Passing exams

Learn good exam techniques


Set aside 5-6 minutes planning the answer before you start writing it. Consider using a mind map or another visual representation of your ideas.

A plan should:

  • provide a structure and coherence to your answer;
  • help you to build your argument and bring it to a conclusion;
  • reduce the likelihood that you will miss obvious points.
  • include notes on an introduction and conclusion with your main body.
  • reflect the process in the question.
  • be written in the answer book and labelled as rough work


Never cross out any of your plans: examiners like signs of planning.