Welcome to Weekender! For many people this time of the year gets a bit stressful, as in some parts of the world, the end of the academic term is near. For those who want some kind of qualification or certificate to prove how good their English is, this means exams.
This programme is about revision and how to prepare for exams. Even if you don't have to do any kind of test, it's important to look back over everything you have learnt regularly, as if you were preparing for an exam, so that it stays in your memory.
English teaching experts will offer their advice on how to maximise your chances of success.
You can download a script and mp3 version of the programme at the bottom of the page.
Top tips for revision
- Make a sensible revision plan.
- Include regular breaks so you don't lose concentration.
- Mix up your strong and weak subjects on your timetable - don't do all the difficult topics at once.
- Write a list of targets that you know you can reach and tick them off as you accomplish them.
Learning and remembering
- Use small pieces of card to write words or phrases on one side, and their translation on the other.
- Make your own revision notes. You'll learn as you write and, once you've got them, you're halfway there.
- Speak to yourself out load in English whenever you can.
Know what to expect
- Check the syllabus or ask a teacher to make sure you've got the key areas covered.
- If you can, look at past exam papers and see how questions could be asked.
- Think about what exam questions you would ask if you were the teacher.
- Relax! Get a good sleep the night before the exam.
- Keep things in perspective, remember exams aren't the most important thing in the world!
Programme script (pdf - 21k)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.7mb)
Listen to diaries of UK students preparing for exams
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