Exam essentials: What I wish I'd known before my exams

Exam survival tips

There’s no one better to tell you how to prepare for exams than people who have just taken them! So, we asked some students to share what they wish they’d known before their exams, to give you the best chance of succeeding in yours.

Sit back and soak up the wisdom!

Students across the UK give their top tips for surviving exams

Top tips for revision

  • Put your learning into practice by answering lots of exam questions and using past papers

  • Revise in short chunks

  • Tackle your hardest subjects first

  • Write short simple notes. Writing in bullet points or on index cards can help

  • Teach someone else what you have just revised. It will help it stick in your head

  • Put your mobile away when revising

  • Keep hydrated! Both when revising and in an exam

  • Don't procrastinate, just revise!

  • Get started as early as possible

Top tips for exams

  • Read the questions carefully before you start

  • Make sure you answer the question being asked

  • If you don't know the answer to a question don't waste time on it

  • Answer the questions you know first and go back to the difficult ones at the end if you have time

  • Trust in all the hard work you have put in until this point

  • Be confident, think positive and go for it. You've got this!

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