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  • Forming a study group can be motivating and will assist you in making a commitment to your exam preparation.
  • Start studying long before the time. Don’t try to cram in everything just before your exam.
  • An effective way to study is to prepare mind maps, take effective notes, prepare diagrams during the course of the year and use them to remind you of the work you have already learnt.
  • Make sure that you have adequate sleep the night before an examination.
  • On the morning before the exam eat a healthy breakfast and drink water.


  • Have I set goals for these exams?
  • Do I know exactly which work I need to study?
  • Is all my work up to date?
  • Have I made a study timetable?
  • Have I planned how much work I aim to cover in each study session?
  • Have I allowed time for breaks in each study session?
  • Have I allowed enough time to cover the work I need to know?
  • Am I summarising and making notes while I study?
  • Am I keeping to my plan?
  • Have I obtained past exam papers and revision questions to work through?
  • Am I getting sufficient sleep?
  • Am I eating well?
  • Am I exercising every day?
  • Do I know the date, time and length of my exam


  • Remember to read through all the instructions carefully during the exam.
  • Read each question carefully and draw a quick mind map or write down key words on the response to the question.
  • Choose the problem or question that seems easiest to you and do it first.
  • Remain calm and if you are stressed put down your pen, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and consciously relax any muscles that you may be clenching.
  • One of the most important factors in writing exams is interpreting the question and deciding what it is that you must actually do.
  • The more you practise with revision questions the easier it will become.

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