Sail Through Exams!: Preparing for Traditional Exams for Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates

Sail Through Exams!: Preparing for Traditional Exams for Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates

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By (author) Peter Levin


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  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 8mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335215769
  • ISBN 13: 9780335215768
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 489,016

Product description

'A good read. The clear explanations of how to prepare for exams and ways to choose and answer questions are practical and useful' - BA Geography student. 'Relevant for exams and how I should approach my studies. It was easy to synthesize the information given - and comforting! My problems don't seem unique to me any more' - MSc Management student. This lively, concise and to-the-point guide offers hints and practical suggestions to help you develop good exam-preparation skills and build your confidence, so that you can get results that do justice to the work you've put in. This work shows: how to use past exam papers; how to decode difficult-to-understand exam questions; how to structure top-quality answers; how to revise effectively; how to get in the right frame of mind for exams; and, how to do your best on the day. It is a must for every student preparing for traditional exams!

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Author information

Dr Peter Levin is an Educational Developer, specializing in student support at the London School of Economics. He works one-to-one work with students on managing their studies, including preparing for exams. Formerly a lecturer in social policy at LSE, he is author of Making Social Policy (Open University Press, 1997).

Table of contents

The strange world of university examinations. READ THIS FIRST! Introduction Part One: Using past exam papers 1Get hold of past exam papers 2What to look for in past exam papers 3Unfair questions 4The guessing game: What topics will come up this year? Part Two: Formulating model answers 5What are examiners looking for? 6Interpreting the question 7Methodology 8Materials 9Drawing up a plan 10An alternative approach: the 'question string' 11Choose your introduction 12Argument or chain of reasoning? 13Writing exam answers: some more suggestions 14Questions for examiners Part Three: In the run-up to exams 15Revising effectively 16Memorizing 17Make best use of your time 18Getting in the right frame of mind for exams Part Four: On the day of the exam 19Be organized Further Reading Acknowledgments