There would be some common exam mistakes that should be avoided to achieve good results in exams. If you could find them and take timely actions to resolve those mistakes, it would bring a great difference to your overall performance in the exams. A few mistakes in exams are discussed below,
1. Not Answering the Question
Before you start answering the question, you should read the question properly and understand carefully what is being asked. You should answer exactly the question asked. Writing the related answer that you have learned already will not work. You should have to do enough revisions and prepare to answer what has been asked and, of course, not the question you wanted to ask.
2. Not Checking the Mark Scheme
You should write the answers by checking the marking scheme. You do not need to spend too much of your time on a one-word answer and, at the same time, if your answer is shorter for a 15-mark question, check back the question and find out what is missing to add in your answer.
It is easy to panic, especially if you are not able to answer any of the questions. Take a deep breath. It will help to calm you down. Remember that something is better than nothing. If you do not write anything on your paper, you cannot score at all. Try to write some answers even if they are not perfect. There may be at least one question that you can answer. Start with that question and answer it as you can and repeat the process.
4. Failing to Plan Your Time
Rather than quickly start answering the questions, you should check the number of questions and the available time. Then you can get an idea of how long you can spend on each question. Do not to spend more that time. If so, you will run out of time at the end of the exam. For example, if you are attempting an exam of three essay questions, then you can spend one hour on each question.
5. Failing to Plan The Answers
If you are attempting an essay-type question, it requires a reasonable flow from start to end. So, to get its structure right, you should plan your essay properly. Spend 5-10 minutes planning your essay, including the points to be added and how to structure the argument etc. After finish writing, you can cross-check with the plan to make sure that you have included everything you planned.
6. Making Spelling and Grammar Mistakes
You should be able to write basic English very well without making spelling and grammar mistakes. Read back over your paper at the end of the exam and make sure that everything goes fine.