Audiences and Institutions – exam technique

9 01 2008

Part of the problem a lot of people have with exams is that they know everything they need to pass in theory, but don’t have the technique.  So, here’s a list of things to bear in mind when answering the OCR paper 2732 (audiences and institutions question):

  • For the short questions at the beginning, it’s not necessary to actually quote portions of the text unless the question specifically asks you to find examples.  Summarising or using own knowledge may be quicker the rest of the time.
  • The questions do not have to be answered in a specific order.  If you think it easier to complete question 3 before question 2, there’s no reason not to, especially considering that question 3 is worth more marks.  Thanks to Adam Robbins for this advice.
  • Link your answers back to the question at all times.  It’s not good enough to simply stay on topic if it’s not clear how your answer relates to that topic.
  • Remember your media studies terminology.  Everything sounds better if you use the proper technical language – words like semiology, synergy, convergence and gatekeeper.
  • Something I really need to bear in mind: don’t just write down everything you know.  Instead, select some specific examples of media that relate to the question, and detail what impact they have had.  Equally, don’t waste too much time going on about how great computers or televisions are or you’re at risk of wandering off topic.

Yeah, that’s right, Bobby G is back and ready to kick some media studies exam paper butt.  I haven’t updated this blog in a little while, having been snowed under with coursework, but now I’m going to try and update this as regularly as I can as the exams loom closer…


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9 01 2008
Cat

I thought you did actually abandon the blog. Good to have you back.

What is your coursework about if you don’t mind me asking?

9 01 2008
B0bbyG

Thanks, it’s good to be back.🙂 The coursework was really time consuming, so I wasn’t finding the time to do much else. In fact, I look a mess, and I’ve been at the computer so long it’s starting to affect my vision…

The coursework was also media studies – research the music industry, film and edit a music video, design a CD cover and print advertisement for said CD, and write three essays on the subject. Some of it was actually quite fun, but some of it was dull and it was all very time consuming.

10 01 2008
sulz

good luck for the exams. i’m trying to write a 6000-word paper. fun!

10 01 2008
B0bbyG

Thanks.

6000 words? Ugh. May I ask why?

10 01 2008
sulz

final year paper, or else i can’t graduate.😯

10 01 2008
Cat

What are you writing about, sulz?

11 01 2008
sulz

the construction of gender in roald dahl’s short stories. woot!

11 01 2008
B0bbyG

Well, if it’s Roald Dahl it’s not too bad. Good luck sulz!🙂

15 01 2008
JT

cheers bobby g!

hopefully this advice will come in handy, good luck 4 2moz

15 01 2008
B0bbyG

Cheers Joe, good luck to you too!🙂

Hopefully I can follow my own advice…




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