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Ian Gibbs
The Learnability Man

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Exam Tip #22: Get The Balance Right

Being able to make the right decision under stress is an important skill. After all, making the wrong decision in a crucial situation can...

Exam Tip #19: Time Management

I hate the expression Time Management. I like to be free and flexible. I don’t like being tied down and boxed in. Maybe you feel the same...

Exam Tip #17: Tiger!

Read any book on exam techniques, look at any Examiners’ Report or talk to anyone who’s marked exam papers and they’ll all say the same...

Exam Tip #16: Last Minute Revision

It’s the big day, the day of your exam(s). Some of the things you need to do are obvious: make sure you have something to eat, arrive...

Exam Tip #15: Sleep

If you need to cut some wood, you’ll need a saw, preferably a sharp one. But as you use it, the sharp little teeth of the saw become worn...

Exam Tip #12: Handling Nerves

One of the things most often stated as a problem regarding exams is pre-exam nerves. It’s not surprising. Being too nervous can cause...

Exam Tip #11: Perfect Notes

After I graduated, I burnt all my notes. Honestly. Four years’ worth of studying, up in smoke in less than thirty minutes. But even...

Exam Tip #10: The Perfect Team

A wise man once said “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.” The point he was trying to make is...

Exam Tip #9: The Perfect Answer

Have you ever had a go at archery? I’m sure that even if you haven’t, you recognise the familiar form of the archery target. It’s clear...

Exam Tip #5: Uncle X’s Report

Let’s imagine you’ll soon be sitting an exam (not much imagination needed there). But let’s also imagine you have an uncle who is an...

Exam Tip #3: Beating Your Worst Enemy

In my previous blog, I pointed out that today is the best day to start your exam preparations. So what’s stopping you? In a nutshell:...

Exam Tip #2: The Best Time To Begin

There is an old Chinese saying: ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’ When is the best time to...

Exam Tip #1: What’s The Point?

You’re going to sit an exam or two. So what? I’m not being facetious. So what? Are your exams important? And if so, why? It’s all too...