Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ace That Exam in 5 Easy Steps

Get that A

Acing your exam is much easier once you follow these steps

Acing an exam is easy if you set your mind into it. It’s all about focus and patience.

  1. Make an agenda list. Create a process flow for your review session. This includes gathering your notes and segregating them depending on which topic it covers.
  2. Go through RUME. Read, understand, memorize and explain. First you read your documents from start to finish for at least 3 times so that the information stores in your brain and allows you to understand its concept fully. Then you memorize it by explaining it to yourself or to an imaginary audience over and over again. Its this process that will help you retain the important details you might need in the exam.
  3. Take a break from time to time. Let your brain breathe and absorb what you are trying to take in. The mind can only process so much. Forcing the information into your mind can only disrupt your learning process. You have to be in that state where you are in a positive disposition and a conducive place to study.
  4. During the exam, read all of the questions before you begin and determine which part you should start answering first. Allocating time is an important factor in written exams. Answer the easy questions so you have more time for the harder ones. Initially, concentrate on what you can answer from the top of your mind and determine what you can derive during the rest of your time.
  5. Write legibly and in an organized manner. Also, if you have time, check your answers for at least 2 rounds.  This can help you correct grammar, spelling and wrong answers.

In most scenarios, it is advised to utilize all of the time given to answer the test. Do not ever try to compare your answering speed with that of your classmates. Try to fight the urge of leaving the room as soon as you finish just because others are already submitting their sheets.

All the effort you put in studying will be worth it in the end once you get that A you’ve been hoping for.

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism on your Essays

Plagiarism is nobody’s friend. It is the unconsented use of language and thoughts of another and the representation of them as one’s own. Not only students are guilty of copying from a source without giving reference. Even professionals and practitioners in their respective fields sometimes find themselves carrying out the unethical act.

The truth is that plagiarism highly neglects the intellectual property of another author. And stealing another person’s ideas is something that is not at all advised or permissible. It is important to determine the ways as to how one can prevent committing the crime of plagiarism. Especially as a student, it is best to practice preventive measures in their academic papers so that the values can be instilled and carried on to even after college.

To avoid plagiarism, students must learn how to document correctly. There is nothing wrong with referring to other people’s ideas to add dimension to your paper as long as you have a justifiable reference page.

In your writing, you must make sure to give credit where credit is due. You must always give source for when you use quotations, paraphrased or summarized text, particular ideas and opinions, and maps, charts, graphs and other statistical information.

Footnotes, Endnotes or Parenthetical References also help students to record their taken data more effectively. Having these on paper also shows how credible the data found in it may be.

In order to prevent plagiarizing, one must always be cautious. Keep on the lookout on every idea and notion that you pose. Make sure to research first before assuming that a certain concept or thought is yours. It can be done through a simple Google search.

Another way is by creating a writing style that you can call your own. Do not imitate another’s voice or tone. Always try to write in your own words as well to be able prevent copying and pasting.

The next time you think of copying another’s work, think again. Plagiarism goes against intellectual rights. Think to yourself, how would you like it if somebody copied your work and passed it off as their own?