and expect the examiner to search for and identify what they are.
- Obey the instructions: sometimes a question directs you how to answer it. e.g. 'write the numerals 1 to 4 on separate lines of your sheet then ...', do exactly what it says.
- Do not begin a new question on the last line of a page.
- Every mark must be earned. If the response is worth 2 marks then you probably need to make 2 separate points.
- Do not rewrite the question, that is a waste of time. Do not beat around the bush either.
- However, answer fully, very few questions can be answered with just one word. E.g. Give one disadvantage of hiring someone to create a custom-written program for your organisation. 'Cost' is an inadequate response for which I will give you no marks. 'The cost may be very high as compared to buying an off-the shelf package' is a much better response.
- Use the keywords/jargon for the subject, show that you know the correct terms.
- Pay attention to the question requirements. for example if you were asked to give advantages (&/or disadvantages) remember that a comparison must be involved. You can not simply answer "it is cheaper" or "it is easier". You will need to say cheaper or easier THAN WHAT.
- Describing or explaining calls for detailed responses.
- Every mark must be earned.
- Write clearly, if the marker can not read your response because your letters are not properly formed you will not be credited for correct responses.
- Use a blue or black inked pen, use a pencil for diagrams only.

AFTER THE EXAM
- Treat yourself, you did your best
- Skip the post-mortem, you have other upcoming exams on which to focus