There is nothing more efficient and reassuring, from a psychological point of view, than to test yourself on each main topic of study in the last weeks before the exams. You can ask your parents or a friend to choose a few questions. Make sure you follow the steps described below, both during the preparation test and during the real exam.
– Order your responses. It is practical to start with the questions you can answer easily, because this helps you relax and gather self-confidence. Then, answer the questions you don’t master that well, and leave a good answer for the end, so that the teacher will be left with a good impression.
– Use all the time you have on hand. Have a look at the text you have written, revise your spelling, grammar, wording, see if there is any missing word or idea, if your presentation is unclear or if there’s any mistake left.
– Write a clear and distinct presentation. Ideas must be presented in a clear and precise manner. Main ideas must be completed by secondary ideas and details, so that the answer covers all the aspects of the question. A clear presentation must have an introduction, a main body and a conclusion.
– In the introduction, you need to show that you understand the general meaning of the question as a whole.
– The main body will contain the arguments, as well as facts, reasons and ideas that prove your point of view.
– In the conclusion you only need to summarize in a few sentences the essential aspects of your presentation, and also to mention a possible practical application.
– Answer all the questions. If you choose not to answer a question at all, you already know that you will receive no point for that question. Therefore, it is wise to try to focus on the meaning of the question and make connections with other questions that are related in meaning and content. Remember what you heard in class, the notes you have written down, some key word or information that the teacher might have mentioned while explaining the questions at the exam, and try to write something correct and coherent that will relate, at least to a certain extent, to the question you need to answer. You have great chances to hit the answer and receive at least some of the points allotted to that question, which is more than nothing.