It is always the same when exams time approaches: nerves are inevitable; you want to pass and get the best mark.
Passing your exams depends on how you study, so even if you are taking your final GCSE or A-levels exam papers, look over the following tips given by two successful UTC Oxfordshire former students.
Yassmine Girgis, who has secured an apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover, points out some tips that helped her during her exam time:
- Get organised! Organise your notes into concise sheets on each topic in a folder, including dividers and contents pages if necessary.
- Get stuck into past papers! Do as many past papers as you can. It is also good to repeat these if you run out. For example, try doing a paper with your notes, working on understanding the questions. Then, try to do the same paper again, maybe a week or two later, without using notes and time it. If you want to go further, don’t work alongside the mark scheme and make sure you look at this after you have completed all you can.
- Don’t be in denial. Start revising earlier than you think you need to. If you leave it, you might end up delaying until it is too late. Make sure you eliminate all distractions, one hour of solid work would be more beneficial than three hours of distracted work!
According to Francesca Top, former JLR apprentice and current student at University of Southampton, her top tips to succeed are:
- Create a check-list. Prepare a list for each subject by laying out what needs to be done in a table. There are many ways to do this, but you can split your subject into the main subject areas displayed in columns, and then each row can include a different task, such as notes, a mind-map, flash cards and mock exam papers. Then tick them off the table once you have completed the tasks.
- Take regular breaks. As you have already noticed, your concentration falls as time goes by. That’s why it is very important to have enough breaks when studying to keep you mind active. For example, you can revise for 50 minutes and have a ten minutes break. Then go back to work for another 50 minutes and repeat as necessary. Timing differs for each student, of course!
- Let exercise de-stress you. A sound mind is in a sound body, so make sure you schedule in some sport during the day. This allows your mind to take a break from revision, as well as helping you to work out the stress!
At UTC Oxfordshire, we wish you the best luck when preparing and taking your exams. All our teaching staff are available to help you if necessary!