Preparing for exams: Revision Toolkit

The exam season is almost upon us and we need to be prepared before going into battle. Below are some resources that you can use to help get you through this tough period.

1. Revision Timetable

Make one and stick to it. Click on the link below to download a free revision timetable that you can print off and fill in.

Revision Timetable.pdf

2. Examination Dates

Be aware of when your exams are so you can plan ahead with revision. Click on the link below to download a free examination dates table that you can print off and fill in.

Examination Dates.pdf

3. Exam tips

Before the exam


Have I/do I….

1. summarized my notes.

2. answered questions under exam conditions.

3. tried some past paper questions.

4. checked the time and place of my exams.

5. have the correct equipment for the exam, e.g.

  • 2 sharpened pencils
  • rubber
  • 3 black pens (not gel pens) – check that they work
  • ruler – 15 cm and 30 cm
  • calculator; for maths exams you might want to think about bringing a spare calculator too.
  • protractor
  • compass
  • clear pencil case

6.  understood the format of the exam papers: i.e. do you know:

  • how many marks there are in the paper
  • the time allowed
  • how much this paper contributes to your overall grade
  • where to write your name and other information required
  • what materials will be needed to complete the paper

7. know your candidate number and centre number.

On the day of the exam – before exam

  • Make sure you have everything.
  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early so you can find exactly where you need to be, and prepare yourself.
  • Some exam centres need you to bring some form of ID, make sure you do.
  • Breathe.
  • Take labels off water bottles.
  • Wear a watch to keep track of time.
  • Switch mobiles off.

During the exam

  • Make sure that you have been given the correct paper.
  • Then read instructions carefully and fill in any information that is required.
  • Answer the questions that you can first, then go back to the others. You don’t have to answer questions in order.
  • Be aware of the time, but focus on the questions rather than the clock.
  • Don’t leave questions out and if you have time at the end check over your answers.
  • Breathe, you’ve revised for this exam, the answers are in your head.
  • Make sure you understand what the question is asking before you attempt it.

After the exam

  • Smile.
  • Don’t fret about it, it’s over.
  • Have a rest and relax.
  • Focus on the next exam if you have one, if it was your last one, lucky you!

Good luck!



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