Panic And Procrastination 

Sometimes a task can feel so overwhelming that it’s difficult to begin,

Procrastination takes over and you just can’t seem to get anything done. Try

not to panic, protect and manage your preparation time, and don’t put off

getting started.

tip 19.1

Lack Of Analysis

It can be tempting to parrot everything you know when writing essays and

exam answers. But to demonstrate your understanding you should engage

critically with your source material. Read through the marking scheme used

by your department. You will notice some very telling words and phrases

attached to the highest marks.


Poor Planning 

In exams it’s vital that you don’t jump the gun. Take the first 5 to 10

minutes to read through the paper and plan the questions you’re going to

answer in order of how confident you feel in that subject area. Make sure

you secure the marks on the questions that you find easiest to answer first,

before attempting questions that are more difficult. The latter often make

you lose confidence and time during exam conditions.


Not reading the question properly

When revising, students often rehearse answers in their head. Some

Questions require them to think and reflect under timed conditions. But

instead students will often pick up key words in the question and write out a rehearsed response.

This can be avoided by taking some time to reflect upon the question,

rather than seeing that as wasted time and rushing to fill the pages.


Insufficient Reading Around A Subject

During revision time, students are too selective in what they choose to read,

selecting one or two books and remembering as much from those as

possible. What comes across in a good essay is confidence, and this can only

be achieved by demonstrating plenty of reading on a subject, so that you

can be prepared for any question that you come across. This also requires

giving yourself plenty of time to read, and not leaving it until a few days

before an exam or assignment.



Getting characters names or other basic factual details wrong just smacks

of not caring. If you don’t care enough to do this correctly when you’re

paying to be at university, what will an employer think when he or she is

paying you?






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