Need to revise for your upcoming exams but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared some hints and tips to support you doing the best you that you possibly can this year.
According to BBC Bitesize, here are five things to consider when studying:
- Make sure you know which topics you need to revise for each subject. Use your exam board specifications as a revision list
- Make your revision active. Don’t just read notes. You could make flash cards, mind maps or use post it notes
- Watching videos online can really help to bring your notes alive!
- Test yourself by completing past papers or asking a friend to test you! This will identify areas of strength and weakness
- Build in rewards for your revision, e.g. your favourite snack or using social media
Still feeling under pressure? Childline, a charity that supports anyone under 19, says:
- If you’re feeling stressed by exams, don’t bottle it up! You are not alone and feeling overwhelmed isn’t unusual - talk to someone whether it’s your teacher, family or friends.
- Ask for help if there are things you don’t understand
- Don’t leave it all to the last minute and don’t avoid subjects you don’t like or find difficult
- Don’t forget there’s a life beyond revision and exams
- Look after yourself! This is an important time for you so you need to remember to eat and sleep well. Try talking to your family or carers about how they can make studying a little easier for you, e.g. times you’d like not to be interrupted
- Give yourself a break – don’t revise all the time, spending time to relax is also important
- On the day - If you feel really anxious, breathe slowly and deeply while waiting for the exam to start
- After it’s all over – knowing that you’ve done the best may help you overcome feelings of letting anyone down
- Don’t go over the answers afterwards with your friends if it’s only going to make you more worried
- Try to put the last exam out of your mind and look ahead to the next one. You can’t go back and change things
- There’s life beyond exam results – not getting the grades you’d hoped for is disappointing but it’s not the end of the world (and a completely normal feeling). Talk to your teacher about what your next options are and how you can get there.
And don't forget the College is here to help! We wish all our students who have their maths and English exams coming up this term the best of luck! Our #MotivateME room is available all day, every day if you feel like you need that little bit of extra support. You can find the #MotivateME room in 2.017, which is open for the next month between 9am-4pm.