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    How long should an answer be to a question? One person told me that 1 side and a half would be sufficient, but recently someone told me that i need to write like 3 sides of a page, so i was wondering if the length of an answer matters, and also how to i write 3 sides in 18 minutes..thanks

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    You’ve answered it yourself! How much can you COPY in 18 minutes? Let alone the time needed for reading and thinking and planning! You should find that of the 18 minutes per question, 5 of those minutes are spent in thinking and planning how to make 10 separate points in the remaining 13 minutes per question.

    Who on this Earth told you that you needed three sides? They must be crackers!

    However, it is a good technique for demoralising the opposition. Try it! It obviously works :-)


    hey thanks mike!! that really puts my mind at ease now. and maybe if i have some extra time, i could try to do 3 sides hahaha! thanks again :D


    Markers mark according to points written.

    So the best way to gain marks is by writing a point for every mark. A point means one or two sentences which explains fairly. Number it. If you can give a heading to each, even better.

    Use your reading time to jot down point headings for each questions. When you start writing, you may get more points to write.

    Here are two tips.

    Tip 1:

    If you don’t have enough points, split one into two. Present it in two different ways emphasizing different angles of the same point.

    Tip 2:

    If you are not sure of the answer, write more points than required. If its ten marks, write thirteen points and lets hope atleast five-seven of them make sense.

    Good luck for your exams :)

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