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Archive for September 2016

Making Clear Links in Responses – Exam Marking: Day 3 Video Diary

To get the top grades/highest marks in a response, students need to go over and above including the key points.

They need to be able to link them together to show interrelationships and develop references.

I give you some pointers and examples in this Video Diary entry on Day 3 of the 2016 QCS Marking Operation ๐Ÿ™‚

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Get Specific! Exam Marker Video Diary – Day 2

Vague = bad
Specific = GOOD!

That’s me being clear and concise ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.


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Exam Marker Video Diary – 2016 – Day 1

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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, howย 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.

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Exam Marking Video Diary – Intro

It’s that time of year again!

The QLD Year 12 students have completed their QCS (QLD Core Skills) exams and so now it’s time for us markers to kick in and get training and marking!

Here’s the intro to this year’s Exam Marking Video Diary…


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Becoming Sherlock Holmes

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 โ€“ 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.

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