I have one of the best exam tips!
Sorry, just kidding!
I understand how difficult it is to get more marks in exams. You may be studying for hours daily but still can’t fetch the desired score.
So, where are you going wrong?
Well, the reasons may be many. But most of the times the main reason is what you are writing in your answer sheet.
We all have that one friend who scores more even after not reading much the whole year. So, how is he or she doing that? Ever thought of asking? Well, it’s all about the techniques followed during answering the question.
No matter how good a student you are, you will get the percentage based on what you write in your exam. So, make sure your answer is to the mark to get the marks! 🙂
You don’t need to follow all exam tips from Google.
You don’t need amazing writing skills to get top scores.
And no need to write lengthy answers pages after pages.
The main trick is to make it easier for the person who will check your answers.
*GOLDEN WORDS SAID BY MY TUTOR*
You have to keep in mind ALWAYS that the person who will check your copy, may have checked more than 50 copies that day.
So, you need to make it easier for him or her.
Here are a few exam tips you should keep in mind while writing your answer.
Do not write whatever comes to your mind
Most of us panic during the exam. In such situations, we simply write whatever comes to mind.
But here is where we make the mistake.
Gone are the days where pages after pages answer fetched marks. No, now they look for ‘to the point’ answer. So, try to read the questions twice before you start writing!
Understand what they are asking for and write that. No extras! If required put some diagrams and examples! But don’t write things that are not asked for. You may do that when you are sitting for your Master’s exam! But not now.
Don’t go ‘Shashi Tharoor’ on your answer
You may have a good vocabulary. But the exams are not the best place to show your high vocabulary skills. Yes, you may use certain high-frequency words but not too many.
Always remember that you need to make it easier for the teacher who is checking your answer copy! So stick to commonly used words unless it is a language paper.
If it is English paper you may show your inner Shashi Tharoor. But for other subjects try to use the related jargon and simple common words. Don’t write words that will require the copy checker to Google the meaning!
Avoid short forms
We are used to using short forms these days due to texting. However, you need to be careful when you write in your exams. Instead of writing ‘won’t’ write ‘would not’ and so on. Remember this rule for life. No matter whatever exam you sit for in the future, avoid using short forms.
I learned this when I was doing my first year of graduation. Yes too late. But a valuable exam tip!
Go for concise words
Using the correct adjectives is key to a high score. Try to use your basic vocabulary skills while writing your answers.
Avoid writing ‘very’ repeatedly in your answer sheet. Instead of ‘very hard’ write ‘difficult’, instead of ‘very rich’ use ‘wealthy’ and so on. These simple changes make your answers look classy! It shows that you have good vocabulary skills.
Remember this exam tip for any write-up!
Even when you write a CV or an essay, remember this point! Also, abstain from using a single adjective again and again! For example, if you are using ‘good’ to describe something in one paragraph, use a synonym in the next paragraph.
Write in an organized manner
Writing beautifully in the exam is the last thing that comes to mind when you have less time! However, if you can do that it is always beneficial.
This should be homework, plan the structure of your answer before going for the exam.
- Use an eye-catching yet understandable heading.
- Write subheads in different color pens (if you write in blue use black for subhead and vice versa).
- Use a different color pen or pencil to highlight the important lines in your answers.
- Add bullets to make it look cleaner.
- Don’t overwrite. If you make a mistake, strike the word with one single line.
- And yes, don’t keep your water bottles on the desk where you are writing! Never ever! Even request the person sitting beside you to place his or her water bottle elsewhere. Don’t take that risk! Especially during boards!
Use plenty of examples and diagrams
When you write an answer think as if the person who is going to check your answer doesn’t know anything about the topic. So, use plenty of diagrams to explain. After explanations, provide examples. Use real-life examples to make it relatable for the person.
Your answer should be so concise and understandable that the person checking should nod his or her head in appreciation.
This is an accomplishment. Really!
Check the marks and write accordingly
Make use of the previous year’s question papers or sample papers. Check the marks allotted for each question. Find out the required number of words asked for the marks. And try to write accordingly.
If you write way too more then you will not get any extra marks instead you will waste your time. Don’t write less also as it will decrease your marks.
If it asks for 200 words for 5 marks question then stick to it. You may do 20-30 words more but not more than that!
Get an idea about how many lines you will need to write according to your handwriting to fulfill the criteria. Don’t count the words at the end of the exam.
Instead, revise your answer sheet.
When you are done writing all your answers make sure you are revising the answers properly.
Essential Exam Tips: Don’t be overconfident! Don’t waste a single minute.
If you have 20 minutes left even after completing then use the whole 20 minutes for revising.
- Read word by word.
- Correct any spelling and grammatical errors.
- Add any new points if you remember them later.
When you revise, imagine yourself as the copy checker and do the needful. Obviously don’t score your answers! :p
If you follow these exam tips there are high chances of getting more marks. So, plan properly.
All the best!
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