Make your mistakes now!
Whether it’s poor answer planning, an inability to manage your time under pressure or simply not answering the question asked, the best time to make these mistakes is certainly now!
In particular, it’s also important to assess where you’re going wrong and also how to overcome these weaknesses.
It always amazes me how many students fail to do this and consequently don’t do as well as they hoped in the exam!
So, here are four tips that I know will definitely help:
1) Practice a mock exam under exam conditions
Firstly, don’t take shortcuts – keep to the real exam conditions to truly test yourself.
2) Review your attempt
Now, this is the most noteworthy bit! Here are 7 key questions you must ask yourself at this stage:
- How well did you apply the case to the unseen scenario?
- Are you applying every answer to the pre-seen company and your strategic analysis of the company?
- Is your writing style helping you to score good marks? Furthermore, are you making clear points in short 4-line paragraphs, yet adding value in each point?
- Furthermore, are your points long enough and explanations detailed enough (2 lines is rarely enough for a mark)?
- Is your answer balanced, with the length matching the mark allocation for each question?
- Are there any key areas of technical weakness that you need to revise?
- Lastly, what can you learn from the solution should a similar question come up in your exam?
3) Another great tip is to work on your weaknesses that have been identified in the review – e.g. revise theory and practice how it can be applied to the pre-seen.
4) Above all, repeat the process as many times as possible – because we know the more mocks you will take the more prepared you’ll certainly be as a result!
So, if you would like to take another mock, take a look at the ones we have below: