Keep going – you’re almost at the exam finish linePosted: 25th of March 2015 by
Whether you are in year 11 getting ready to start your GCSE exams or whether you’re preparing for your A-level exams it’s the time of year when you start to feel a bit frantic and probably overwhelmed by the amount of work that you’ve got to do.
Feeling stressed about exams? You’re not alone – get some advice here.
Well, keep calm (ish) and follow our top tips for surviving exam preparation
Make a plan
Simply ‘hitting the books’ with no plan of action isn’t going to work – how can you achieve something if you don’t really know what you’re trying to achieve? Try to organise your time into chunks of about 20 minutes – this is manageable. It’s better to do a little and often than to try and cram everything in at the last minute.
Rather than trying to revise ‘History’ or ‘Maths’ which is a bit silly – choose really specific topics to revise – this way you get the detail and you’ll also feel that it’s achievable.
Develop your skills
Many marks are lost in exams simply because you haven’t answered the question fully. Practise answering in a way that gains you the most marks, which often means making sure that for example, you don’t just name an idea or a theory, but that you can link it to a study (say in psychology) and you can give the names of the theorists.
Check out exam papers
There’s nothing worse than be surprised, so don’t be – get yourself online and look at previous exam papers so that you are prepared – also, look at the mark schemes that will be with the exam papers – this will give you more detail about what the examiner is looking for in an answer – it will also outline what kind of response gets the most marks *make sure you know the difference between describing and evaluating for example. Also, make sure that you mark your own work using these mark schemes – and do it honestly, or there’s no point.
Have some fun
If you are a creative person, then try to have some fun – make posters, create revision flowers, make yourself a game of ‘pairs’, write a revision rap – whatever works for you – but the more that you enjoy your revision then more you’ll do and that can only be a good thing!
For some ideas for revision activities and games – visit our Revision Techniques Blog
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