Exam Preparation

First things first

Before starting your revision for your exams, make up a timetable which includes all the topics you need to know and how much revision you need to learn them. Write down in hours per week how much the subjects get. Now produce the timetable from that day till your last exam and place your revision slots on the time you have free. If you don’t have much time free, make time. Use realistic times that you can stick at. There’s no point putting in 4 hours of revision if you know that you will not do it.

Cover each subject twice

When planning your revision try to cover each subject at least twice, this will let you refresh your knowledge or allow you to come back to topics that you are unsure of.

Revise specific aspects or topics

When planning your revision do not plan to cover the entire subject in one session, instead plan to cover a topic or aspects. For example do not plan to revise Science, instead break it down into topics such as Human Systems, Waves or Chemical reactions.

Complete past papers

If you want to get an idea of what the exam will be like, ask your teacher for some past papers to complete. This will give you a good idea of the questions, their structure and the number of questions that you are likely to get. By completing past papers you also help to get rid of your exam nerves.

Your best time for revising

Everyone is different so everyone has a different time for revising. Many people will say they revise best in the morning before dinner but some say they revise best at night. Test yourself and find out when your best time for revising is because this is very important and maybe the difference between a pass and a fail.