What To Do During A Tough Exam
A lot of people just forget to take a moment and calm themselves once they’re faced with a couple of difficult questions in the exam. Breathing in and out a few times surprisingly does wonders for your psyche and makes you feel more in charge of the current situation you’re in, another benefit of breathing is it helps you clear your mind, allowing you to think clearer and formulate a plan, which is going to be the next advice!
Go through the exam once more and try to figure out questions you are confident in and questions you’re not so sure you can handle. You could even delve further into this practice and arrange/sort questions according to levels, i.e.; questions you can do, questions you are average at, questions you cannot do at all. This practice gives you a good bearing of where you stand.
Once you’ve sorted out the questions into different groups, skip the questions you cannot do, for now. Move on to the questions you’re confident with and make sure to re-read them thoroughly, this ensures that at the very least, you do not lose points on these questions, they’re marks you should have in the bag no matter what! Moving on to questions you can’t-do, tackling these is not that much of a different story but requires more effort on your part, you will have to scavenge whatever clues the question gives you, the first step would be re-reading so as to make sure you understand the question; more often than not, a lot of students freak out because they don’t understand the question, but upon further reading they find that the question was not so hard in the first place. Another thing you can do when facing the tougher questions is to highlight key points, this will keep you on the right track when answering the question so you don’t go on a tangent.
Use the back of the paper to conduct a short brainstorming session for some of the tougher questions, jot down ideas/points you can talk about when answering the question you’re stuck on. This, at the very least, gives you a structure to follow, and even though your answer is not completely correct, will score you some points for comprehensiveness. However, while doing this please make sure to keep track of time as it is critical for an exam like this since you’d need to answer other tougher questions as well. Also, make sure you’re allowed to use the back/side of the paper, some exams do not allow for that.
When push comes to shove, and you’re truly out of options, just be sure to attempt each and every question, you can never be too sure that an answer that sounded ridiculous in your head could actually get you one or two precious points which could make all the difference!