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Revising isn’t something that should be challenging or difficult at all.
What revising is, unfortunately, is time consuming. It takes a while. That’s why you might like to start early
(nothing to do on a Sunday?)…
Four strands to getting the best possible outcome:
WHERE to work
Giving yourself a space that is only for work is an important psychological first step in getting you to learn.
WHEN to work
Time based revision allows you to know that you’ve finished; feel good about having achieved something; and keep a track on what you are doing.
WHAT to revise
Successful revision starts with a clear idea of what you want to actually achieve.
HOW to revise
This is the important part: what actually works best in the least amount of time?
These strategies have been shown, in studies, to be the most successful ways of revising.
HOW to help
As a parent, what can be done to actually help, especially if they are revising something I don’t understand?!
Good luck to all our pupils sitting them this year, Pob Lwc!
Regulations – Make sure you understand the rules
1. Be on time for all your exams. If you are late, your work might not be accepted
2. Do not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice during the exam.
3. If you try to cheat, or break the rules in any way, you could be disqualified from all your subjects.
4. You must not take into the exam room
5. Do not use correcting pens, fluid or tape, erasable pens, highlighters or gel pens in your answers.
6. Do not talk to or try to communicate with, or disturb other candidates once the exam has started.
7. You must not write inappropriate, obscene or offensive material.
8. You are not permitted to leave the exam room
before the published finish time of the exam.
9. Do not borrow anything from another candidate during the exam.
Potential technological/web enabled sources of information such as an iPod, an iWatch, a mobile phone, an MP3/4 player or a wrist watch which has a data storage device
Any pencil cases taken into the exam room must be see-
Remember: possession of unauthorised material is breaking the rules, even if you do not intend to use it, and you will be subject to penalty and possible disqualification.
Information – Make sure you attend your exams and bring what you need
1. All morning exams begin at 9:00 a.m. Afternoon exams begin at 1:00 p.m. Do not go
to registration or assembly if you have an exam, you should go straight to the exam room making sure that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the exam.
2. If an afternoon exam is longer than 2½ hours you will have to make your own arrangements
for transport home if you normally travel on a
3. If you arrive late for an exam, report to reception. If you arrive more than one hour after the published starting time for the exam, you may not be allowed to take it.
4. Only take into the exam room the pens, pencils, erasers and any other equipment which you need for the exam.
5. You must write in black ink. Coloured pencils or inks may only be used for diagrams, maps, charts, etc. unless the instructions printed on the front of the question paper state
1. If you use a calculator:
Instructions during the exam
1. Always listen to the invigilator. Follow their instructions at all times.
2. Tell the invigilator at once if:
3. Read carefully and follow the instructions printed on the question paper and/or on the
4. Fill in all the details required on the front of the question paper and/or the answer booklet
before you start the exam.
Make sure you fill these details in on any additional answer sheets that you use.
5. Remember to write your answers within the designated sections of the answer booklet.
6. Do your rough work on the proper exam stationery. Cross it through and hand it in with your answers.
Make sure you add your candidate details to any additional answer sheets that you use.
Advice and assistance
1. If on the day of the exam you feel that your work may be affected by ill health or any other reason, tell the invigilator.
2. Put up your hand during the exam if:
3. You must not ask for, and will not be given, any
explanation of the questions.
At the end of the exam
1. If you have used more than one answer booklet and/or any loose sheets of paper, place them in the correct order. Make sure you add your candidate details to any additional answer sheets that you use.
2. Do not leave the exam room until told to do so
by the invigilator.
3. Do not take from the exam room any stationery. This includes the question paper, answer booklets used or unused, rough work or
any other materials provided for the exam.
Pupils are expected to have the correct equipment for their exams
Calculators may be required in Science exams
Calculators, protractors and compasses WILL be required in maths exams
Exam pencil cases filled with all necessary equipment (excluding calculators) are available from reception for £2
Testing yourself is an effective way to improve your knowledge and ability to recall information. Researchers found that students who did a practice test after a period of revision did better on the final exam than those students who didn’t do the mock exam and had just spent the whole time revising.
Instead of seeing an exam as a potentially threatening event or as some sort of judgement on their ability, it would be great if we could help students to see their mock exams as a handy way of improving their knowledge and memory.
Also, if students have a particularly bad mock exam, better to have the shock in the mock, than the final exam. It can act as a call to action that perhaps they need to do more work, change revision strategies and develop skills needed to perform under pressure.
Practising under exam conditions
Pressure can do funny things to students. For some, it can lead to nerves, anxiety, frustration and sloppy mistakes, culminating in a poor performance. For others, pressure allows them to concentrate more, work harder and perform better. It takes time and practice to perform well under pressure. If the final summer exams are the first time students experience these conditions, it is lottery as to how they react.
Mock exams are a great opportunity for students to figure out and practise what works best for them. Techniques to manage exam nerves could include actively slowing down, channelling any nerves into helpful behaviour or listening to some relaxing music beforehand.
Identifying topics that need attention
Doing mocks early enough in the year gives you time before the real thing to target areas that need improvement. Mock exam results can identify how best to spend the coming months for students.
Once these areas are identified, it is then a case of putting in the hours. It is not enough to think about what you need to do better, it is the action and the doing that really makes a difference.
Being comfortable and confident enough to ask someone else for help, be it a teacher, parent or carer, is a big part of having a growth mindset. Mock exams can be used as a way of getting students to feel comfortable receiving feedback, which paves the way for further improvement and learning.
In summary Mock exams, if framed right, can be incredibly beneficial for students. Helping them to see that is part of the challenge. They can help students to start revising early, to practise effective revision strategies, to improve their knowledge, to familiarise themselves with pressure, and act as a guide moving forward.