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Surviving Exams


Surviving Exams

Exam Time can be stressful and results can depend on your approach; your attitude, preparation and how you look after yourself before and during the exams. Here are a few ideas that might help:

Plan your time

  • Make sure that you start to revise early enough in the year
  • Make an action plan.

Divide your day into 3 sessions: morning, afternoon and evening and only work 2 out of the 3 sessions on your study days.

  • Plan in rest days
  • Work in short blocks no longer than 1 hour at a time.
  • Take planned short breaks.
  • Set realistic targets for yourself
  • Check your notes are complete.
  • Check your understanding by discussing work with friends.
  • Summarise your notes.


  • Get a good nights sleep the night before
  • Relax before an exam
  • Eat Well
  • Think positively
  • Cram the night before, you won’t remember it anyway
In the Exam
  • Give yourself time to read all the questions through first and then choose
  • Decide what order you will answer the questions in
  • Divide your time according to the marks allocated to the question and time yourself. Leave yourself enough time to read through your answer
  • Allow yourself enough time for each question.
  • Make use of all the exam time
  • Plan your answer before you start writing. This enables you to then concentrate on each answer without worrying about the next question
  • Check the question carefully to make sure that you have understood it correctly

After the exam, don’t be tempted to discuss it with others. This may only cause unnecessary anxiety. Remember that each person will approach an exam differently. Be positive but not over confident.

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