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Ian Gibbs
The Learnability Man

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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 #14: Be Prepared

As you get to just a few days before your exams, you can start to give thought to making sure the big day goes as perfectly as possible....

Exam Tip #13: Stay Positive

Have you heard of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light-bulb? When he was a schoolboy, he came home one day with a letter from his...

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 #8: Past Papers

If you want to learn how to swim, do you read about fluid dynamics, buoyancy and muscle fatigue? Or do you jump in the water and have a...

Exam Tip #7 Rules & Regulations

What happens if you arrive late for your exam? What happens if you need to go to the loo half-way through? What happens if your pen runs...

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...