When you get into the exam
Remain calm and collected. Work efficiently and concentrate.
Know how long you should spend on each question. Jot down these times so that you remain on schedule.
Carefully read, consider and select the questions you’ll answer. Underline any key points in the question – dates, names of places/people, and the task – ‘argue’, ‘describe’, ‘analyse’ etc. Allow for proof-reading time at the end.
Keep essay plans brief, jotting down only bullet points containing reminder ‘buzz words’.
Always check the last page of your exam and page numbers. Make sure you’ve got to grips with the paper!
Avoid writing jokes, long or irrelevant quotes, rhetorical questions or waffling. Be formal and professional.