The Night Before Your Exam
Getting enough rest at exam time is extremely important. The amount of rest the night before your exam is very important in how you perform on the day of the exam. Of course you should study the night before your exam but this study should be revision of topics and reading over important points. Ensure you finish your studying at least one hour before you go to bed. Relax for at least one hour, have a bath or watch television for example. Ensure you go to bed early and get a good night sleep at exam time.
Exam Time – Timing in your Exam
Managing your timing in an exam is very important. You need to decide how much time you are going to spend on each question. If the exam does not suggest how long to spend on each question you can calculate yourself how much time to spend on a question. Leave 20 minutes at the end of the exam to read over your answers and ensure you have done everything correctly.
But How do I decide how much time to send on a question?
If the exam paper does not suggest how much time to spend on the questions you can calculate this by seeing how many marks each question is worth and comparing this to the total time of the exam.
For example, if the exam is 3 hours long, this is 180 minutes.
The total marks for the paper are 360 marks.
Firstly allow 20 minutes for reading over at the end, this leaves 120 minutes to answer the questions. So if the exam is worth 360 marks then 3 marks is equivalent to 1 minute, therefore 1 minute of time is equal to 3 marks. So if a question is worth 60 marks you should spend 20 minutes on it. Importantly, if you reach the time limit, do not worry. Just leave the question and move on to the other questions. This will ensure you answer all the other questions that you need to. You can look at this problematic question in the final 20 minutes of the exam that you have allocated yourself.
Read Each Question Carefully
Exams are stressful situations, this can cause you to misread a question. Take a deep breath and try to relax. When attempting a question read the question very carefully. Decide what type of question it is. Read each question a couple of times, ensure you fully understand what is being asked of you before attempting the question.
Managing Exam Stress
Exams are by their nature stressful, but they need not be. Relax for at least one hour before you go to bed the night before your exam, allow yourself time to relax. Many of the mistakes made in exams are due to the fact that you are under pressure. Try to avoid talking with your friends about the exam topics, this will increase your stress levels. Do questions that you are confident of first, this will put you in a good mood for answering other questions in the exam. It will make you more confident and will help to relax you. And remember, you have done the study, you should be perfectly fine in the exam.
At the End of the Exam
Don’t leave an exam early. Leave yourself spare time (approximately 20 minutes) at the end of the exam to read over your answers. If you have time left over, read over your answers, ensure you have answered all questions you are meant to. Ensure the questions you have answered are answered correctly. But most important, do not leave early. Rexamine any questions you had difficulty with. You may suddenly realise the answer, if you leave early, and you suddenly remember the answer to a question, you will be angry with yourself.
Now Go Do Your Best!