The Best Ways Students Prepare for Examination
Professional examinations are conducted through written answers from the candidate. Answering questions is a test of what the candidate has learned, how he can express his understanding of extemporary and the extent to which he has developed a skill in presenting his answers. The candidate has to complete the answers within a limited time without referring to books, manuals or notes. He is, therefore, advised to develop his memory and power to express his views in writing at a high speed.
Studying the subject :
- The candidate should study the syllabus and understand the scope of each subject.
- He should study the books suggested for each subject thoroughly. The study should be supplemented with reference books also. Brief notes should be prepared to help in refreshing the memory just before the examination.
- First, one book which covers the subject should be selected. It should be studied intensively until the fundamentals are grasped. Usage of correct definitions, formulate and terminology get additional weightage in the written answer. Hence, these should be properly understood and remembered for extempore use.
- In addition, the candidate should widen his knowledge on the latest developments in the related fields by studying the newspaper, professional magazines, various legislations and by attending if possible, seminars, lectures, workshops, etc..
- The candidate should study past question papers and mentally check if he can answer them. This will help him in knowing how he will be tested, particularly, in coverage, depth of knowledge and skills in communicating spontaneously.
- The study material normally contains two parts-theory and Practical problems i.e., application of theory in specific cases. Practical problems should be understood properly with examples to master the art of applying theory even in totally different problem areas.
- To assess the grasp of the subject, it is essential that the candidate practices in writing whatever has been studied.
- An average candidate is normally expected to write about 2500 words in just three hours. Unless he has practiced properly, it will be difficult to write this much accurately to pass the examination. It is, therefore, suggested that the candidate should practice to write at least 3,000 words and to solve at least 2-3 practical problems in a week. For this purpose, the candidate should prepare his own answers to various questions, and compare the suggested answers with his own answers.
- He should see how many points of similarity and differences are there between the two.
- It is human nature to be easily bored by writing out a lengthy solution. It is, therefore, suggested to attempt a full written solution to a few questions, in order to gain experience and familiarity with the task of producing solutions within the time allowed in the examination itself. It will also help.
Difficult subjects :
Occasionally, a candidate may find a subject difficult, Actually, no topic or subject is difficult.
It only means that the candidate is not familiar with it. More practice would make the subject easy. It is, therefore, suggested to
- Revise the topics often;
- Understand the inter-relation between subjects and even between topics in the same subject; (This is very important in legal matters).
- Be regular in the study and in practice; six hours a week for twenty weeks is definitely more effective than eighteen hours a day for four weeks.
- Simulate examination conditions by writing answers at the rate of 1.5 minutes per mark – no less. Otherwise, answers are not being written in examination conditions.