Saturday, 16 February 2019

How to handle exam times

How to handle exam times

Exams are quickly approaching; make sure you are prepared for your exams and start revision early to avoid disappointment on results day.
Exams are a stressful time of year, and, even if they are extremely important, it is crucial that students stay calm and avoid being nervous before entering the examination. Revision is key to help anyone pass an exam, therefore you should revise the subject thoroughly before the big day, making sure that you understand everything and remember important facts that may be needed in the exam. As for the day before, make sure you get enough sleep so that you are feeling ready and motivated and not tired on the day of the exam. It is also a good idea to eat protein for your exam and avoid food such as carbohydrates as these will make you feel tired and out of energy.

In the last 24hours of your exam, it is a good idea to go over some last few notes and facts that are key to your subject. For some people, doing exercise before an exam is a good idea to get your body pumped and awake for the exam. If you do decide to exercise then make sure you do it a good few hours before the exam, allowing you enough time for any last minute revision – and a shower!

Here are some revision tips for anyone who has exams next term;

  • Avoid loud and distracting places; visit the library where you know people will be respectful of the quiet place.
  • Make sure your desk/table is well lit to keep you awake and aware and to not damage your eyes when reading and writing.
  • Have everything ready for revision so you can crack on; make sure you have all the right books and stationery.
  • Have a revision plan for each week and make sure you stick to it, giving yourself regular breaks to keep you feeling fresh and motivated.
  • Divide your time for different subjects, for example, on one day do one hour for maths and one for Science to make sure you revise for each subject evenly.
  • Find the best way for you to revise, whether it is creating mind maps, writing notes, making posters or flash cards.
  • Do not stay up all not revising as it will only make you tired and your brain will stop taking in information.

Tips for Teachers

With exams coming up it is important that students are motivated and prepared for them. As a teacher, their job is to make their students feel ready and confident for each exam. If you are a teacher, here are some tips on how to motivate your students and to get them ready for the exam period;

  • Pay attention to the weaknesses and strengths of each student. Make sure you praise the student’s strengths and help to strengthen their weaknesses. 
  • Have the tables laid out in a way that you can see everyone in the class to encourage interaction.
  • Make the class that you are teaching exciting and be enthusiastic about the lesson to keep the students intrigued and involved.
  • Use different teaching techniques to keep the pupils interested; discussion, lecture, computer lesson, group work, experiments, and demonstrations.
  • Use past papers in your lessons to get the students familiar with the layout and the style of each exam.
  • Encourage students to share their ideas and suggestions with the rest of the class to get a discussion started.
  • Give constructive feedback on your pupil's work to help them improve.

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