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
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.
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