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This Everyday Habit Might Actually Be Hurting Your Test Scores

Assignments and their fulfillment

In order to be efficient when doing your assignments, the most important step is to select, and quickly, a topic. Once you have the topic, you should start writing, instead of thinking too much of all the possible outcomes. Avoid, as much as possible, to lose time on unnecessary thoughts.

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This Everyday Habit Might Actually Be Hurting Your Test Scores

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Dwelling on problems

Many individuals seem to get stuck thinking about a certain issue that they have, while totally forgetting about the rest of the things in need of their attention. This is also known as analysis paralysis and it often occurs at exams, when the student has to choose or to give the correct answer. The worst part is that the consequence of getting stuck are always negative: you lose both time and points.

Overthinking and its dangers

When doing an exam, the danger if overthinking is actually real: you can lose both your time and points. In order to avoid such negative consequences, you might want to try setting a time limit for each question and manage the tasks accordingly.

Assignments and their fulfillment

In order to be efficient when doing your assignments, the most important step is to select, and quickly, a topic. Once you have the topic, you should start writing, instead of thinking too much of all the possible outcomes. Avoid, as much as possible, to lose time on unnecessary thoughts.

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The purpose of assessments

Good assessment programs use a range of strategies and tasks, in varying contexts, to understand what students know and can do.

Tasks must also be “fit for purpose”. A task assessing base kn...

Exams focus on breadth

In most disciplines, there are specific bodies of knowledge that students are expected to learn.

Exams enable assessors to test the students’ breadth of understanding of topics.

Exams enhance learning

Studying for exams deepens learning.

  • Searching through one's memory and retrieving the relevant information strengthens the memory pathway.
  • Learning is particularly strong when students self-test rather than passively learning by rote.