Plan ahead and get into good habits to make sure you perform at your best in your exams.

Top Tips - revision

  1. Find yourself a space to revise and remove any distractions: it will help you concentrate.
  2. Log onto your school's virtual learning environment (at LMC we use moodle) to find notes and information to help you.
  3. Make your own revision notes: you'll learn as you write - use index cards to break notes into manageable chunks and highlight key areas using colours and symbols to you remember facts. Record notes into your phone as an audio file that you can use to remind you of facts.
  4. Visit websites such as GCSE Bitesize for subject specific revision guides and interactive content.
  5. Test yourself, concentrating on the areas you're not so sure of.
  6. Plan ahead rather than cramming. List the topics you need to cover then create a revision timetable.
  7. Take regular breaks: your concentration lapses after a couple of hours. Break up periods of revision with periods of relaxation and reward yourself with small treats.
  8. Practise with past papers and time yourself so you know how the questions are likely to be worded and what to expect on the day.
  9. When you aren't studying try not to worry about your exams and unwind with sport or hobbies so you come back to your revision refreshed the next time.
  10. Try to eat healthy meals to feed your brain!

Top Tips - the night before

  1. Don't cram the night before, or try to learn new areas - you will just get panicked. Stick to key points and summaries (use your revision notes!).
  2. Get your equipment ready, e.g. pens, ruler, calculator.
  3. Try to get a decent night's sleep (put your phone away!).

Top Tips - on the day

  1. Make sure you know when and where your exams are and plan extra time for travel. If you arrive late you might not be allowed to sit the exam.
  2. Make sure you don't take anything with you into the exam that is not allowed. Even if you don't intend to use it, if caught you could be disqualified.
  3. Read all the instructions carefully to make sure you know how many questions you need to answer from each section, how much they are worth and which are compulsory.
  4. If you get panicked just take a deep breath and read the paper through again.
  5. Plan your time to make sure you allocate enough for each question. Try not to spend too much time on a single question, it will have a maximum number of marks and your time could be better used elsewhere. You can always come back to something later.
  6. Make a plan for essay questions to give you a structure.
  7. It sounds obvious but make sure you answer the question set, not the one you prepared.
  8. If you are running out of time, list the points you would have made concisely, you may still get some marks.
  9. If you have any time left at the end, check through your answers.
  10. Don't conduct a "post mortem" on the exam afterwards with your friends. You can't change what you've written and you might stress each other out uncecessarily!


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