Examination Notice

Hi guys,

As you can see, I have posted all my notes for IB. Sift out whatever you find useful, some information might not be as relevant anymore. For example, the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations started more than 3 years ago and was estimated to be completed in July 2012, but talks have been stalled (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131201/japan-cannot-make-further-concession-us-tpp-talks-mini ; just one of the obstacles faced so far). I do hope that you are reading the current news on a regular basis to stay relevant, though it does not guarantee any help for the examinations. As mentioned in my previous post, the textbook is a safe bet. (no, I don’t take any sales commission from it, lol)

I remembered the lecturer mentioned to us that we, as business students, it is only our duty to read the newspaper everyday. Agree?

This is the final preparation week, if you haven’t started revising for it, please do not visit this blog praying for a miracle tip. Lol. Reason being, I have already uploaded all my notes to you guys, though I do have some more notes that I wrote on the academia articles, they are not with me right now! So, if you have any problem understanding any article, please make the extra effort to send it to me via email (sguomstudent@hotmail.co.uk). The only promise I can give you is I will reply within 2 days. 😀 Below are a few tips:

1. Read the title and the summary/abstract. Understanding what points the writer is trying to make. This make sound like a stupid tip but more than often, we are so absorbed (actually, bored) by the article we started reading blindly and wasted time reading the not as important information like the methodology and hypothesises. Have a good grasp of the concepts and most importantly, the conclusion. Another important information to remember is of course, the author(s) and the year that the article was published.

2. Do you want to me the master of one (few) or the jack of all trades but master of none? Time, unfortunately is not on your side now. If you are the ambitious type and want to study for all chapters, there is a major risk that you are over-stressing yourself and insufficient depth of knowledge to tackle any topics. That being said, it is only my personal opinion and everyone has a different studying style. 🙂 But sometimes it is just so hard to study chapters where we are totally disinterested or find it hard to comprehend,isn’t it?

3.  Nobody likes to read a boring essay. How willing are you to stretch yourself to write something that is not being taught (not out of context, please). Or are you confident enough to tackle questions not attempted by many? If you are the conservative type, as least…

4. Attempt to write neatly, or at least legibly. Yes, it is hard. But it is harder for the marker to understand what you are trying to say. You might have some really good points to make at the latter part of your essay, but you will only score well if the marker is able to read to that point.


5. At much as we don’t want it sometimes, we compare.

That is how the grades are given isn’t it? No marks moderation can be a good/bad thing. Just imagine yourself as the marker, and you have just finished grading a A+ essay. The next essay is of a B standard; how sure are you that you would give this guy a B? Will your judgement be affected because of the previous guy? Yes, the actual marker has a lot of years of giving grades, he/she should be fair and impartial. But that is only our assumption. Not trying to complicate a simple marking system, but isn’t it a more favourable situation if the guy before you scored a C/D and then the essay to be marked is written by you? Or should I say, a more desirable situation? How good this method is, we will never know.

Do you agree with me? If yes, I will leave it to you to interpret how this is a tip. Maybe you will know what to do. 🙂 If you disagree with me, I am sorry I wasted your 1 minute to read, but I do hope what I have wrote above make some sense! Once again, all the best for your paper next week!