'Round about exam time everyone gets sweaty palms and tries to cram loads of learning into one nightÖ here Ďs a guide to a headache-free year!
1) Plan to start revision at least three weeks before every exam - thereís no way you can rush through a whole yearís work the night before and pass! Making yourself a revision timetable could be useful, because then youíll be forced to do one subject for one or two hours, then move onto another.
2) Allow yourself a 15 minute break every two hours, but stick to it - donít get so "involved" making a cup of hot choco. that you forget what youíre suppose to be doing!
3) Make sure you know whatís likely to come up in each exam. Have a look at past exam papers and ask your teachers - theyíll have an idea of what you should expect. However, study at least two sections of each subject so you leave your options open in case the "dead cert" part of the exam doesnít happen. Oops!
Stick those facts you need to know in places youíre always walking past - the fridge, your mirror, the bathroom! Before you know it, youíll have the down path!
1) Make sure you know exactly what youíll need for each exam. Find out whatís provided for you (your teachers will know), and what youíll need to take yourself. You donít want to get to that Maths exam thinking that you wonít need a calculator, then discover you do!
2) It sounds obvious, but make sure you work out the time, date and location of the exam well beofre you set off - itíd be a nightmare if you turned up a day late/and hour late/in the wrong place altogether! Eeek, stress!
3) Get to the exam early enough to go to the loo, have a quick goss. with your pals and get your nerves settled a bit. Wear something comfortable - you donít want to be worried about your shoes cutting into your feet when you should be thinking about Theorem!
4) No matter how tempted you are, resist the urge to cheat. It could end up with you getting marched out of the hall and automatically failing your exam. Extreme humiliation!
5) Take your lucky mascot, wear your lucky socksÖ anything that makes you feel better about the day - as long as itís not something alive or a statue of your pet dalmation!
Donít stay up all night cramming, or youíll be dozing through the paper. Get some snooze!
1) Donít Panic! When you turn the paper over, take at least five minutes to read through it and work out how many parts there are to the paper. The last thing you want is to get through one section, turn the page and discover a whole new bit!
2) Read each question carefully before you start answering it and zooming off in the wrong direction. Use the space at the side to plan your answer, so you wonít worry about losing the plot halfway through.
3) Judge how long you need to spend on each question by the marks it carries. If itís worth 10 marks, your answer has to be pretty detailed, but if itís only worth one or two youíll just need a few lines.
4) Panicking will only prevent you from finding the answer in your head, so as soon as you feel yourself beginning to panic, take a break. Sit back and try to think about something completely different to it. If you really canít get your mind back onto the question, look for another one which you know you can answer easily, then return to the tricky one.
5) Donít be afraid to tell the exam monitors if someone or something is bugging you. If an open windowís blowing a draught on you, or someone wonít stop tapping their pencil on the desk, it can totally break your concentration, but the person in charge can put you out of your misery discreetly.
6) If you have time left when youíve finished the paper, check all your answers and make sure that you have read the question properly and answered all of them!
Try to put an answer for every question - part marks are better than none at all! Especially anser all multiple choice/ true-false questions - at least you have a chance of getting them right.
Some people like to do a post-mortem, while others prefer not to talk about what they put for 5B in Section 3! DO whatever makes you feel relaxed. But donít worry about how youíve done, thereís nothing more you can do once the paper is collected. Phew! Now itís over, get out and have some fun!! Pig out with friends (donít worry about fats, girls! : ) Treating yourself once in while wonít hurt.. Itís also fun! ) .
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