10 Top Tips for Exam Day

By Stephanie Paterson Monday, January 9, 2012

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If you are about to do your A-level maths or physics exams here are our top tips for the day of the exam.

  1. Make sure you know where your exam is, when it starts and which one you’re doing.
  2. Do you need a calculator, ID, pens, pencils, ruler or protractor? Get it all out and ready to take with you the day before. If you need a calculator check which ones you are allowed to take with you and make sure that yours isn’t on the naughty list.
  3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Don’t go to your exam with an empty, rumbling belly.
  4. Turn up in plenty of time but don’t get sucked in by panicking friends who are still trying to cram in those last few facts and formulas; they will ultimately confuse you and stress you out.
  5. Don’t forget to turn your phone off and it leave it in your bag or some other safe place.
  6. Read the paper, and each question, carefully. How many questions do you need to do? Don’t be the doughnut who rushes to complete all 10 questions when you only have to answer 2 of them! Also make sure that you answer the question you have been asked, not the question you think you have been asked. We recommend that you read the question at least twice before attempting to answer it.
  7. Take a deep breath and begin. Work calmly and methodically through the paper. Start with the questions you find easy, this will help to build up your confidence for the tougher questions.
  8. Check the marks for each question, a 5 mark question will need a more in-depth answer than a 2 mark question.
  9. If you start to run out of time go through the rest of the paper bullet pointing the key parts of what your answer would have been such as the formula you would have used.
  10. After the exam relax. You’ve done it now! Don’t start discussing the answers with people and dissecting the paper it will only make you doubt yourself.

If you have put the hard work in we are sure you will do well. Don’t fret about the results, what is done is done. If you have more exams coming up then have a break before getting back to revision.

Good luck!