Exams are a really great way to show how far you’ve come and how much you’ve learned during your time at College. However, we all know that exam preparation and the exams themselves can feel overwhelming. We caught up with our Pastoral Tutors, who have pulled together a few simple tips to help you through it.
If you’re feeling worried or anxious, and would like any extra support, please contact the team, who can set-up a one-to-one with you.
1. Make a simple revision plan
Break-down subjects into smaller revision chunks and make a realistic schedule – set a time and goal to stick to each day. Make your revision notes personal to you – try using diagrams, colour coding, postcards or mind-maps. Or, why not get creative and make a poster or some flashcards?
2. Take care of yourself
Take regular breaks, stay hydrated, eat well, exercise if you can and make sure you get plenty of good night’s sleep.
3. Sometimes two heads are better than one
Although some people prefer revising and working quietly on their own, others benefit from speaking and sharing their ideas. Why not set up a study group with friends? Ask each other questions and practise explaining your answers to one another.
4. Take advantage of campus resources
If you need some quiet revision time, remember to make use of the College’s Learning Resource Centre and its facilities.
5. Check past exam papers
Practising past exam papers is a great way to familiarise yourself with the types of questions to expect, and how the questions are structured. This way, it won’t come as a surprise!
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’re struggling with something, don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help – whether it’s a friend, family member, lecturer or tutor, talking about it and getting some advice, could really help.
Don’t let the fact that you haven’t sorted your study options after Year 11 add to your worries. Pre-planning can help minimise your stress, so if you haven’t secured a place for post-16, we can help: nottm.co/apply.