Revising to achieving High exam grades – Practical suggestions and advice

The last two blogs explore the thinking process behind examination preparation. Below are some practical suggestions for preparing for examinations.

  1. Be clear about the grade you to need obtain in each of your subjects
  2. Have a plan in place to prepare for your examinations. This may be some sort of study plan that includes when to study which subject
  3. Concentre – focus on your set goals and avoid distractions
  4. Be careful with technology. Computers and the Internet are very useful tools in obtaining information; however, the marks you score in the exam depend main on what you actually write in the exam.
  5. Practise with exam questions and get a teacher to mark some of the work. Marking it yourself or having it marked by your peers is quite good but a find a way to get the teacher to mark some of the work and to correct parts is better
  6. Establish a routine for yourself before and during the exam time. This should include the number of hours you sleep and a study pattern that is regular and consistent
  7. Try and get used to drinking water more and not rely on sweet drinks to boost your energy levels, as water is a lot better for you and it usually the only drink allowed in the exam room
  8. If you have to seek extra tuition, be clear about what you want to get from it.  You may perhaps need just to gain a better understanding of certain topics or it may be a whole module. Whatever you are taught practise with several past exam questions on those topics
  9. Avoid thinking you are overwhelmed. It is not helpful to procrastinate and to keep thinking that you do not know where to start. Start somewhere; anywhere at all as starting in the wrong direction can be fixed but non-starting cannot be fixed. Focus on one particular area or topic at a time and make sure you nail it before you move on.
  10. Have courage and don’t give up.

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