Some Tips to get well prepared nerve before BIG Exams
TWO MONTHS BEFORE YOUR EXAMS:
Now is the time to think seriously about your revision timetable:
check the most up-to- date syllabus for every subject
Find out about the exam (for example, are questions multiple choice or essay-based?)
Prepare a revision timetable.
SOME REVISION TIPS:
Try to schedule revision for your most productive times during the day. For example, if you feel fresh
and alert in the morning, make sure you do most of your studying early.
Prioritize exams that make up a large percentage of a subject’s grade
Take regular breaks to refresh your mind
Use a variety of study tools to revise – including books, audio guides and online video
Highlight important points in your study notes
Ask family and friends to quiz you on each subject
Sit past papers so you get a feel for the questions and timings
Make time for relaxation with family and friends.
A MONTH BEFORE YOUR EXAMS:
If you’re a school student, your exams co-ordinator should provide you with a Statement of
Your Statement of Entry will tell you exactly when your exams are being held so you can make
appropriate travel arrangements. You must remember to bring this form with you on exam day.
For more information on what to bring and to view your exam timetables, see advice we have
written especially for your exam day.
In the meantime, continue with your own revision timetable – but remember to schedule breaks
so you don’t get too tired.
EXAM QUICK TIPS – ON THE DAY
So, you have revised and prepared for the big day. Don’t worry if you feel a little nervous – that’s only
natural. Follow a few more simple tips to stay relaxed and get the best possible exam results.
Try to: stay calm and take deep, even breaths
read the exam paper completely before you start
plan your time
move on to the next question if you get stuck
read the questions carefully and make sure you answer each one properly
sip fresh water throughout the exam
check each answer, particularly if you finish early.
For essay questions, remember to structure your answers with a beginning, middle and end. The
beginning introduces the essay, the middle explores the topic in more detail and should make
up around 75 per cent of the overall word count, and the end concludes or summarises your
Create a Revision Timetable
If you feel like you don’t get a lot done in a study session, using a revision timetable will help you
prioritize your tasks and accomplish one thing at a time. Using this tool can add structure to
your revision and identify weaknesses or areas which you need to focus but try to avoid.
Developing your personal study plan can help you organie what you need to study and boost
your motivation to revise for exams.
Practice Past Exam Papers
The ultimate learning strategy high-achievers use to prepare for their A-levels is by practicing as
many past exam papers as possible. This will give you the opportunity to test our exam-like
conditions to ensure that you are fully ready to sit the exam.
Practicing past papers will help you become familiar with:
Get started answering exam questions by creating quizzes with ExamTime on past paper
Collaborate with Classmates
Feeling overwhelmed with your A-level coursework? Remember, other students in your class
are feeling the same so why not divide the work up between some of your trustworthy
classmates to lessen the exam stress. Not only will this reduce the workload you have, it will also
open your eyes to a different perspective on a topic that other students may have picked up on.
Interacting with other students both in person and online also contributes to
your communication skills. This is a valuable asset that you will benefit from throughout your
life so never underestimate how essential effective communication can be.
There’s a reason why PE is integrated into students curriculum. If you’re feeling stressed at the
thought of your upcoming exams, staying fit and exercising will help you balance the tension in
We all go through periods when you are staring at your study notes but feel as if no new
information is entering your head, that’s when you know it’s time for a study break! Taking
regular breaks and exercising is proven to boost brain activity, engage your mind in learning
and improve your exam performance over the long-run.
Figure Out Your Learning Style
Everything can be in place working as it should be if you don’t figure out what works best for
YOU and how you learn, you’re fighting a losing battle. Everyone wants to discover the ultimate
study advice that just works but truth is that each person is different.
Once you understand if you’re a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner then
understanding and recalling information will become much easier for you.
Test Your Knowledge
Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or
documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different
colours for your study notes.
This is different to the other revision tips mentioned here as it encourages you to try a few
different things to see what fits for you. Your brain will recall where you were or how you
revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!
Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas
If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to
improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by
connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker. There are much more
benefits to using Mind Maps for learning including being able to map out your curriculum,
develop concepts in-depth and create sample exam answers.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Mind maps can be an effective study tool, take a
look at our Mind Maps page which is packed full of reasons to use this study aid and how you
can apply them to your revision.
Adapt for Different Subjects
It may seem obvious but many students try to study for different subjects using the same study
methods. Your revision should take account of the difference between your subjects and the
challenges they represent.
For example, Flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a language exam where
you need to remember key terms. Also, an Online Quiz is a great way to test your Maths skills
with sample questions.