This page describes some common mistakes made in exam scripts. Doing the things described here will typically not get you any marks.
Many classical bad answers appeared in response to the question asking about how interrupts are used implementing virtual memory: many simply gave a description (which looked as if it had been memorised for a book or notes) of what interrupts are. Not only was this not answering the question I had asked, but it also gave no evidence of degree level understanding of the topic: it could have been done by anyone who can memorise paragraphs and, on hearing a keyword from the paragraph, recite that paragraph. This is not what is being looked for in a degree.
Note that I have not included here the correct answer to the question I used as an example above. At this level, you should be able to work that out for yourselves. If you think it would be helpful for me to have included it here, so that you can learn it, you are taking the wrong approach to learning!
It appears that one response to getting a poor exam result is to ask to go over the script to find what you got wrong, to do better next time. This appears to me to be set in the wrong mindset: it looks like an attempt to fine-tune memorised answers. If you got a poor exam result, you are probably going to have to change your way of learning, and your way of answering exams.
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