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39 - The Obvious Stuff.

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The Obvious Stuff

We have listed here important things that will hopefully be obvious to all 😉

Start your study early.

Often it is hard to make a start on something. This is particularly so when you are faced with something unpleasant. In business the most successful people are those that tackle the hardest things first. They leave the easiest things until later.

Obviously the earlier you start your study the better. The best way to minimise the stress of something is to be well prepared for it.

Take for example a speech that you may have to give at an important birthday or at a wedding. If you are prepared you will do a better job of it. It can even mean that you enjoy giving it.

Sometimes a good strategy is to just do a tiny amount of study on the first day a long time ahead of the exam and then slowly build up the amount you do. By doing this tiny amount you have taken the first step. The steps following this may well get easier.

Open book exams.

Are you allowed to take text-books or notes into the exam ? We recommend finding this out early because your preparation will vary depending on this.


Use your watch carefully during the exam. Put it on the table and keep track of the time for each question. A good idea is to write down the time that you need to finish the question by.

Make use of Reading Time

If there are optional questions, use this time to work out which ones you plan to do.

Also use this time to work out which are the relevant theories or models you should use.

You can also start working out the answers to any multi-choice questions.

Have a go at all the questions.

If there are 5 questions worth 20% each and if you do not leave enough time to answer the last one, you are waving goodbuy to 20%.


Multi-choice questions generally take 2 forms:

a. You receive a certain mark for each one you get right.

Here we recommend calmly going through and answering the question using the choice you feel is right. You may wish to leave the ones you are unsure about until the end, then go back and have another try.

Another strategy is to draw a symbol next to ones you have answered but you are unsure about. You can then quickly go back to those ones for a second review later.

It is important to mark a choice for all these questions, even if you do not know the right answer. If there are 4 choices (A,B,C,D) you should get around 1/4 of your random selections right.

b. You receive a certain mark for each one you get right and you receive a deduction for each one you get wrong.

This is a way to stop students just randomly picking answers. Here you should only answer the questions that you feel you know the answer to.

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