In This Chapter
Getting into the zone
Developing savvy strategies
Preventing silly mistakes
We teach hundreds of students each year and have graded thousands in our careers. Believe us, we’ve seen it all. We’ve seen excellent answers, disastrous answers, and everything in between. We’ve gotten notes from students in the margins asking us to go easy on them because their dog ran away and they didn’t have time to study. We’ve seen some answers that even we couldn’t figure out. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve beamed with pride at what our students have come up with in exam situations.
In this chapter, we’ve put together a list of ten strategies most often used by students who do well on exams. These students are not necessarily smarter than everyone else (although you do have to know your material, of course), but they are much better prepared. As a result, they are able to handle new problems and situations without getting thrown off; they make fewer little mistakes that chip away at an exam score; and they are less likely to have that deer-in-the headlights look, not being able to start a problem. They are more likely to get the ...