7 simple exam tips

In this article we outline 7 simple tips aimed at helping you to get the most out of your exams.

1. Keep calm 

In order to perform at your optimal level it is important that you try and stay calm during an exam. It is completely natural to feel some anxiety before and during an exam but this anxiety should not distract you from the task ahead. If you feel overly anxious take several long, slow and deep breaths and try to keep calm.

2. Check the exam instructions

You should always start an exam by reading the exam instructions. Be sure to check how many questions you need to answer. There is no point answering too few or too many questions or failing to follow other instructions stipulated in the exam instructions.

3. Plan out the exam

Once you have read the exam instructions, work out how long you have to answer each question. You can then use this information to plan the amount of time you spend on each answer. If allowed, in order to maximize your mark answer the questions you find easiest first.

4. Be disciplined

It can be tempting to spend all your time on the first question. Be disciplined and attempt to answer all questions required (unless the paper is being negatively marked). If you find that you are running out of time to answer questions try to score as many marks as possible.

5. Seek help (if required)

If you are having problems during an exam (excessive noise, insufficient paper etc.) seek help from an exam invigilator. There is no point jeopardizing your results because you did not ask for help.

6. Drink water

It is important to stay hydrated and drink water during an exam. This will help you to stay focused and alert. If permitted take a bottle of water with you and ensure that you take regular drinks throughout the exam.

7. After the exam

When the exam ends think about what you did well and try and learn from the bits that might have gone a bit better. Try not to be over critical and avoid spending too much time dwelling on the exam. If possible reward yourself with a fun activity and remember that trying your best is what really matters.

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