Costly Mistakes NOUN Students Need To Avoid During Examination

Read the questions carefully. Some exam questions involve the word "NOT". You might be asked, "Which of the following is not a verb?" and you are provided with the options (a) Read (b) Book (c) Jump (d) Write. A lot of student will choose option A immediately without checking other options. Why? Because they thought the question was "Which of the following is a verb?". it is due to fear or being in a rush while reading the question. Therefore, Read each question carefully at least twice and make sure you understand it. My next article will be on ways to avoid examination fear. This applies to both E-exam and POP.

Answer questions within the required course. You might think you will bag some bonus marks by including additional explanation but end up scoring very low. It is not a bad idea giving additional information in your answers but ensure you do not write out of point. You might be writing something meaningful but does not fit into the question asked. Therefore, Don't write unnecessary information unless it is within the course of the question. Ensure you write answers that suits the questions asked. This only applies to POP exam

 Attempting difficult questions first is a bad idea because – i. It wastes your time, ii. If you solve easier ones first and you are at least sure of getting them right, it keeps your body motivated and improve your brain function to solve difficult ones, iii.If you solve difficult ones first and you don't get them, you become frustrated that you won't be able to solve even the so-called easier ones. Therefore, solve easier questions first. It will help you to bag enough marks and save time to come back to difficult ones. This applies to both E-exam and POP.

Students use more than the proposed time for each question. As a result, they waste their time only to be left with a lot of question with little time to solve them. Do proper research on the number of question and amount of time that will be given for each course. Plan your time and don't use more than the proposed time on each question. If you discover you are wasting too much time on a question, move on to the next question. You must ensure you come back to it when you are through with other questions. This applies to both E-exam and POP.
5. FAILING TO CROSS-CHECK No man is born mistake-free. Students are liable to make mistakes during examination. The real mistake however is when student fail to correct their mistakes. Therefore, Ensure you cross-check your answers to see if there is any mistakes. Don't be in a rush while cross-checking, take your time!. This applies to both E-exam and POP.

6. NOT HEEDING INSTRUCTIONS Do not neglect instructions during examination. You might think examiners don't take it serious, but yes they do!. Each instruction given to you in the examination hall determines whether you pass or not. Therefore, always heed instructions. Don't start when you are not told to, if you are told to answer 4 questions, don't attempt 5 questions. I wish you success.

Written by David Marshall :

(L.C.S.M) Lecturer in criminology and security management.

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