To get top grades or marks in an exam answer, students must leave nothing to be ‘filled in’ or inferred by the marker. Therefore terminology and descriptions need to be specific. Detail is key here and I give you some examples now in Part 2 of this year’s Exam Marker Video Diary.
Welcome to Day 1 of my 2016 Exam Marking Video Diary!
I seriously get very excited about exam marking and that is probably why I made not one, but two videos today that I have merged together for you 🙂
Makes me sound like a super-geek, I know (and I am a little bit anyway, so hey) but it is exam marking that has always been THE biggest source of revelations when it comes to tutoring and coaching students for their best grades and performance.
Exam marking is getting inside the ‘black box’.
Where all the nitty gritty is discussed in training – why this response got a D, how that answer got an A.
Anyway… today I introduce you to the criteria and skills covered in the unit I’m marking and why this video diary will be relevant for ANY student, in ANY state who will be sitting exams in ANY subject.
I often talk about the importance of command words in tasks and questions, but it’s probably no surprise that there’s a little more to perfecting exam technique. (In fact there are 6 different key elements).
What about the smaller, less obvious elements that are clues to crafting a great answer?
This week I look at the less obvious points to look for – just like the subtle observations that Sherlock is so famous for in his deductions.
Watch the video to get some specific examples I came across lately that caught some students out.