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How to pass your exams

As it is exam season, all of your studying and revision techniques for exam season, will hopefully pay off and show in your results, but there is more you can do than just re-reading your class notes, read our guide on how to pass your exams and feel that you did all you can to get the results you want.

Past exam papers

When revising, it is good practice to look at past exam papers to see how your exams are structured. Most examining boards, like AQA and WJEC, have past exam papers on their website. You can download or print these along with the marking scheme to help revise. Setting time aside to take these mock papers and having a family member or friend mark them will help show you where you are in your studies and what areas you need to improve on. Your teacher may have some mock exam papers as well.

Knowing your weaknesses

One of the biggest advantages, when revising and taking exams, is knowing what your weaknesses and strengths are. If you know what you find most difficult to remember or what questions you find hard to answer this is where you should focus a strong part of your revision. Just going over the areas that you already know or is easiest to revise won’t help you get the marks.

Thinking about other people

You shouldn’t spend any time worrying about other students, whether you are trying to help your friends revise their own subjects or have concerns that others will do better than you. Everyone is different and learn in different ways, so you should only focus on yourself and your studies. If you take the same course as your friends, then having study sessions can be helpful but don’t rely on these group sessions and set time aside for individual revision.

Speak to your teachers

Your teachers are the best place to go for advice, as they have been teaching you for a long time and probably have had students similar to yourself in previous years. Ask them about your weaknesses or any other questions you may have. They may have material and revision tips to help you study for your exams.

College/School services

Lots of colleges and schools have study centres to help students get the right guidance during this stressful time. If you are anxious about your exams or have special disability requirements it is best to see them in time before your exams. They might be able to organise special exam conditions or help you study in the right way for your learning.

Revising all parts

When it does come to revising, it is ideal for you to study all parts of your course. Only focusing on one or limited areas will limit your learning and studying ability, as well as restricting yourself in the exam. Your teachers and college/school won’t know what will come up in the exam, as it is a surprise to them as it is you when you open it up that day – so revising all parts will put you in the best position for answering the question(s).

Revising can seem quite daunting as you are trying to remember all of the information from the past year or two into one exam, but if you set time aside and set realistic goals then the marks will reflect your work.