Revision, revision, revision! It can seem like a daunting time of year, as exams season is fast approaching and you feel as though you have a million and one things to remember.
But stay calm. Don't think of the experience as a whole - break it down into small digestible sessions and it won't seem so intense.
We bust 3 exam myths to help with those nerves on the day of the exam.
1. PLANNING YOUR ANSWER IS A WASTE OF TIME
Planning your answer is one of the most useful things you could do in an exam. You will only need to spend a maximum of 5 minutes planning your answer which can really help when structuring your response and focusing your thought process.
You can also have a look at the marks assigned to each section and work on those with the highest point values first, so you can get the maximum marks for your time.
2. YOU WILL BE TESTED ON ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNT ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Only a portion of the material you have studied will be included in the exam. You will need to pick up on certain clues on what you likely to be tested on such as:
- points your teacher repeats several times
- topics or statements that are bold or italicised in course materials
- a key point your teacher emphasises something that the book emphasized.
3. IT IS A RACE TO FINISH FIRST
Make sure you use all of the time allocated for the exam, even if you can’t wait to get out of the exam room. If you finish early, spend the remaining time reviewing your answers, go back to those questions that were most difficult for you and have another look.
You can also use this time to look for careless errors. Look for questions that have double negatives or other odd phrasing; they might be an attempt to throw you off. Careless errors on your part might be the result of skimming a question and missing a key word. Words such as “always,” “never,” “sometimes,” “rarely” and the like can give a strong indication of the answer the question is really seeking. Don’t throw away points by being careless!
Good luck with those GCSE or A Level exams and don't forget that you’re not in this alone. Seek help and support from your teachers, your friends and your family. Any time it all feels a bit too hard, just pause and picture the moment when you walk out of your final exam. It will feel GOOD!
Take a look at our student revision video and revision page for more study tips on how to prepare for exams.