It’s that time of year again but don’t panic, you’ve got this. Exams are not meant to be easy but hopefully this guide will steer you in the right direction. All the essentials you need for revision, exams & beyond can be found here
Take a deep breath & read on…….
Tips for excellent revision
Prepare your work space
Make sure that you have:
• A tidy, undisturbed place to study
• A comfortable chair
• A table which gives you enough room for your books
• A bright table lamp
• All the books you need – school notes, revision guides,etc
• Pens, pencils, scrap paper, etc
Commit to memory
Try to memorise:
• Connections between facts and patterns which give shape to a topic, e.g. definitions, scientific laws
• Vocabulary for foreign languages, verb endings
• Quotations from set texts
• Diagrams or drawings, e.g. science apparatus
• Scientific facts such as chemical symbols and formulae
• Mathematical formulae
Make your learning active
Stimulate your mind and learn effectively by:
• Writing down key points
• Draw diagrams or charts several times
• Test yourself by covering an original diagram, draw it again and check against the original
• Read/sing it out aloud
• Underline key points or quotations
• Use Mnemonics to help you remember lists. The naughtier, the better!
• Use word games to remember things
• Get friends or family to test you
• Work through work books and past papers.
• Make revision notes on small pieces of card. Look at them on the bus!
• Make revision posters and put them where you see them every day.
• Make flash cards with questions on one side and answers on the other. Use these to get people to test you with
• Using a revision guide along with your class notes
• Make mind maps
The Night Before An Exam
Now is the time to relax and prepare for the next day. Do something you really enjoy doing and ensure that as the evening
progresses you totally relax.
You will sleep better if you do the following:
• Put out all of your equipment – 2 black pens, pencil and sharpener, rubber, ruler, calculator, etc. These should be in
a clear pencil case or bag.
• Check your exam timetable – which room is the exam in? What time do you have to be there?
• Have a warm bath and perhaps try some relaxation exercises.
• Go to bed early and set your alarm!
The Morning of the Exam
• Get up and have a good breakfast. Don’t have lots of caffeine or sugary foods. Cereal and toast is ideal.
• Leave the house in plenty of time and check you have everything with you.
• Line up calmly and quietly outside of your exam venue at the time you were told
•Take in a bottle of water to keep hydrated
Finally – GOOD LUCK!! It will soon be over & then the celebrating can start…..
Need more tips? Read on and as always, feel free to make your own suggestions 🙂