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Ways to Fail the IRSE Exam
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1. Don't bother to allocate time in your busy life to start studying early enough to do all the required background reading to build up wide underpinning knowledge; just assume that you can save effort by restricting study to mugging up on a few topics in the couple of weeks prior to the exam. Can't possibly be expected to read everything on that exam reading list, so best ignored.

2. Don't attempt to relate the study of a topic to your knowledge of the railway- after all the exam is just a "hoop to be got through " irrelevant to the "day job".

3. Conversely don't feel that you need to respect that it is an exam at all; afterall you are experienced at your "day job" and probably have an IRSE licence to prove your competence and that "should easily be enough to get through". Exam stress is nothing to what you cope with every day; what's exam technique anyway?

4. Don't actually practice answering exam questions against the clock, "closed book"; just have faith that your ability to think of a couple of bullet points will be sufficient to ensure that you really will be able to give a good answer for the first time at the exam itself.

5. Don't verify that you have correctly understood what the examiners are after for particular questions attempted; just assume that since you are able to write something on the general topic for the appropriate length of time must mean that it will be judged ok.

6. Don't bother to physically and mentally prepare yourself for the day itself; no need to take a day off in the week just turn up on the Saturday having swotted late into the night the week before and hope to muddle through.


Any one of these increases your chances of failure; indeed it is virtually assured if you can "tick the box" for two or more of the above. Conversely if you want to pass then make sure that none of the above apply to you!

One of the prime aims of this website was to give some feedback to students regarding the quality of their answers, as it was perceived that this was the primary thing which it was hard for an individual to do for themselves.

There are now less than 18 weeks remaining for the examination and the number of attempted questions submitted by students so far = 0. Perhaps this feedback is in fact available from other sources afterall ........
PJW
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PJW Wrote:There are now less than 18 weeks remaining for the examination and the number of attempted questions submitted by students so far = 0. Perhaps this feedback is in fact available from other sources afterall ........

I know that the students attending the module 1 study group have been attempting questions, as we have a past paper meeting after every lecture, where we bring in attempts at questions that are relevant to the lecture topic. I can't answer as to why the results of these meetings are not being posted, everyone is aware of the forum.

Judging from the number of views post are getting, I guess that people just don't like to make post themselves.
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