There are lots of things you can do to get ready for exams and it’s important to find what works for you. Some ideas of Dos and Don’ts are:
– Have your own revision timetable – start planning well before exams begin. Your teacher should be able to help.
– Make your books, notes and essays user-friendly. Use headings, highlighting and revision cards, and get tips on other revision techniques from teachers and friends with experience of exams. You could also consider buying revision guides.
– Take notes of the important points when revising. Try to answer the questions of past exam papers – explain answers to tricky questions to someone else.
– Everyone revises differently. Find out what routine suits you best – alone or with a friend or parent/carer; early morning or late at night; short, sharp bursts or longer sessions; with music or without noise.
– Ask for help from your teacher/learning mentor, parent/carer or a friend if there are things you don’t understand.
– Don’t leave revision to the last minute.
– Don’t avoid revising subjects you don’t like or find difficult.
– Don’t forget that there is life beyond revision and exams.
– Don’t cram ALL night before an exam – you’ll be really tired in the morning.