27 Apr 2018
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Scoring well in the comprehension section of the O-Level Chinese paper can make a significant difference in your overall grade. A seemingly minor mistake in your answer could cost you marks, but a slight change in the way you answer the question can help you score.
With the right strategies and pointers, you can avoid making careless mistakes and excel in comprehension.
There are three common bad habits that students display when they attempt comprehension questions, causing them to lose precious marks. Do you have these bad habits too?
1. Focusing too much on the passage instead of questions
You may have the habit of beginning a comprehension by reading the passage first. As you do so, you may encounter difficult words that throw you off, or you become intimidated by the complexity of the theme. By the time you struggle through the passage and arrive at the questions, you may feel demoralised. This affects your ability to identify question requirements and key words. Without the correct techniques, you may find yourself panicking and scribbling any answer that comes to mind.
A student who is familiar with question-answering techniques does not panic when he encounters a difficult passage. Instead, he looks for clues in the questions to help him figure out the correct answers. When he analyses the key words in a question, he asks himself: How are the marks awarded for this question? What is the question type? What will the structure of the answer look like? Based on the mark awarded, how many points must I include in my answer?
A student who is familiar with question-answering techniques are usually the ones who excel in Comprehension
2. Giving up on difficult questions
Often, you might spend most of your time answering the first few questions that are easier, and give up on answering the last few questions that are more difficult. Unfortunately, doing so is not a safe bet. Spending too much time on the first few questions does not guarantee good results.
These last few questions are usually worth 4 to 5 marks. Although it is not easy to score full marks in these questions, attempting them could at least gain you a mark or two. Isn’t that better than not scoring any mark at all?
Gaining marks from the last few questions could be easier than focusing all your time on the first few questions
3. Making the examiner’s life ‘difficult’.
Even if you had no intention of causing an examiner any trouble, the following bad habits when answering questions could make the process of marking very difficult for him or her.
Firstly, you believe that the more you write in your answer, the more marks you will gain. Even when answering a 2-mark question, you copy a whole paragraph from the passage, hoping that the examiner will spot the correct answer somewhere in there and award you the marks. The truth is, even if your answer contains what the examiner is looking for, you may still be penalised. From the
examiner’s point of view, you have not understood the passage nor the question well enough to keep your answer succinct.
Next, you may have identified the correct points that answer the question, but you did not structure them clearly and accurately. As a result, the examiner has to read your confusing answer several times to understand what you are trying to express. In such circumstances, the examiner may simply penalise you because your answer lacks clarity and does not make sense at all.
As the examinations draw closer, are you beginning to feel flustered? Are you desperate to improve your scores but do not know where to begin?
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