Good time management allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, which leads to more free time, which lets you take advantage of learning opportunities, lowers your stress, and helps you focus, which leads to more career success.
Each benefit of time management improves another aspect of your life.
Equally important is learning to pace yourself adequately so that you leave ample time to work on each part of the examination.
Effective time management can help ensure that you do well on the test.
Answer what you Know First!
A sound time-management strategy during tests is to answer the easy questions first. The idea is that you will quickly work through these questions, probably quicker than you had budgeted for , allowing you extra time to work on the more difficult sections.
Focus on Quality Not Quantity
Do not ever think that writing pages will fetch you marks.After all these years of writing examinations in various fields it is very clear that the quality of your answer will matter more than the quantity of pages you fill.
After you’ve answered the easy questions, focus your time on the questions that are worth the most points. It makes more sense to spend 10 minutes on 1 question worth 20 points than to spend 10 minutes on 10 questions worth only 1 point each. In other words, 20 points for one question is worth more time than 10 points for 10 questions
Make sure that you wear a watch so that you can stick to your time budget. You won’t be able to bring a cell phone in the test with you, and there may not be a clock on the wall, so you’ll need to remember your own timepiece.
Know before you go into the exam what sort of answers you can realistically write in the time you’ve got. If you’ve got 45 minutes for an essay question, does that mean you can fit in an introduction, three main points, and a conclusion? Know the amount of detail and sophistication you’ve got time for.
Read every question carefully
In most exams these days, you’ll have to select to answer one or two from a range of questions. Before you leap in, take a deep breath and read every question carefully. Don’t skim-read, and don’t dismiss an option before thinking about it for at least a few seconds.
Divide your time up
Before an exam, when you’re double and triple checking how many and what sort of questions you’ve got to do, make a plan of how long you’re going to spend on each thing – and then make sure you stick to it. Students who do well in exams always know how they’re going to approach a paper, and how to portion out their time so that they don’t run out.
Don’t Leave early
The temptation to leave an exam early (especially if it’s your last one, or you’ve got another later on the same day) can be almost irresistible: freedomand an escape from the palpable tension of the exam hall. But whatever you do, resist. Sit and re-read what you’ve written; double-check all of your answers; check your spelling and rewrite any illegible, hastily-scrawled words
If you don’t do practice papers before an exam, you might be surprised at how difficult it is to write quickly and legibly. Messy Handwriting is a very good way to annoy the person marking your paper before they’ve even started; but equally, you don’t want to undersell yourself by not finishing your answer.
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