20 Tips to be successful in examinations
1. Get a good night’s sleep before the exam.
2. Always leave 10 minutes at the end to read through your work and make any last minute corrections.
3. If you are running out of time complete your question in the form of notes.
4. Read the instructions carefully. Put a tick next to the questions you have to do/want to do.
5. Where possible, do your best questions first.
6. Look out for how many marks a question has - this often tells you how much detail you should include.
7. Dress for comfort, not just fashion. Make sure you are able to take a layer of clothing off if you are too hot or put on a layer if too cold.
8. Don't let one bad experience colour influence how you feel about yourself and exams.
9. When tackling long questions, plan them first. A mindmap is a good way to do this.
10. Underline the important words in a long question; this will help you break down the question and check you have answered all parts of it.
11. If your mind goes blank or you feel really stressed and can't think clearly try some deep breathing exercises.
12. Get to the exam early.
13. Make sure you take all the equipment you might need. Think about spare batteries for you calculator. Sharpen your pencil in advance. Gather everything you need the night before.
14. Don't spend too long on one question. Work out how much time you have for each question at the beginning of the exam and stick to that.
15. Make sure you attempt all the questions you need to.
16. Read through the whole paper before you start.
17. Don't be afraid to write on the exam paper; you might want to underline words in a question or make very quick notes.
18. Save time-don't repeat yourself when answering a question. You will get no extra marks for saying the same thing twice.
19. If possible, take a bottle of water with you to the exam room.
20. Before, you set off from home relax and imagine yourself walking calmly to the exam room and successfully completing the exam. If you see it and believe it, it is more likely to come true.
Top 10 Revision Tips
1. Short spurts of revision (20-25 minutes) are most effective. Your concentration lapses after about an hour and you need to take a short break (5-10 minutes).
2. Find a quiet place to revise—your bedroom, school, the local library—and refuse to be interrupted or distracted.
3. Make sure you don’t just revise the subjects and topics you like. Spend more time working on your weak ones as well, especially the topics that you don’t know well.
4. Make your own revision notes, because you will remember what you have written down more easily. Stick keynotes to a cupboard or loo doors so you can see them everyday!
5. Re-write the key points of your revision notes, read them out loud to yourself. We remember more than twice as much of what we say aloud than of what we merely
6. Use different techniques. Make your own learning maps. Use post-it notes to write key words on, create flash cards. Record your notes on tape and listen to them back on your MP3 or mobile phone. Ask friends to test you. Use highlighter pens to mark important points. Chant or make up a rap song.
7. Practise on past exam papers or revision tests available on the web. Initially do one section at a time and progress to doing the entire paper against the clock.
8. You will need help at some stage; ask parents, teachers, or even friends. If there is a teacher who you get on well with at school, ask for their e-mail address so you can clarify points you are unsure of whilst on study leave.
9. Don’t get stressed out! Eat properly and get lots of kip!
10. Believe in yourself and be positive. If you think you can succeed you will; if you convince yourself that you will fail, that’s what will probably happen.
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