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Why you keep meeting ‘strange’ questions in an exam


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There is a time in campus when everything comes to a standstill.  You can hardly find ten students in the TV room watching that favorite soap opera or program they follow keenly. The hostels are barely occupied you can think students have gone on vacation. The ever full blast stereos are reduced to some soft soothing music. This is the only time you go to the library and find it fully packed. Exams must be around the corner. The queue at the cafeteria moves quicker and the occasional chuckles and laughter are reduced to hush tones of meaningful discussion.  All these point to how seriously exams are taken and how they quickly change the general atmosphere in campus.

However, after a series of endless studies and discussions, you go into the exam room and feel like you are meeting the questions for the first time. Which begs the question, how should one prepare and avoid such occurrences?


Failing to plan, they say, is planning to fail. Thorough preparation is inevitable if you want to pass exams. In most cases, students are given a two to three week notice prior to the CATs. Even if you are not given notice, you know that there will be a CAT in the course of the semester. Attending lectures is imperative. If you miss a class, make a point of getting a friend to keep you abreast with the concepts taught before photocopying the notes. Get the necessary handouts, tutorials and attempt various exercises given during the lectures. Go through the notes and do as many exercises as possible to familiarize with questions to expect in the exams. Leave no stone unturned


A serious discussion group has proven helpful. Group discussions help broaden your knowledge in scope and perspective. Here, you get to learn the simpler way of tackling a problem which is time saving and effective. This method also could be helpful when counterchecking your answers to know whether you hit the bull’s-eye or went wide off the mark. Moreover, one’s memory is enhanced tremendously. It is easier to remember something you discussed in a group than something you came across reading on your own. The discussion will also help you understand concepts easily because one might have read deeply and simplify the concept.


Whenever a concept proves to be challenging, it is good to ask someone who knows it. This could be the lecturer, a fellow classmate or someone taking the same course in a higher level. Consultation helps give an insight into the concept .It also spares you the agony of meeting a question you met before but didn’t give a damn about it.  It is possible to learn another concept altogether which will play apart in exposing you further. But eleventh hour consultation is not prudent because it might end up confusing you the more. Consultations must be continuous and progressive to help your brain align the concepts properly.

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