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Lesson 30: Questions and Answers

This "Lesson" is different from the rest. It is a "Live Lesson", in the sense that it will continuously be updated to answer the questions you have.


Here is how it's going to work:


  1. You post questions in the comments below. You don't need to limit yourself to questions relating to University applications. Ask Anything and Everything!

  2. I'll pick the most interesting ones and write detailed answers here.

 

Question 1: How to regain focus and concentration in exams while experiencing a blackout?


A blackout occurs when you suddenly forget information you've memorised. This can happen during exams. It happened to me during my Economics P4 paper and this resulted in me obtaining grade 2 instead of grade 1 in that paper. I could not recover from the blackout.


However, there are things you can try:


  • Take a short break. Drink some water and take a few deep breaths. If you have some extra time, go for a quick toilet break. The key is to calm yourself down.

  • Skip the question on which you experienced a blackout. Do other questions and come back to it in the end. Hopefully, you'll remember the things you forget.

  • If nothing else works, pray! A friend of mine, also a State of Mauritius Laureate once told me that she experienced a blackout during an HSC exam. She prayed, prayed and prayed until eventually, everything came back to her.


Here are some additional resources you could look into:


Question 2: What are some ways to avoid overconfidence or some form of negligence towards a subject when we have performed really well in the last semester(s)?


The answer to this question is simple. You always need to have a beginner's mindset. In your mind, you should treat the subject as if there is still room for a lot of improvement.


Here is something you could try: Find the hardest past papers/questions you can find for that particular subject and do them under strict exam conditions. Then, use the mark schemes or ask a teacher to mark your work. Be extremely strict with the marking. If you make mistakes, this will hopefully stop you from becoming overconfident. Keep doing the hardest questions you can find until you've made enough mistakes and your overconfidence is gone.

 

What are you waiting for?


Post your questions in the comments below!



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Hi. Can you pls precise what factors cambridge examiners consider when separating laureates from ranked students?

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kurreemunh
kurreemunh
Oct 11, 2021

THIS YOUNG MAN IS SIMPLY AMAZING! THERE IS NO DOUBT YOU HAVE INSPIRED MANY STUDENTS. I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY DAY TO HELP OTHERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE QUOTES. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.

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Noor Mustun
Noor Mustun
Oct 11, 2021
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Thank you so much for your nice words. I really appreciate it!

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For gp I'm limited to 2019 past papers and french to 2013 past papers, anything you can suggest about it to get more past papers from previous years?

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Noor Mustun
Noor Mustun
Aug 08, 2021
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Ask your teachers. They might have the older papers

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I have some questions:


Can reading a book be classified in a study hour?


Is watching the 19:30 news make an optimum use of my time?

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Noor Mustun
Noor Mustun
Jul 25, 2021
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Personally, during HSC, I would define study hours as hours spent directly preparing for the exams. If you are reading a textbook, yes I would count it as study time. Otherwise, no. But this is my personal preference. Yours may differ. I think you can watch the news at anytime. The time you watch it is completely up to you.

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I need to wait for sc results till August and till I can get the book prescription. Anything meaningful I can do in the meantime that you suggest me pls ?

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Noor Mustun
Noor Mustun
Jul 06, 2021
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I know some people use gceguide.com, but I cannot confirm if it is safe or not.

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