- 1. Spotting Questions :
It is a general tendency of the students to spot questions from previous years'
question papers. But this is a malpractice. The students are actually supposed to
spot the important topics. Their learning should be topic oriented and not question
oriented. This is one of the most common mistakes done during
- 2. Cramming Too Much Information Into Memory
Our brains can often only retain 10% to 20% of the information that we read. So,
instead of trying to memorize, you should concentrate on understanding what is written
in those pages. You should be able to explain them in your own words!
- 3. Panicking Before Or During A Paper :
If you experience anxiety and panic, you can never give your best. One of the worst
things that you can do before and during a test or exam is to lose confidence. Once
you panic, your mind is in frenzy and your performance will not be up to the mark.
- 4. Arriving Late For A Paper :
Latecomers may sometimes be barred from sitting for the paper. Even if you do get
to sit for the paper, much precious time would have been lost. On top of that, your
mind would still be reeling from the rush.
- 5. Failing To Scan Through The Questions
Always scan through a paper before you begin writing. Give yourself about 2 to 5
minutes to read through all the questions. Check every page of the paper to make
sure that you do not miss any question.
- 6. Failing To Allocate Time For Each Question
Some questions deserve more time than others. Always devote your time to each question
based on the marks allocated to it. A question carrying 10 marks should be given
more time than a question carrying 3 marks. And remember to bring along a watch
or clock to time yourself.
- 7. Starting With The Most Difficult Question
Always start with the easy questions. It makes you feel good about the paper and
boosts your confidence. Attempting a tough question is a bad start to a paper. Your
mind gets stumbled at the very beginning of the paper. You rack your brains trying
to come out with the answers for that agonizing question. You begin to feel exasperated.
Your mind loses its calm.
- 8. Jumping Straight Into Answering A Question
Without Proper Planning :
Proper planning ensures that you have considered all the major aspects of the question
before you start to write your answer. It would save you much time later when you
write the answer. A carefully planned answer would also get more marks than an unplanned
or poorly planned answer.
- 9. Misinterpreting A Question :
Misinterpreting a question can cost you dearly in a test or exam. This is especially
if the question is worth 10 or 20 marks out of 100. You would be spending precious
time producing an incorrect answer. The only way to avoid mistake i.e. of misinterpreting
question is to read through the question at least twice.
- 10. Producing An Incoherent Answer :
One of the worst things you can do to put off the teacher or examiner marking your
paper is to write incoherently. That is, your thoughts and ideas are badly expressed
and very difficult for the marker to understand. In short, your writing does not
The only way to make sure that you do not write incoherently in a test or exam paper
is to practice writing answers more often.
- 11. Not Sure How To Start Or End An Essay
How much more time are you going to waste trying to figure out a superb start to
your answer? Just get to the point! Remember this is a test (or exam) paper! Time
While having a good writing style is important, the emphasis here is about the flow
of your ideas.
As long as your last paragraph ends your essay nicely, it would not be a problem.
- 12. Writing Illegibly :
Illegible handwriting is a common mistake done during exam and is a cause of low
test and exam scores for many students. Terrible handwriting makes reading extremely
tough and slow for the marker. It can even put off the marker. Some markers give
up beyond a certain point and skip parts of the writing. This means that your answers
may not be completely read and graded accordingly. You lose precious marks.
- 13. Failing To Check Your Answers :
Always strive to complete a paper at least 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. Then
make use of this spare time to check through your paper at least twice. You may
be pleasantly surprised that you can spot an error or two in your answers, and that
you have the time needed to make the required corrections. In this way you can learn
to avoid last minute mistakes made by you.
- 14. Failing To Bring Along Required Stationery
Or Items :
List down all the required stationary and items that you will need for all your
papers. On the day of a paper, look through this list and get the required stationary
and items ready before you leave your house. Where possible, bring along at least
two of each item and stationary you need, in case the first one malfunctions suddenly.
- 15. Forgetting To Write Down Your Names And
Other Personal Particulars :
Make sure that you write down your name and other personal details in every page
of your answer script. Do check that everything is in order before you submit your
paper is the last but not the least common mistakes done during exam. So try to