Exam Techniques: The Critical and Overlooked Success Factor
Most exam candidates appreciated the clarity and direction that the recent mock exams provided. I have discussed four critical factors with students this week: knowledge and understanding; exam techniques; effort; and exam anxiety.
Students need to reflect on feedback and seek clarity, if required, to address specific exam techniques that prevented best results in the mocks.
- Was critical analysis an issue?
- Was poor time management in responding to some questions a problem?
- Was clear planning to answer any task something that requires practice?
- Were writing and holding a pen for a length of time something to overcome within six weeks?
- Was time allowed at the start of the exams to read over the paper, instead of commencing immediately?
- Was interpreting questions an issue due to mixing up key terms?
These aspects are just as important as study plans. If you misinterpret questions, your knowledge and understanding will not assist you. Not finishing a paper in time results in lost marks.
I expect teachers will be working closely with students to reinforce these important techniques.
Why students should study sign language?
Learning sign language gives students the opportunity to study the deaf culture and foster inclusivity. Becky Cardinale says, “Students learn to navigate the world in a visual, gestural manner and discover a syntax that is specifically chronological. They learn critical thinking skills by identifying specific concepts such as inclusion, discrimination, deaf gain and audism, which are not discussed in other languages.”
Bilingualism enhances cognition and GSL is especially effective because it is possible to speak and sign simultaneously. This allows for greater neuroplasticity and allows individuals to have more neural pathways to access information in the brain.
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