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How to Succeed in Exams and Assessments

National Extension College

How to Succeed in Exams and Assessments

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How to Succeed in Exams and Assessments

Taking an exam or being assessed puts pressure on most people. This book is designed to help students being assessed, whatever their subject and at whatever level they are being assessed. It explores different assessment methods and helps learners prepare for their particular assessment, offering guidance on useful ways to approach the process. If you buy a multi-user licence you can share the book with colleagues in your school, college or organisation to use with the students they teach within that institution.

Since How to Succeed in Exams and Assessments was first published it has helped many learners to develop their skills and to succeed in their exams and assessments. Use the entire contents of the workbook or only the topics you need, for face-to-face teaching with your students, or as revision support or a home study aid.

A single-user download allows you to use the material in your own teaching only. Read the full Licensing Terms & Conditions here.

 

Author:                Penny Henderson

Edition:               This edition first published 1993

Format:               PDF

Page extent:      107 pages

 

About the author

NEC works with recognised leaders in the field of education and training, to develop resources designed and written by experienced authors who are also qualified subject experts.

Penny Henderson has written several books on teaching, learning and groupwork for the National Extension College. She has worked as an Open University tutor, and has run groups for students who panic, and trained other tutors to run them. She has worked as a trainer for social services, and freelance as a management consultant and trainer and as a counsellor.

Product description

This workbook is divided thirteen units. Each unit includes a set of objectives outlining what students should learn from the unit; activities to help achieve the objectives; authors’ comments providing feedback and ideas; summary of what students have learnt and how they may put their learning into practice.

 

 

Unit 1 – Introduction

 

What is this book about?

What level does the book aim at?

How to use the book

How is the book organised?

Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs)

What this unit is about

What other books are needed to work through this book?

Using other resources

 

Unit 2 – Understanding assessment

 

What this unit is about

What is assessment?

Informal assessment

Formal assessment

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

What is the basis on which candidates are to be judged?

Your own assessment structure

Summary

 

Unit 3 – Finding out what your assessor is looking for

What this unit is about

What is being assessed?

Knowledge

Skills

Attitudes

What is the basis on which you are to be assessed?

What does your examiner expect?

How to find out what the examiner is looking for

Common failings reported by examiners

Summary

 

Unit 4 – Self-review

What this unit is about

What motivates you?

How your tutor can help

How do you feel about being assessed?

Sources of self-confidence

Developing confidence

Summary

 

Unit 5 – Planning for assessment

What this unit is about

Are deadlines your friends or your enemies?

Your assessment deadlines

Planning

Summary

 

Unit 6 – Using coursework effectively

What this unit is about

Who assesses you?

Making use of comments

Computer marked assessments

Learning from multiple-choice quizzes

Getting feedback when you start an assessment

Summary

 

Unit 7 – Essays, projects, portfolios and journals

What this unit is about

Initial planning

Answering essay questions

Approaching an essay question

Projects

Portfolios

Journals

Summary

 

Unit 8 – Coping with perfection

What this unit is about

Are you a perfectionist?

Perfectionists in assessment

Perfectionists in exams

Summary

 

Unit 9 – Managing anxiety

What this unit is about

Using anxiety

Are you a worrier?

Overcoming panic

Panic in an assessment

Managing anxiety

Summary

 

Unit 10 – Revising for exams

What this unit is about

The exam game

The process of revision

Ways of approaching revision

When should I revise?

Where should I revise?

Finding out about the exam

Drawing up your final plan

Taking breaks

Revising for resits

Summary

 

Unit 11 – Practising for your exam

What this unit is about

Spring cleaning your notes

Extending and improving your notes

Practising recall

Recalling during the exam

Working with others

Thinking like an examiner

Tackling a mock exam

Keeping tabs on your progress

Summary

 

Unit 12 – Answering the question

What this unit is about

Key verbs

Key concepts

Tackling specific sorts of questions: some tips

Summary

 

Unit 13 – Getting it right on the day

What this unit is about

Introduction

Making practical arrangements

Preparing for the exam

The morning of the exam

Exam tactics

Managing your time

If things don’t go according to plan

Summary


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