2Prelims start on Wednesday 7th January. SQA exams start on Tuesday 28th April.Do NOT panic! There is still a lot of time to study and get prepared for the exams.
3Exam WeekAfter weeks of studying and revising, it’s finally exam week. A successful exam week requires good organisation and time management. So make sure that you know exactly when your exams are and how long they last.Then make a study plan for the week to maximise your time and revision. Things to consider whilst making your plan areDon’t try to learn new topics – concentrate on reinforcing the knowledge you already have.Use revision prompts rather than detailed notes.DON’T study all night – you’ll end up being overtired and that won’t help your exam performance.Prioritise and focus on the key areas of information required.
4Exam WeekThe night before the exam, try to stay calm and feel confident that you are ready for the challenge ahead. Try to relax before bed and get a good night’s sleep so that you are refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
5Getting It Right On The Day So it’s exam day – think you’ve done all you can? Well, how you deal with exam day itself can make a big difference to the outcome.Be organised and turn up on timeFlapping won’t help you focus so make sure you know in advance exactly where and when your exam is taking place. Allow yourself plenty of time to get there, with a pen (plus a spare) and start as you mean to go on – calm and full of concentration.The big brain breakfastTempted to skip breakfast? Well, research shows that eating a health breakfast of whole grains, fruit and even limited amounts of coffee can help to improve short-term memory and concentration. Plus there’s nothing like a rumbling tum to distract you.
6Getting It Right On The Day The big brain breakfastTempted to skip breakfast? Well, research shows that eating a health breakfast of whole grains, fruit and even limited amounts of coffee can help to improve short-term memory and concentration. Plus there’s nothing like a rumbling tum to distract you.
7Getting It Right On The Day Read questions carefullyWhen the exam starts, take some deep breaths, read all questions through thoroughly - then re-read them again! One of the biggest mistake students can make is failing to read the question properly and misunderstanding what is being asked.
8Getting It Right On The Day Which question?You don’t always need to work through the questions in order – starting with the easiest will help boost your confidence. If you are stuck at any question, then don’t waste too much time stressing over it – put a star next to it and come back to it later. Fresh eyes can often work wonders.
9Getting It Right On The Day Take time over your answersAvoid a muddle of scored-out scribblings by taking time to plan your answer. Work out the key points and think about exactly what you need to include in your answer. It might help to make a list of the important points, ticking them off as you go along.
10Getting It Right On The Day Note the marksPay attention to the number of marks that each question is worth. Take this as a measure of importance and of how much work is needed in the answer. If time is running out, try to tackle the higher scoring questions first to maximise your overall score.
11Getting It Right On The Day Check your answersCheck over all questions for incomplete work and anything that has been missed. Try to also look at ways to improve your answers or find ways to add possible marks to them. A rule of thumb is to allow 20 minutes in a two hour exam.
12Getting It Right On The Day Comparing notesIt’s only natural to want to discuss questions and answers with friends but try to keep it in perspective - it’s not a competition and don’t panic if answers differ. Remember exams may be important at the time but they are only a small part of life.