Tips to minimise exam stress
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- Revision tips
Develop a timetable to monitor your progress. Make sure you allocate adequate time for fun and relaxation as well.
While revising a subject, practise writing. This would be an actual simulation of the examination itself. Plan your revision and complete it in time. This will give you a sense of achievement and build your confidence.
While revising, vary subjects and their difficulty so you don't get bored or disheartened. Set realistic targets of what you can achieve in the time available.
Spend as much time on recall as on reading. Practise by writing answers as you would do in the exam. This will help you remember the important points when you answer each paper.
Practise writing answers under exam conditions. Take three hour tests, without a break in between, preferably at the same time as that of the exam. This will help your body clock adjust to the examination time and conditions.
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- Time out
To prevent mental fatigue, take a short break as soon as you notice your mind is losing concentration. Stick to activities that do not break your study continuum during these breaks. Avoid television and loud music. You will then be able to come back to your revision refreshed.
It is important to relax. Your mind and body perform at their best only if you get adequate rest.
- Maintain a regular sleep pattern
A regular seven hours of sleep is mandatory for the body to function well. Also, sleep at a regular time; don't alter your sleeping cycle.
It is not important whether you study late or get up early, as long as you get into the habit of being most alert at the same time as that of the exam.
Try and stop working an hour before bedtime. You will find it helpful to do some muscular relaxation, which is particularly effective in relieving stress.
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- What to eat
Food rich in vitamins and proteins, such as green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, are a must.
The nutrients will help your brain stay sharp. Avoid food with high fat content.
Don't drink too much coffee, tea or fizzy drinks. Caffeine will keep you up and reduce the clarity of your thinking.
- NO distractions
Keep all unimportant issues at bay.
Right now, the board examinations should be your only focus. Stay away from distractions that could cause loss of concentration or unwanted anxiety. Stick to activities that do not break your study continuum.
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- The power of positive thinkingSpend time with people who have a positive effect. It will rub off on you.
Avoid negative thoughts, such as 'Everyone else seems better organised, while I'm struggling.' Challenge such thoughts with positive thinking; for example, 'I have done well in exams before.'
- Practise relaxation techniques
Practise deep breathing, meditation and yoga as forms of relaxation. They help your body relax and reduce stress. Alternately, take a brisk walk in fresh air after your day's revision is over.
If you believe in God, pray before you start studying. Prayer will help you increase confidence reduce your stress as well.
And yes, lots of luck with those exams.
Revision tips: taking exams Revision is more than just reading through the notes you made in class - it also means knowing how to answer the questions for real when you're sitting in the exam. Using old exam questions to practise on will help make passing your exams easier. Preparing for the exam - why it's important
Revising works best when you practise what you'll be doing in the exam ¬and that means answering questions. By concentrating on key facts and writing them down as exam answers you'll be making it easier to remember what you learned in class. Knowing what you will be examined on
In the exam you'll be expected to answer questions on the subjects you studied in class, which means you'll need a full set of notes to revise from. If you missed some classes your notes may not be complete.
To make sure your notes are up-to-date, check your notes against the subject revision checklist given to you by your teacher. If the checklist shows you are missing notes on some subjects, ask your teacher which chapters of the subject text book you need to read and make notes on to fill in the gaps.
Get hold of past exam papersA month before you sit the exam your teacher will usually start handing out copies of old exam papers. These are ideal to use as practice for answering exam questions.
You don't have to wait until then. You can start practising earlier by reading through your subject text book which will usually contain a few example exam questions.
More practice exam questions, together with their answers (known as the mark scheme), can be downloaded from the exam board websites. The main English exam boards are:
- Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Use exam papers to organise your revision notes
Past exam papers are very useful when organising your revision notes. Arrange your notes in the same order as the topics appear in the exam paper. Once you've done this, try recalling the key facts needed for each topic. You'll find that organising your notes makes them easier to remember and improves your memory.
The easier it is to remember the facts, the more quickly you'll be able to write them down in the exam. Have a go - practise doing the exam
Passing exams with top marks means knowing what to write down, and what to leave out. You don't have to write down everything you remember and getting this right requires practice.
Before you start writing, read the number in brackets after each question. This tells you how many points each question is worth and gives you a clue to the length of the answer. For example, a three-point question means you'll have to write down three facts; a question with higher marks will always require more facts and a longer answer.
Some other clues found in exam questions are:
- the word 'define' means you have to explain each fact
- the word 'suggest' requires you to use your remembered knowledge to provide an idea