Bonjour mes amis! As part of our Support On Study (SOS) blog series we are now looking at the LC subject – Social and Scientific. HUGE thank you to Mairead Hennigan former EFer for the following advice for LCs!
Timing! Know your timing before going into the exam. Remember question one has equal weighting to the option- so give them equal time and effort. This doesn’t go just for Home Ec, but you have to be especially strict with yourself for timing in this subject. For the mark or two extra you may gain by spending an extra 5 mins on each question, you could literally lose a full 50 marks by not getting the chance to start another question! (It happened to someone I know- don’t let it happen to you!!) When your time is up, move on- no exceptions!!! You may have a few minutes to come back to it in the end!
This piece of advice applies not only to home ec but any exam where you are writing a huge quantity – watch your handwriting. If your handwriting is messy (like mine) then make sure you leave spaces between paragraphs and make a conscious effort to neaten up your writing. I know your handwriting isn’t going to change at this stage, but do everything you can not to irritate the examiner!
Practice sample questions, they repeat and you never know what information you may be able to recycle in an exam situation. Learn off the most common questions so you will be able to recite what you know without wasting time.
eg. kitchen appliances
I didn’t realise this until after the pre but each question has a set amount of points required to get full marks. It has nothing to do with the quantity of writing. eg. If there is a question worth 20 marks it does not mean you need to write 2 or 3 A4 pages, it just means 5 points at 4 marks each or 4 points at 5 marks each –speaking of which, always err on the side of caution and give more points rather than less if you are unsure.
Most people probably know this, but I didn’t realise it until about a week before the exam- there are no short questions on social aspect of the course, just the food and business aspects.
Attempt all the short questions- I’m sure you have heard this a million times over but still so many students go on to leave blanks! You have absolutely nothing to lose if you put down a wrong answer in the short questions! But you could get 2/4/6 marks out of 6 if you even hazard a guess!
Different people learn in different ways, and you should have little ways to prompt or remind yourself of details in the exam. For instance, I remembered that proteins contain Nitrogen because the word protein has the letter N in it (N standing for Nitrogen), whereas carbohydrates, fats and lipids do not contain the letter N, so do not contain Nitrogen! It may sound silly, but I never forgot it!
Another example is Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) and how to tell which one was good for you and which was bad. Then I thought the word “Low” has 3 letters as does the word “bad” and the word “High” has 4 letters, the same amount as “good”.
Reduce the amount of information as you get nearer the exam, you should not be looking at completely new material the days before the exam. Instead you should make out short notes from the book /notes you already have. What I used to do is rewrite the facts that I found difficult to grasp. At the start of the year I had a large number of pages, but as I studied it more, the amount I didn’t know was reduced. This allowed me to focus in on the points that were difficult for me when studying that particular topic.
Practice questions as much as possible and hand them into the teacher to be corrected! I know you only have a few weeks left and you may feel like you are out of time, but these last few weeks are vital, and everything will start to come together. I would try to get as many (timed) questions as possible in to get constructive criticism.