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# Exam Skills 101

Exam Skills 101. The basics. Time keeping. 1 mark = 1 minute There’s only one way to avoid panic on the exam day…practise. With exam questions; No textbook in one colour (e.g. blue) With textbook in another colour (e.g. black) Over time limit in another (e.g. pencil)

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## Exam Skills 101

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1. Exam Skills 101 The basics

2. Time keeping 1 mark = 1 minute There’s only one way to avoid panic on the exam day…practise. With exam questions; • No textbook in one colour (e.g. blue) • With textbook in another colour (e.g. black) • Over time limit in another (e.g. pencil) Keep an eye on the clock, memorise the formula and get used to working under pressure.

3. Sketch graphs ALWAYS; • Label axes • Add any numbers you know • Check the question to find out how far you have to go. • Look at the graph you have drawn and imagine the motion. Does it match up? SOMETIMES; 5. Use another graph’s gradient or area to help you.

4. Assumptions ‘To assume is to make an ASS out of U and ME’ - My Dad 1997 Unfortunately we have to make assumptions in physics otherwise it gets ridiculously complicated very quickly. Common assumptions; • Air resistance is negligible • Acceleration is constant • Collisions are elastic (no energy lost)

5. Explain… …the shape of the graph. This means tell the examiner WHY the graph is that shape using Physics ideas. E.g. ‘the line is straight because the acceleration is constant’ OR ‘the line is curved because the object is decelerating’

6. Leaving questions blank Don’t.

7. ECFs Error Carried Forward • Sometimes you need an answer from a previous question to answer the current question. • What if you have that answer wrong? • It DOESN’T MATTER. • If you don’t know how to answer the first question guess a number and put the correct units on it. • Use that number for the rest of the question.

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