Help ~ I have an exam and haven’t done any revision?

With the exams upon us, it is easy to think why bother to start revising?   Especially, if you admit that you have not paid much attention in the classroom during term.  I have this motto that says ‘never give in until you really have to’.  So we still have a little time to make a difference to your exams.  That last bit of effort before the exam can really pay off.  We always think there is loads of time but then realise yikes there is not! 

First, please don’t give up. Just that one little extra bit of information could mean one point (i.e. the difference between passing and failing).  Any effort you make at this stage surely has to be worth it.

Okay, first relax and start breathing normally.  We tend to stress too much and this will just make your mind anxious and overwork with the wrong information.

So here is what might help you. 

  •      Ask your teacher if they have a copy of the course syllabus if you don’t know what you have studied
  •      Speak to your friends to see if they have coursework you could just read through
  •      Look for revision notes on the internet
  •      Try to get previous past papers to get an idea of the type of questions you are likely to be asked
  •      Buy revision cards/books from stationery stores (take these with you, revise everywhere even on the bus).
  •      Write key points on yellow stickies .  Post them everywhere, fridge, bathroom, anywhere you will see it often.
  •       Use a dictaphone and transfer information to your iPod etc and learn on the go. 
  •       Ditch the songs for now, you can always listen to these later.
  •       Use a simple recall system of relating words to pictures so you will remember.  

When you have learnt a little, write it down.  By writing things down it reinforces in our memory.  Check your knowledge by writing things down without notes to see what you have remembered.

Use all available resources to gain knowledge and information on your subject.

Before the exam:

      Ensure you have enough sleep the night before

      Allow yourself extra time in the morning so you don’t feel rushed

      Have breakfast so you won’t feel hungry

      Drink water so you won’t feel sluggish

      Breathe deeply and slowly

Okay, let us put this into perspective, it is just one exam of perhaps many in your lifetime.  By trying your hardest, you do your best and that is all you can do.  If you fail, then you can just re-sit at some point.

It isn’t the end of your world ~ it is just an exam.  It does not in anyway represent your life as a whole.

Lots of luck, I will be thinking of you.

PS forgive me for my layout but I am learning something new as well ~ blogging layout.  I will get better with practice no doubt x


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