1. Ask the teacher
Do not be scared of the term ‘teachers’ pet’. They are available to be consulted. Seek for help whenever you need it. They will always be there to assist. They have helped many students and they will help you too.
2. Understand the marking scheme
It is quite important to understand how the marks are allocated. Take for instance a question you are doubtful about attracts only 2 marks and it comes before the one you are quite certain about which attracts 5 marks. Proceed to do what you are comfortable answering and refer to the ‘tough’ questions later. This will save you time and give you confidence enough to tackle challenging ones.
3. Plan your revision
It is better to revise over time habitually than to cram overnight. Make revision a habit: treat it like a job and ensure you revise between certain set times of the day whether you feel like it or not. No-one ever feels like revising, but if you get into a routine where you always begin and end at the same time, exams will not catch you by surprise!
4. Use memory aids
It can be quite hard to remember all the things you need to know in an exam, so use memory aids if you need to. No, I don’t mean write the answers on your arm! Mnemonics (a technique of improving memory) can help. Take for instance the colours of the spectrum, you were probably taught to use a memory aid such as “Richard of York gave battle in vain” [red orange yellow green blue indigo violet].
5. Answer the question
It’s possible to do your revision so well that you think you know your subject inside out, back to front, and every which way. That’s brilliant! But just remember, in the heat of the exam, you still need to be certain you answer every question properly. So take time to read and understand the questions on the exam paper.