The purpose of Year 7 Summer examinations are:
You willreceive a timetable of the examinations for your form from your form tutor. Check which room they will be in as it might not be your usual form room.
You can ask your teachers in each subject for certain information about your examinations e.g. which topics will be covered or if this any special equipment you will need for that subject. They will not be able to tell you what the questions will be, however!
Make sure you bring a clear pencil case or plastic bag for essential stationery (pens, pencils, rubber, ruler etc) to all your examinations.
Check that you have copied up notes from any lessons you may have missed due to illness, or music lessons, before you start to revise.
The perfect study environment should be…
It should contain…
It should not contain…
It is important that you are comfortable when you are revising and that you are able to concentrate.
You can learn by association; thinking about the place in which you revise can help you to recall information in an examination.
It might be difficult for you to revise on your own in your bedroom all the time. You could try the school library, or with a friend (but if you find revising with a friend distracting, avoid it!) You could try the school library, or with a friend either in person or online via Teams.
Listening to music while revising does help some people, but most tend to find it off-putting. Some people do find some quiet background noise more helpful than silence.
You might like to give classical music a try; it’s supposed to improve your ability to concentrate!
Make your own revision timetable or a tick list of topics for each subject.
It is important to spend some time deciding what to revise when, so that you are fully prepared for every subject.
Use a diary or wall chart to organise the time you have available for revision.
Try to vary the subjects you are revising.
Try tackling the subject you least like / find most difficult first and working towards a preferred one, rather than leaving difficult topics to the end of the day.
Do not plan to revise too late into the evening – your revision will be much less effective if you are too tired.
Revision should be as active as possible. Rather than copying out notes from lessons, try rewriting them in another way or reducing them to key words / phrases on revision (or ‘cue’) cards.
Some people find using different coloured pens or highlighters help them to remember when revising.
Mind maps are more detailed and complex spider diagrams, which help your brain to make connections within a topic area. They can include pictures, colours and links or arrows.
You can invent your own mnemonic to help you remember key words in a topic, e.g. the order of points of a compass (Never Eat Shredded Wheat = North, East, South, West).
Looking back at previous work done in class or at home can be very useful. Can you see where you went wrong last time? What was it that earned you marks or praise from a teacher?
You can ask your teachers for advice on revision techniques in their subject area.
An excellent guide to revision made by older students – Exams Support Pack for Students.pdf
Breaks and variety are important when revising. If you revise for too long, your mind will start to drift. Try revising for 25 minutes, then taking a 5 minute break before continuing for another 25 minutes before a longer break. Find what works for you.
You can avoid a lot of problems by producing a realistic, well thought-out revision timetable. It should include space for free time hobbies such as watching TV or planned clubs and activities. You should vary your revision schedule and take sensible breaks when you need them.
Work steadily. Set yourself small targets each time you revise. Invent little tests for yourself to keep revision interesting and satisfying.
Be positive and be wary of what classmates are saying about their revision. Don’t let others panic you, when you are working to your own, carefully worked-out schedule.
The night before an exam…
On the day…
In the exam room…
The most important advice I have is for you to try your best: exams don’t always run to plan, and we can learn just as much from our mistakes as from our successes.
Listen to the advice of your subject teachers, form tutors, parents and carers – they’ve all been through exams and know what they’re talking about!
When you’re in the exam room, follow instructions from teachers and make sure you read the exam paper carefully.
Allow time to check your answers thoroughly at the end of the exam if you can.
Good luck everyone!