Dec 10, 2015

Top Tips

Top Tips for the Christmas Exams

Top Tips For The Christmas Exams

1. Have a positive attitude! It might be tough but you can do it! A 
positive attitude goes a long way toward success.

2. Make a plan. Make a list of the most important topics to be 
covered and use that as a guide when you study. Ask teachers 
questions about what the test is going to cover. Plan extra time 
to study the most challenging topics.

3. Take notes, make flash cards or use diagrams. These 
techniques can help you when studying.

4. Be organised .Before the test begins make sure you have 
everything you need – extra paper, pens, pencils ,calculator ( if 

5. Take the time to read the entire exam paper. Teachers who 
set the exam papers allow adequate time for students to read and 
select questions, as well as planning and writing answers. Calm 
nerves by answering the easy questions first.

6. Analyse each question. Never assume you understand the 
question. Know the exact meaning of verbs such as discuss, 
describe, compare, demonstrate, examine, explain, justify, state, 
trace, etc. and know how they apply to the exam subject. If you 
get stuck on a question don’t get worried or frustrated. Re-read 
the question to make sure you understand it and then try to solve 
it the best way you know how. If you are still stuck, circle it and 
move on. You can come back to it later.

7. The use of rough work pages varies from one subject to 
another. If appropriate, make a diagram of key points to cover in 
your answer. Ask your teachers for advice on what subjects 
benefit from rough work (and how best to tackle that rough 
work) during an exam.

8. If answering an essay-style question refer back to the key 
term(s) of the question from time to time. Develop one point in 
each paragraph and aim for the theme of the essay to flow 
smoothly throughout.

9. Manage your time. Use your time wisely in exams and plan 
how much time you should allocate to each question. Don’t 
over-do your response to a question worth 20 marks at the 
expense of a question worth 50 marks.

10. I’m Done! When you complete the last item on the 
exam, remember you are not done yet. Allow time at the end 
of the exam to review your answers. Key ideas often pop up 
when re-reading your exam paper. Spend the last remaining 
minutes going over the paper before you hand it in.

11. Take care with important details such as handwriting, 
grammar, spelling, etc. Use the same numbering system 
(letters or digits and subsections) as used on the exam paper.
Follow these tips and you’ll know that you did your best. 
Good Luck!

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