EXPERIENCE has shown that not all students are good at exams. Some don't take advantage of the opportunity to gain credit for what they know or can do. Thus, some simple advice on ``how to play the game'' seems appropriate. Apologies to anyone who needs no advice.
|Disclaimer: Although the advice that follows is, in general, valid, it may not apply to all University examinations.|
You may wish to read the whole paper thoroughly before selecting the questions that you wish to answer, but, even if you don't, do read carefully each of the questions that you do answer.
In particular, read the whole of a question before attempting to answer it: we try to design questions to be informative and direct, but sometimes later parts of a question contain a qualification, hint or additional instruction that help with earlier parts.
Candidates sometimes forget to answer parts of questions, for no apparent reason, and lose credit that otherwise would have easily been gained. Make sure that you have dealt with everything that has been asked.
|If you have attempted to answer fewer than the required number of questions, and you had the patience to stay in the exam room to the end of the exam, then you ignored the timetabling advice, and we can virtually guarantee that you have lost easily gained marks.|