Suppose you're going to be given a timed, in-class exam with a few essay questions; it covers material that you have real-world experience in but haven't explicitly studied
in quite a while. Your responses will be hand-written, and they'll have to be legible.
The stakes are pretty high, but you do trust your honed experience. How do you prepare? How do you approach the exam and the questions once you're in the room?
As for me, I prepared for this one by taking a cursory glance at a few materials and relying on my experience for the rest, because to prepare further would have been fruitless--I didn't know what the questions were actually going to be
. Part of me thought that I was being lazy; part of me thought that, in a way, I've spent eight years (of industry experience) preparing for the thing.
Once in the exam, I skimmed over all of the questions and estimated how long each might take me, so that I can at very worst halfass each one rather than leave any blank. When I focused on a given question, I mulled over the question and jotted down some quick bullet points to discuss in my response. The 1-2 page responses practically flowed from the pencil with little need for correction while I was writing. It's almost as if I distanced myself from the process of writing, letting something
else 'pick up the slack.'