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Exam Preparation

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Exam Prep

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3 Months before...

Tools and advice

Create a revision timetable

A revision timetable will help you ensure that you cover all the topics you need to revise and break it down to smaller, manageable chunks.

Prioritise the that you need to spend more time on but remember not to neglect the subjects which you are already confident with.

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Get Revising:

Builds revision sessions around your life

Automatically adds revision sessions for you 

Prioritises subjects you find difficult​

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My Study Life:

Have your planner available on phone or tablet

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Microsoft Excel:

You can use make a planner on Microsoft excel. Click the icon for some examples.

Find a space you can work

Set up an area without distractions (TV, Games console, loud noise). Have all the books, notes and stationary you might need close at hand.

If you don't have a suitable space at home, consider other places such as the library or a quiet cafe with WIFI.

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Organise your notes

Consider creating revision materials such as Flash Cards.

You can get creative and record yourself reading you notes listen to them whilst you are doing the washing up or taking the dog for a walk.

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Create mind maps, flash cards and other tools to revise. This can be used on a PC and then also on a device such as a smart phone or tablet.

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 2 Weeks before...

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Help a friend

Talking through what you have learned with a friend can help you clarify a subject in your mind and help you remember.

If you don't have someone free to work with you then you could try the Feynman technique.


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Voice recorder:

Record yourself explaining a topic and listen back when you are on the bus or walking the dog.

Most smart phones have a voice recorder or you could use an app like Evernote. Alternatively you could use a dictaphone if you have one available.

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Refresh on what you have already revised

Once you have moved on from revising a topic, remember to go back and refresh on what you know. Have concise and organised notes will help with this. Create flash cards as a way of prompting your memory.

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Flash card tips

Be visual - pictures, colour coding, highlighting key text and creating diagrams may make the information on a flashcard more memorable.

Use both sides - write an idea, concept, term on one side in large letters and explain/elaborate on the other. You can test yourself or better still get a friend and test each other.

Take them everywhere - to make your flashcards manageable on the move, punch a hole in the corner of each and attach them to a key ring. That way they can be kept in order and you can easily take them where ever you want with misplacing any.

Make your own - making your own revision cards will not only personalise them to you but creating them may also help you remember and understand the information. If however you want some examples of how others have created revision cards then take a look at Quizlet where you can make digital flash cards and look at what other students have done.


Practice past paper

Most awarding bodies will have past papers and mark schemes available online. Ask your teacher if you are unsure about the awarding body for your qualification.

Start by just answering the questions so you can be familiar with the way they are worded and what might be asked. As you complete more papers and your confidence increases try to replicate exam conditions - that means working within the time limit and not looking at your notes.

Ask your teacher to explain anything you are still unclear about

This would be a good time to identify any gaps in your knowledge and pick your teachers brain about it. Use the previous tips to consolidate this new information.

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1 day before...

Tools and advice

Stay calm...



Know when to stop

Your anxiety may get the better of you and tempt you to stay up and cram. This may do more harm then good as studies show you are less  likely to remember this information. You will also be tired and unfocused in the exam if you don't get enough rest.

Article: Why cramming for tests often fails


Get what you will need ready and organised


Bag, water bottle, stationary and ID card

Pack your bag the night before. This will mean that you have one less to thing to think about in the morning.

include stationary and equipment need for the exam, a clear plastic water bottle and you student ID card.

Get as much organised for the morning as you can. Do you need change for the bus? Have you remembered to pack your glasses? Will you need to check the train times to come in earlier than usual?

Set an alarm...and have a back up


The last thing you want is to be late or worse sleep through your exam. Go to bed at a good time so you get enough rest the night before. Set an alarm and have a backup if possible - even if its just asking a family member to check that you have woken up. That way if you know that you usually sleep through the alarm someone will make sure you have left home in time.


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