Exam Hints What is studying? Studying has 3 parts Organising subject matter efficiently Getting ongoing day to day work and assignments done Researching and revising work for exams Some ideas to help you prepare • Try to work to a Revision Timetable • Start planning well before exams begin • Make your Books, Notes and Essays user friendly with Summary Notes, Headings,Sub-Headings and Revision Cards • Use Key Words and / or Mindmaps • Get tips on other revision techniques from others • Don’t make study sessions too long • Drink some water before you start • Break tasks down into smaller manageable ones • Make summaries of work covered in class in your own words under Main Points or Ideas • Set a task to achieve for each study session • Practise skills learned by doing problems, exercises and essays • Aim to build a clear understanding by connecting areas of knowledge COUNTDOWN to the EXAMS In the run up to your exams, try and adopt a more disciplined attitude Your performance in the exam is important Look at them positively as an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding Social Life : • Put this on hold • Reduce parties, nights out etc. • Plan your rewards you will give yourself after the exams Exercise : • Walk or jog daily to reduce the pressure • It clears the mind and encourages positive thoughts Distractions : Eliminate noise EXAM PREPARATION The secrets to success: • Be prepared • Don’t leave anything to chance Know exactly what is required for each exam • Understand each subject • Quiz your teachers • Know your exam format Multiple choice Short answer Essays How many questions EXAM PREPARATION Around the house put up lists of • Key facts • Formulae • Quotes • Examples Recite them aloud when you see them Do past papers under exam conditions • Identify areas of weakness and address them • Become comfortable with the vocabulary used • Perfect the pace you must work at • Your timing is critical EXAM PREPARATION Test your knowledge and understanding • Discuss it, explain it • Justify it with friends • Question each other List any improvements needed • Work through them systematically • Retest your knowledge Be thorough and focused – have a Study Timetable in your study area Marking Your External Assessments Grade Score Marking Question 3 a) Not Achieved Achieved b) Merit Excellence c) Blank N0 One tiny piece of information N1 Not quite enough to get Achieved N2 Just an Achieved A very Good Achieved Just got a Merit A very good Merit Just got an Excellence A very strong Excellence A3 A4 M5 M6 E7 E8 For a three question paper. You must write something for every question. SITTING EXAMS • Put a copy of your Exam Timetable in a place where your family can double check times and dates • Take a bottle of water to the exam • Arrive in plenty time before the exam, but don’t be too early • Don’t listen to music beforehand – the songs will play on your mind • Have a watch and the necessary equipment • Be relaxed and focused – your preparation has you ready for your exam EXAM TECHNIQUE Reading Time • Read the paper through • Plan your approach • Identify questions you can do immediately • Put the questions in the order you wish to do them • Your confidence will build with more difficult questions The Exam itself • Start on straight forward questions • Don’t dwell on those you can’t do • Move on When you are in the exam focus on the ‘NOW’. Don’t think of the past or the future. (Dr Taylor) – c/o Mr Ritchie • • • • • • • • • • • • Use reading time effectively Underline / highlight key words and phrases Do plans - do they address the questions? But don’t spend too much time on planning Make sure that you have filled in all the details During the answer, consider how well it answers the question Stay alert – don’t daydream Don’t panic if short on time – note the main points If you finish early, check your work thoroughly Never leave early Cross out any answer if it is not required Write neatly and legibly Study And Exam Tips Don’t Work Unless You Do! There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.