Exam Preparation and Revision

The best way to study for an exam is by practising. I have uploaded the sample exam but also look at exams from the previous two years as the questions are very similar. The only difference, that I can see in this years exam is that you may be asked a question on evaluating your portfolio (given that this is a new question in the sample exam it is a pretty good bet it will be in your final exam).


  • Practise writing for half an hour as this is the time you will get in the exam for each question.
  • Read through your blog posts, classmate blog posts and the marist media blog posts for revision.
  • There is a lot of information so sort through what you beleive you can answer best in the exam and focus upon reading and writing about this area.

Remember, you can only become good at something by practising – exams are no different. The more you practise and submit your exam responses to me the better you will get.



Exam Revision

Now that you have finished your folios you can give yourself and each other a clap on the back.  I thought you all did a fantastic job this year and the magazines looked beautiful.

It is almost over – now you have to get busy and do revision. The best way to practise for the exam is to keep answering exam questions. Give yourself half an hour for each one and try to answer as many as you can in the double period on Monday and Tuesday.

Go through my blog entries and your blog entries as revision. There is plenty of material in them and look at:

Cross Media Ownership
Online compared to print media
Media Ethics
Media Ownership
Representations of people on shows like A Current Affair and stereotypes.

The link to the sample exam is: https://maristmedia.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/sample-exam/

I’ll read your exam responses upon my return on Thursday.

Gruen Transfer and Print Media

On last night’s Gruen Transfer there was an extensive discussion about the decline in print media. They viewed several advertisements that are trying to reposition print media including one from The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. The episode is well worth viewing as revision for the upcoming media exam. Go to Iview and watch the episode (though there is a 14 waiting period).

Evaluation Write Ups

Now you have completed all the magazine, advertisement and news requirements for your folio, you need to work on your evaluations. To help you with the write up you can refer to the blog post I made last year which demonstrates what an evaluation should look like. There are two links in this blog post and you will need to look at both of them to get some idea of the write up required.

These evalations are due by Friday, 19th October. You can submit drafts to me during the week.