How to Pass Any Exam

Exams can be different, but there are common tips that will allow you to get ready for most of them.

Exam Student

1. Find Out the Amount of Job

This means the amount of knowledge required to pass the exam. No matter how big it is, you need at least to understand it in order to avoid learning unnecessary things and to concentrate your efforts on toughest moments.

2. Get the Intel on a Lecturer

Lecturers are humans, too. And there are things they like and things they hate. For instance, I’ve witnessed a sad story on the diploma defense. A student got “B” only because of calling the book the commission head hated a good source. The student knew about that, but decided to go HAM. Was it worth it? I don’t think so.

3. Work During The Semester

That’s an obvious fact. It is better to work in advance. You can understand and memorize the material better if to consume it in small portions. And if you work on practical lessons, you can gain some “cookies” turning into additional points during the exam.

For instance, I’ve once gained a top grade thanks to passing all the essays earlier than everyone else from my group of students.

4. Find Out the Points

Know the points for exam tasks. First, it is about exams with precise criteria of marks. For instance, one task can give you just one point, while the rest of them can bring up to three. You can skip the first task at all and concentrate on more “profitable” questions.

5. Understand the Importance

This means, know the importance of a particular mark for you. Basing on this answer, you can understand how much time you should devote to the preparation and how to behave on the exam day.

Do you need a high mark? Go and pass the exam among the first five students. The lecturer is not tired yet. Yes, they ask tricky questions, but they listen to you attentively, too. Plus, they are more likely to ask you additional questions if you need a higher grade.

On the other side, it is known that weak students enter as the last ones, but the level of demands is lower at the end as well: the lecturer wants to leave as soon as possible. So, it is easier for you to get an average grade for less than average answers.

6. Be Attentive During the Exam

Interesting discoveries can wait for you there as well. Once I was passing the literature exam.

Student and Lecturer Exam

The system looked like this: a student gives the list of literature titles where there are underlined titles read by him or her (not less than 70% of a list; and the lecturer puts a lower grade for each cheat he reveals). Several students answered before me, and none of them read “War and Peace”. The lecturer was very disappointed about that. I’ve counted that to be my chance, and erased the line under the title on my list.

When it was my turn, the lecturer noticed: “Aha, you haven’t read “War and Peace”, too!” I’ve made my eyes be big and said that just forgot to underline it. Should I say that my answer for this exam almost completely consisted of the discussion of my favorite title?

So, find out in advance what is demanded for the exam, who and how checks it, what result is required, work during the semester and react to the exam situation. And, of course, prepare yourself.

Hope these tips to be useful for you. 

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