Category: Exams

Exam techniques

The key elements for studying include organisation, time management and goal setting.

The lead up to the exam

  • Make sure your notes are complete and if not, fill in the gaps – either ask the teacher or a classmate
  • Look over anything you have not understood and arrange to get help in that area
  • Begin studying early
  • Find a quiet place to study and make sure you are sitting comfortably
  • Make sure your desk is well lit
  • Keep background noise to a minimum; avoid studying in an area where there will be distractions
  • Have everything you need to do your revision to hand before you start – don’t forget a thesaurus, dictionary and calculator
  • Plan 1-hour time slots you will use for study, work for 25 minutes then take a 10-minute break and do another 25 minutes. Every hour, you should take a longer break.
  • Prioritise and consider your commitments when setting up a study timetable
  • Complete small tasks straight away rather than putting them off
  • Start with the subjects you find hardest to give you enough time to come to grips with the info but make sure you break difficult or ‘boring’ work into sections and put more interesting tasks in between.
  • Set a study goal for each session – such as chapter 1 & 2, etc.
  • Don’t try to complete a whole subject in one sitting. Sort it section by section.
  • Go through past papers to get a feel for the exam layout, etc.
  • Aim to form and answer questions as you work
  • Highlight concerns as you work – yellow for a confusing area – this may become clearer as you continue working and red for something you don’t understand and seek answers or help for this as soon as possible – it’s easier for a teacher to assist you if you have a specific question

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