How do you revise? Are you the person that stresses before an exam? If so, then try this. It has never failed to settle a student before and during the exam in over 17 years of teaching.
1. Revise in whatever way you find best. You know what is best for you. Revise [for GCSE English] the glossary of terms shown earlier on this blog. Then practice using them in rough. Get used to using alliteration and simile. They bring your work to life.
2. As you revise, make a plan of action. Do not revise for longer than 4 weeks, whatever the subject. On week 1, you soak yourself in the subject. One week 2, you cut it down to compartmentalize it. On week 3 you start using neumonics [acronyms etc] to help you remember the elements of the subject. We use APPIL – I wonder who will be able to remember it when they see this. Then, on week 4, you get someone else to ask you questions based on past exam papers.
3. You need to stop revising 2 days prior to the day of the exam, even if you have several exams, so you have to be organized in advance. In other words, if your exam is on a Thursday, you stop revising that subject on the evening of the Tuesday. You then have the day BEFORE the exam off. Go to Alton Towers or something, to take your mind off the subject. Go the cinema and enjoy a film. You may be asking why – it is simple. Imagine dusting a room. When you have finished dusting, you can see dust in the air, flying about all over the place. This is what your learnt information is like on the day you stop revising. It needs a day to settle. Then, by the day of the exam, you will be ready to let the information free. You will feel like you do before you are sick. Then, when you sit the exam, it will flow out of you. This is particularly effective if doing a subject like History, where dates and facts have to be remembered.
4. On the day off, before the exam, do nothing related to studies at all. Again, you need to plan your diary well for this to happen. Where there are 2 exams one day after another, you cannot do this, but be sensible with the revision. All will be well.
5. Assuming you have done all of this to the best of your ability, there is one thing more I have to say – go into that exam being confident in your own abilities. Teachers and family will say “good luck” for the exam. My sentiments are that I never say that. Instead, I add that “luck is for the ill prepared” which means that if you have not prepared for this exam, then you will need all the luck in the world.
6. Enjoy the examination. Am I a nutter I hear you asking? No I am not, but there is a section in the AQA 4700 English exam that asks you to be creative, so this is your chance to SHOW OFF your skills in writing. Do not be boring. Do not be dull. Do not do what the rest of the Lemmings do. Swim against the flow expected of you and as you do so, enjoy the experience. Yes, it is a test, but that does not mean to say you cannot have some fun in the process.
I hope this helps.