Reading the case

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    Hie Tutor

    Recently I sat for P1 paper in June exams and managed to finish the paper but failed with 4 marks. Up to now i dont understand where i failed and to be honest i enjoyed Q2 & Q4

    Would you please advise on how many times should one read a case/scenario in exams before attempting the questiom. i would also love to hear your advise on how to answer questions step by step.


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    Hi Pinky! Sorry to hear that you failed P1 in June.

    How many times did you get through the revision kit questions, particularly the 50 markers? If you enjoyed Qs 2 and 4 so much, it could well be that it was Q1 which let you down.

    I have said on numerous occasions that you need to identify where the marks are and then tailor your answer to fit the mark availability. A 10 mark part question needs ten markable points – are you planning an answer to dredge up 10 markable points within the planning time available of 5 minutes?

    Check out the exam technique articles on this site – both for P1 and general. Do you read the requirements for all four questions first? And then, when you’ve identified the one you’re not going to attempt, do you nevertheless read it through? It could have elements within that fourth question which you could use in the other three.

    I doubt that you’ll be able to read the questions more than once. Do you read the requirements FIRST so that you know what you’re looking for? Do you highlight matters which immediately strike you as interesting / relevant as you’re reading through? Do you force yourself to think of enough points ( or do you give up the planning exercise as soon as you’ve written down all the obvious ( and therefore, the easy ) points – these are the points which the majority of students will think of too. You’ve got to stand out in the marker’s mind with the breadth and depth of your thoughts. Otherwise, you’re “just one in a crowd”

    That should give you food for thought!

    Hope it helps

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