Help me end my careless/avoidable mistakes on exams
March 7, 2013 4:20 PM Subscribe
After a few semesters of college, I am consistently disappointed each time I receive an exam or quiz back. I constantly find myself making mistakes which I consider careless or avoidable; I know this is a widespread sentiment among students everywhere. What's your advice?
posted by ptsampras14 to education (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The mistakes I make fall under a few different categories. For context, most of the classes I am taking are science: chemistry, physics, math, CS.
- misinterpreting the question
- misaddressing the question (trying to make the question fit a model or nugget of knowledge which isn't entirely correct/appropriate)
- "tuning out" a necessary detail or not understanding the full implications of a detail in a problem
- other mistakes which cascade from previous mistakes (vague description but I'm referring to multipart problems)
When I make genuine mistakes, I am disappointed only because I didn't have a chance to expose that gap in my knowledge before the exam. It's just these pesky avoidable mistakes which really drive me up the wall.
I'm curious to hear how you all cope with this issue when test-taking.