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Exam Advice

A leisurely breakfast and a walk to school is a good start on any exam morning. Do not rush but do not be late. Avoid friends, they can be off-putting and may confuse your thoughts. Do not cram new information in the night before an exam.


Start Early: You can create a revision timetable by following this link to the Get Revising website.

On the day

Relax, if you can, by lightly reading over your notes for the next day. Do not worry if you can't, most of us can't either, so you are no different - but stick to the no-cramming rule.

A little anxiety is generally to be expected and will help keep you on your toes.

Know the rules on phones and do not take one into the exam room. You could be disqualified.

Do have a glucose sweet to help energy get to your brain. Take six deep breaths to relax and ignore those around you in those agonising moments before the exam starts.

Do read through the questions in that time, jotting down formulae and points to remember on the question paper. Time is allowed for this.

Choose your questions, starting with the ones you know you can do, to build confidence.

Do not spend too long on any one question and try to do the number required. Use the number of marks for each question as a guide and make sure you do the compulsory questions, if there are any.

Be familiar with what you have to do by checking the instructions on the front of the exam paper.

Insufficient time with only 10 minutes left for a 30 minute question at the end of the exam needs a special approach. Do the question in outline only and let the examiner know. State the main points, facts and arguments, if an essay - and by jotting down formulae and how you would use them to reach a solution, if science or maths. More marks can be gained that way with limited time available.

And do not worry now if your handwriting is not so good. It may be untidy, but if your teacher can read it, then so can the examiner. But if no one can read it, it cannot be marked. So be careful.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10100363