SKILLS IN WRITING THE EXAMINATION Every year all the Students face the challenge of examinations, when the time approaches they are alone and have to fight the battle with knowledge and confidence. Medical education is so complex all the MBBS students must realise they should know some thing of every thing, not necessary to know all minute details. When we were Medical students the subjects were little and time is longer to study. Above all, we had committed teachers. I request all the students to have confidence and knowledge to reproduce the answers is just a recall exercise. Just think to follow few guidelines you will make it Clear handwriting, organized thoughts and practicing are yourweapons. Use them well. If you hand writing not up to minimalexpectations write the important words in Broad Capitals thenthe examiner gets the idea that you know the importance of theanswers you have written. Remember that the time given for the exam is more thanenough. A 2 -3 minutes for a mark, which means that, is the deal.Most of the papers like Microbiology or Pathology are set for 40 to50 marks, which you have to answer in 120 minutes As a result;you should not take less than that on each mark. You should dothe following,Attempt with best Answers you know are familiar even though it isa short notes or a brief answer, Read the question. Read it carefully, and underline the keywords. With a pencil many time it is instructed not to write anything on the question paper Think about the answer. Rephrase it in your mind in a way that covers the needed answer.
Write the answer down. Start with an opening sentence, anduse short ones do not complicate the matters, No examiner LIKEto know your complex ideas,A well-written ANSWER is the one that you do not go back toit when moving on. Which means that, you should write the bestanswer from the first Lime? This will give you extra time in theexam, and will increase your chance in getting more marks.The examiners will not place an irrelevant question inthe exam. All the papers are set as like your semester modelsfor that reason, remember that you can solve all the questions ifyou studied and memorized well. Remember the importance ofSeminars you have attended and presented the topics you mighttake more time on one of the questions; however, you will get itsanswer if you analyze it a little.Write as many Diagrams, and flow charts as possible whichwill reduce strain on the examiner, he will be happy to award moremarks than you deserve.Do not brood on the questions which you do not know well, andleave to the last hour, if you start worrying you will not able toanswers well known answers and you loose the GOLDEN HOUR stthat 1 HOUR of Examination which can make or break yoursuccess.Do not believe in help from others around you, Please rememberyou are under observation and I do not think your neighbor isbetter than you.Please remember 20% of the questions in any Examination areless known to even the best students, try your recall if you areregular to the classes you can make it.Never forget you are all becoming Doctors try to write theClinical importance of the Question.Examinations are path to progress in Life, face withpositive spirit
With Good wishes Dr.T.V.Rao Professor of Microbiology(email@example.com) Travancore Medical College, KollamKerala