10 Commandments for Finals

"Thou Shall Follow the 10 Commandments for Finals"

1. READ THROUGH THE ENTIRE TEST.

This will help you gauge the amount of time to spend on each question. Answer the questions you are most familiar with first. This prevents running out of time with "easy" questions still unanswered.

2. MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION.

Don't just glance at the question, then start writing. Many students find out too late that their answer, although plausible, does not match the intent of the question. Read carefully. Don't assume that the question means something other than what the words say.

3. MAKE AN OUTLINE.

If time permits, list the important points to be covered in your answer. This process of organization will, through association, help you to recall facts relevant to the question.

4. AVOID FREQUENTLY BEGINNING THE ANSWER WITH ___

: A simple repeating of question; a useless display of knowledge not relevant to the question; jokes.

5. ANSWER CHRONOLOGICALLY.

In any question that involves development through time, the chronological order will prove useful, regardless of the course. The simplest order is generally the best.

6. WRITE SIMPLY AND CAREFULLY.

There is no substitute for clear, orderly writing. Discipline yourself. Do not let haste cause you to use grammar or phrasing which you know may be difficulty for the grader to comprehend.

7. AVOID PADDING.

Never mistake quantity for quality. No one is going to grade you solely on the number of pages you fill.

8. PACE YOURSELF/RELAX OCCASIONALLY.

The faster you drive yourself, the easier it is to make mistakes. Use your watch to time yourself and set a pace as a distance runner does. Take time out to relax. You cannot do your best when your fingers are cramped and your back is tired from bending over the paper.

9. PROOFREADINGING / EDITING.

Try to leave some time for proofreading. If you make any changes, try to do so neatly - no writing between lines or circling text with arrows pointing to other paragraphs

10. WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR #10. WE'LL GET BACK TO YOU.

Last Remark: Cheating is Prohibited.