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Preparing for exams!!! Revision and the Exam


This guide is intended to help with your revision, and your examination technique, so that you can make the most of what you know, understand and can do.

lt does not offer a way round the problem of lack of effort in the past, but can help you make the best use of the time you have left!



·    Do not pretend that everything can be done in a rush the night before each exam.

·    Work out how long you have got to revise before the exams, and plan how to use your time.



·    Make sure you know what will be examined in each subject, and the way in which the questions are asked. Have a look at the syllabus for this year’s exams and past examination papers.

·    Make sure you know what you will need for each exam … both what is provided for you,

and what you must provide yourself.

·    Make sure you know where and when your exams are to be held.

·    Make sure you know the rules for each exam. Never be tempted to break them!

·    Make sure you are comfortable before going into an exam – go to the toilet, wear comfortable clothes if your school allows this.



·    Read the instructions very carefully – do the right number of questions from the right sections, and answer compulsory questions.

·    Plan your time in the exam – if you only attempt half the questions needed your best possible mark is 50% however good the answers!

·    Make sure you know how many marks each question carries – don’t spend too long on anyone question. Use the number of marks as a guide.

·    Read questions very carefully BEFORE you start writing anything – not halfway through your answer. The examiners allow time for you to read the paper when they plan the exam so don’t think that you are wasting time.

·    Answer the questions set, not the ones you hoped for. However good your work, you will get NO marks if you don’t answer the examiners’ questions.

·    Make sure your answers are carefully presented – write clearly and label diagrams, for example, if this helps your answer.

·    Let the supervisor know if anything is disturbing you – other people tapping nervously with a pencil, noise outside the exam room, or even the supervisor’s squeaky shoes.



·    Don’t worry about the one you’ve just taken; you can’t do anything about it now!

Concentrate instead on the next one.

·    Tell your school straightaway about illness or other circumstances which might have

affected your performance.


·    Exams are NOT designed to catch you out.

·    Being calm and thoughtful in the exam will help you get the most from your preparation.

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