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Common mistakes NCEA students make in NCEA exams and how we can help (part 2)

Here are some common mistakes that I have witnessed in NCEA students and how I have supported them to improve their grades.


Is your teenager thinking about their NCEA mock exams? It is likely their school is close to going on study leave so the students can study and then sit their NCEA mock exams. The great thing about Tovah's Tutoring Company Ltd, is that even if you are in NCEA level 1, 2 or 3 - we can support you!


We also know the common mistakes within our NCEA subject areas, and that is why our tuition is valuable. This is because we can teach NCEA students to thinking clearly and then navigate the issues at hand. Read on to find out another common NCEA mistake and how Tovah's Tutoring Company Ltd can fix the problem.


NCEA students can feel overwhelmed and make mistakes that can cost them their grades.  This is why Tovah's Tutoring Company Ltd offers effective support to prevent this from happening.
'Tovah's Tutoring Company Ltd' offers valuable support to help NCEA students. NCEA students can make mistakes when overwhelmed that can cost them their grades. We know how to prevent this from happening.


Writing one sentence answers or brief statements.


NCEA Level one students in particular are sitting NCEA exams for the first time, so it is common for them to be unsure how to answer NCEA examinations formally. Particularly with their mock examinations, they will answer questions as though someone asks them a question and they speak the answer through one or two brief statements.



Here is a typical NCEA question and answer exemplar that can cause NCEA students to fail the NCEA exam question:


Question example: Discuss a key relationship in the text you have studied.

Answer example: Tom and Judy broke up, so it was a bad relationship.


However, in an NCEA examination, students are required to answer in full sentences. They also need to support their answers with evidence from their studies and add their own critical opinion.



How can our NCEA tutor teacher(s) help prevent this?


In our NCEA English tutorials, we practice the process of undergoing the NCEA English exams. We practice writing formally usually the basic structure known as S.E.E.D. This is an acronym for statement, example, evidence and discussion. They will know how to confidently write in this manner because during our NCEA English tutorials we focus on responding to questions using this structure. This skill set is also valuable for other NCEA examinations and NCEA assessments. In most NCEA subjects, NCEA students need to know how to answer questions, formally. So, this skill carries through their entire education. Repeating this every lesson/NCEA tutorial should ensure the NCEA student will know the answer on the day of their NCEA exam(s).


They will also look into what keywords mean in NCEA questions and what the keywords want you to do e.g., analyse, discuss, annotate, evaluate, describe. We look at these keywords and the NCEA student learns will learn how to correctly answer the NCEA questions.


Look out for the third part of this blog series about another common mistake NCEA students make in NCEA examinations. If you haven't seen the first instalment, make sure you check it out here.


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