5. Applying metacognitive skills
Remember, metacognition is being aware of your internal dialogue, and you should have trained yourself to quickly plan, do and review the question posed. This should be a fast and automated process, not delaying you during the exam. You have the knowledge, you’ve done the revision, you have a lot of people on your side. If you are faced with a question that completely throws you, then rationally return to the question when you’ve allowed yourself time to process the question – allowing time for retrieval so you can return to the challenge and give it your best shot. Think back to the times when you explored this topic; think back to that mindmap you developed; think back to those revision cards you created (they were a work of art!), then have a go at answering the question, and you may be surprised with what you do actually know.
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