So here you are again in the exam hall, and have received your instruction to turn over the paper and begin. These papers have a familiar look - you have done so many for practice over the last few months ....
Question 1, you know, is always easy and can be done in a couple of minutes - you pitch in without a second thought or a moment's delay.
Then straight on with Question 2 .....
I will keep this post short and to the point: one tip, one self-check.
That tactic of getting off to a fast start may not always be the best. Getting ahead of the clock may feel good, but may not always do you good - particularly if this is your 4th or 5th or nth paper of the fortnight.
Do you remember that piece of advice you have been getting since since you were in Year 1 (or so it seems) ? "Read the exam paper carefully, including the instructions. Underline important parts, key words and phrases. Make sure you know exactly what is being asked - a little time now can save a lot of errors later on."
No better time than now, just as you are getting into your examination stride, to take this seriously and put it into effect. Marks are given, as you know, for 'showing your working' - and what can be more central to showing working than discussing thoughtfully the terms of a question?
The chances are that, having completed this process - which can form the introductory paragraph to an answer - you will continue more relevantly, and miss nothing out that is essential for marks.