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· Study old exam papers and questions
· Make an exam timetable
· Get your notes in order
· Practice questions against the clock
· Keep in contact with other students
· Make up your own questions
· Condense your notes into keywords
· Practice essay plans…read more
Top 5 Essential Strategies for
1. Organise your notes
Use the exam syllabus to check for missing work; organise your notes into topics. This will make
starting your revision much easier.
2. Make a timetable
This is essential for exam success. It gives you clear objectives. Ensure you do not plan too much for
each day, and don't forget about other commitments jobs, sports, clubs etc.
3. Summarise your notes
Simply reading through your notes is ineffective. Revision cards are easy to carry and don't allow
you to write everything only key points.
4. Learn your notes
Repeated revision and review are an absolute must. Each time you go over something it will
become easier. Keep the sessions short. Team up with a friend and test each other.
5. Test yourself
Using past questions and exams and sitting under timed conditions are really useful. Creating
answer plans, especially for longer questions, is a great way to get the facts clear in your mind.
· Remember it is a terrible feeling to sit in an exam for two ours watching everyone else
scribbling away, while you haven't got a clue where to start, or are even looking at the questions
without any idea what they mean. Do something about it, now!…read more
If you have a group of keywords to learn, take the first letter of each word and form
E.g The electromagnetic spectrum:
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Radio, Micro, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray, Gamma
· Be the Teacher
Select a subject, then select a `victim'(friends and family are good for this). Teach
your victim everything you know about the topic, then see if they can explain it back
to you. This is a great way of identifying what you need to revise most.
· Q and A cards
Make some cards or use post-it notes. Write the questions on one side and the
answers on the other. Lay out all the cards question side up, and test yourself. If you
get a question right, move it to one side. If not, turn it back over. Keep going until
you get them all. You could also try this the other way round, with the answer sides
Three stages of exam success...
· Past papers
· When and where is the exam?
· Avoid last minute revision
· Plan your time in the exam
· If there is a choice, what will you choose?
· Have the right equipment
· Read the paper carefully
· Plan your answers
· Think about the mark scheme
· Manage your time…read more
· Make sure you know where you need to sit in the
· When you revise, cover all topics, but spend more
time making sure you understand topics you are not
comfortable with. This is more useful than spending
hours on a topic you know really well.…read more