Preparing for Exams
- Try to work to a revision timetable - start planning well before exams begin - your teacher should be able to help you with this.
- Make your books, notes and essays more user-friendly with summary notes, headings, sub-headings, highlighting and revision cards. Try using key words or spider charts. Get tips on other revision techniques from teachers and friends - do what works for you.
- Everyone revises differently - find out what routine suits you best - alone or with a friend; morning or late at night; short, sharp bursts or longer revision sessions.
- Take notes of important points when revising as an aid for future revision or if you need to clarify something with a teacher. Try explaining the answers to tricky questions to someone else, or look at past exam papers and try answering some of the questions.
- Ask for help if there are things you don't understand. If you're feeling stressed out, talk to someone.
Don't leave revision to the last minute.
Don't avoid revising subjects you don't like or find difficult.
Don't forget that there is a life beyond revision and exams.
Don't cram ALL night before an exam.
- Remember it's important to eat and sleep well.
- Put yourself first, it is an important time for you - try to talk to your family about how they can make studying a little easier for you, eg. by agreeing times when you can have your own space, when they will try to be a little quieter around the house and when you'd rather not be disturbed (except perhaps for the occasional treat such as a drink or snack).
Don't revise all the time. Take breaks to do things you enjoy and that help you relax.
Prepare for the big day
- Have a good breakfast if you can.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam room.
- Make sure you know where the exam is being held.
- Take everything you will need - extra pens, water, tissues - anything else?
- Go to the loo before the exam starts!