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YIS MIDDLE SCHOOL Exam Preparation and Study Guide Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. ~ Abbé Dimnet You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~ Ray LeBlond

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It is easy to become overwhelmed by the idea of studying for many subjects. Remember to stay focused on studying. These tips will help you to prepare.

Every week: - Ensure you have all workbooks/folders and handouts organised. Handouts are to be pasted into books or kept together, in order. - Ask your teacher for any handouts you’ve lost or missed. - Catch up on any missed work. - Active Revision - this means to read over the work you have completed that week to make sure you understand everything. If you don’t understand something, see your teacher. This organisation and revision should be scheduled into your home study timetable. Some subjects will not need much time dedicated to this, but other subjects should have time dedicated to revision every week, as well as normal homework. 1

Leading up to the exam

- Plan your study time; this is different to homework time. Do not cram; be realistic about what you can do. - Organise a productive study environment. This means sitting in a quiet room, having a chair and desk and making sure the study area is well lit. This should be free from distractions like TV, mobiles, computers etc. - Take breaks every 30 minutes. During your break, walk around and have something light to eat and drink plenty of water – hydrate that brain.

Study strategies: You can select the strategies that work best for you. You should adopt several of these strategies. 1. Write out summaries of work. 2. Write out vocabulary lists with definitions. 3. Make up songs, poems or acronyms to help you learn or remember information. 4. Do practice or previous exams.

5. Test yourself or have friends/family test you. This can be done orally and/or on paper. 6. Re-read class work, relevant summaries, definitions, examples etc. 7. Make a list of two people in each class you will go to when you need help. 8. Particularly in Science and Maths, create a list of the concepts you have covered this year. Use a table like the one below to help you ensure you revise and practice everything needed.


Concepts to cover



Need to revise again


Take care of yourself. Rest, eat properly and exercise. Your mind cannot be fit and alert if you are over tired or really stressed. This also means avoid TV or computer screens before going to bed.

The night before the exam

- Study but don’t stay up too late. You need a good 9 hours sleep. - Make sure you have all equipment packed and clothes ready to put on in the morning. Rushing around in the morning will needlessly stress you. - Set your alarm clock.

Exam Day Morning of the Exam: - Get up on time; leave yourself plenty of time to get ready. - Have a healthy breakfast. This will help to keep you alert and productive during the day. - Make sure you bring to school all the equipment you might need for the exam. - Don’t try to learn new information, just read over some notes. - Make sure you get to school on time. e/2007/11/02/s4-preliminaryexaminations-15th-30thnovember-2007/

- Drink water to keep you hydrated and alert.

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Exam Day - Have a watch, or keep an eye on the time (clock or teacher may write up time on whiteboard). - Read the instructions on the paper and follow those instructions closely. - Look through the paper, looking at how much questions are worth. - Read questions properly so that you answer them properly. - Don’t spend too much time on questions only worth a few marks. Spend more time on questions worth more. - Ensure you add detail where appropriate. - If you finish and still have time, re-read answers to make sure they actually say what you want them to say. Part of this is re-reading questions to make sure you understood them properly in the first place. Good luck.

If you are well prepared you will perform better and be able to say you did the best you possibly could.

That is success.


Exam Preparation and Study Guide  

Exam guide for grades 6 through 9

Exam Preparation and Study Guide  

Exam guide for grades 6 through 9