Top Tips for Exams


 Keep calm and get organised

  • Check you know the exam boards for your subjects. Ensure you have a copy of the relevant sections of the specification for each subject to be examined…if not get printing!
  • RAG rate the sections of the spec – identify clearly what you need to revise.

 Keep calm, I have a plan!

  • Gather the loose pieces of paper
  • Organise your folder into sections…use dividers!
  • Make sure to include all marked work that has feedback…use it!
  • Include additional resources…but make sure you use them…Highlight key points etc. – they are not just there to fill your folder!

 Organise your folders

  • Ok have you printed specs and RAG rated?
  • Produce a basic plan of where you have commitments – lessons/homework/employment – COLOUR CODE.
  • Use your RAG rated specs…what will you focus on this week? The more DETAIL the more likely it will happen.
  • Once planned, trial it…as you go through the week tick off what you do.

 Chunk and check

  • Chunk your work.
  • Try an exam question (on exam board website).
  • Struggling to find questions? Ask your teacher!

 Keep calm and read

  • Textbook, articles, additional sources…
  • SQ3R …. does it work for you?
  • Effective Reading
  • Don’t understand something? Use a post-it make a note, ask your classmates, ask your teacher.

 Keep calm and understand exam terminology

  • The most important thing to do when you first open you exam booklet is to read all the questions and try to understand what they are asking of you.
  • This glossary contains many of the exam terms most often used in essay titles.

 Keep Motivated