From getting to grips with
you don’t understand to cramming in last minute facts (which will only appear on the exam if you subject areas don’t learn them), there’s no denying that the is traumatic for everyone concerned. It's all so much worse if you leave it all to the very last minute! exam period
Having said this, there are a few tricks you can follow that will make your last-minute exam preparation a little less stressful.
1. Don't Fail to Prepare
One of the things many students do is
for their exam properly. No, we’re not just talking about the revision aspect – although starting your revision in advance does most certainly help – but the actual act of ensuring that you have what you need for the exam. fail to prepare
Most universities and colleges will have a list of things that you’ll need to take with you including a transparent pencil case, your student ID, your pens and any other essential equipment.
You should also double check the time of your exam and where it is taking place in order to avoid being late. Knowing that you are prepared will also help calm your nerves.
2. Post-it Notes
By now, you have probably finished the bulk of your revision (if not, you really shouldn’t be procrastinating on the internet)!
It is also vital that you reinforce your learning in order to ensure that you don’t forget it all before the exam. One (relatively cheap) way of doing this is through the use of post-it notes. It often helps when revising to have key snippets of information stuck to the walls of your room to act as visual reminders of what it is you need to remember.
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3. Student Portal
The majority of Universities and sixth form colleges have online learning platforms which students can access outside of regular contact hours. These will contain all of the lecture slides, secondary sources and – most importantly – past papers and sample exam questions which can be an amazing source of information, and allows you to practice your (wait for it) ...
4. Exam Technique
can make the difference between getting a good grade and a great grade. When you enter the exam, the first thing you should do is read the questions, CAREFULLY to ensure that the information you write down is what the examiner is looking for. exam technique
Another common mistake to make in the exam environment is to misread the actual instructions, particularly for
students, who often get to choose which questions they answer. A Arts , History or Politics paper may be divided into different sections and have a number of question choices. English
Similarly, you should also consider your timing. If your exam is 3 hours long and you have 3 essay questions to answer, then you should aim to spend an equal amount of time on each question. If one question is worth more marks than another, then allocate a little more time to this section.
It is pretty easy to let your health slip during the revision period, but it really doesn’t benefit anyone. In fact, illness, fatigue and excessive stress - which I'm sure you'll be feeling if you have left your exam preparation to the last minute - have been proven to have a negative impact upon the brain’s ability to retain information, so it is important that you try and sleep well and drink plenty of water.
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