How long should seen questions be in an exam at undergraduate psychology level (third year)?
I am writing a seen question on the effectiveness/ineffectiveness of drug prohibition for an exam and I am struggling with the structure.
There is no definitive answer to this unless your University proposes one.
Essentially you need to remeber five things
1) the law of diminishing returns--say a q has 20 marks, the first 5 marks are the easy to get, the next 5 a little bit harder, the next 5 are much more dificult , the next 3 you have to be brilliant, the final 2 are probably never awarded
Therfore allocate time per mark to a Q. stop when the time is up and come back if time is available
2) Answer the question--biggest mistake by students. Read the question, read it again and then write it out in your own words
3) write a plan: no matter how simple --and as ideas pop in your head add them to the plan--you will forget them otherwise
4) Understand the learning objectives of the module. marking must be related to learning objectives so the better you understan them the better you can pan answers
5) For the seen question write it out with all availble material, before the exam, then learn the intro and the conclusion and bullet point the mid sesctions. That way you can whizz straight into the intro and the rest will come to you and when tou are stressed at the end the conclusion is already in your head.