Chapter 3 – How to prepare

We’ve written a general page on Exam Preparation to help you out. Check it out for evidence-based tips on maximizing academic performance.Here are some specific tips as you tackle your first set of serious exams:

1. Start early

Starting early means you are less likely to get stressed and overworked down the road. It gives you time to cover everything while being able to relax and balance hobbies and commitments. Additionally, evidence shows that repeated exposure is the most effective way to memorise something… cramming doesn’t work! Youll need to learn in advance so that you have time to revisit it.

2. Create a clear plan

You’re revising for a lot of subjects all at once. That can feel overwhelming, unless you have a good plan in place which spreads your time across all of them.

3. Do lots of practice papers

There are plenty of practice papers available for every subject. Testing yourself is actually one of the most effective way of learning, and it lets you practice exam technique and identify weak spots for revision. Therefore, practice papers should be something you’re doing throughout the revision period, not just at the end.

4. Target your revision

When there are so many subjects to revise for at once, it’s really important not lose concentration. You should focus on your weakest subjects. Within each subject, you should focus on the weakest and strongest topics, in order to boost your grade average.