I am a teacher specialising in helping police officers pass their promotion and investigators exams. I served for 30 years in the Metropolitan Police Service, attaining the rank of Inspector. I know what it is like to study Blackstone’s Police Manuals for months and sit down with hundreds of others to answer 150 multiple-choice questions in 3 hours. Many people complain that multiple-choice questions trip them up. “They test what you don’t know, not what you do know” are words I have heard countless times. I get it. I said the same thing. I decided to learn about different learning styles and multiple-choice question exam techniques, to prepare me for the exam. I applied what I learnt and scored higher than 99.1% of the rest of the Country in my Inspectors OSPRE Part 1 exam.
I don’t claim to be cleverer than the next person. What I do claim is, I know how to learn and I know how to manage a multiple-choice question exam. I also know you need some support along the way.
Like most people, I was never taught how to learn at school. No one asked what learning style met my individual needs. I would not have even known what they meant by that question. All I knew was “read books and take notes”. Simple! Not very effective though if you are a visual learner. I suspect if you are still reading this you may recognise yourself.
I have spent 2 decades acquiring knowledge of learning styles and techniques. I have also developed a wealth of knowledge on multiple-choice exam technique.
Feeding back hundreds of multiple-choice exam papers to officers and students over the years has enabled me to identify the many pitfalls people fall into, which result in their failure.
Most importantly, I now know how to avoid those pitfalls.