How To Answer A Question Where You Don't Know The Answer
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This sounds strange: how can you answer a question where you don't know the answer?
Well, focus on the word KNOW. You may not know the answer but can still have a good guess.
Think of a quiz: often you are not sure of the answer but find the right one.
To try to get to an answer when unsure, use this technique:
- read the question
- re-read the question, highlight the key parts of the question
If a gut instinct gives you an answer, write it down.
But if still nothing:
- write down the TOPIC of the question, e.g. if it is a biology exam and you are being asked about the carbon cycle, then write down:
If you have time, bullet point everything that you DO know about the carbon cycle: e.g. factory emissions putting carbon in the air, vegetation using CO2 and sunlight in photosynthesis.
See if this helps trigger an answer or at least an educated guess - often you will find it will.
If still nothing comes to you, then take a guess. You may well not be right, but putting no answer at all guarantees you will be wrong.
Bottom line: if you have time, have a think around the issue, dig deep in your mind for connected topics, and try to visualise the question.
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