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Have you got an exam tomorrow?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Exams seem to strike fear into even the most confident student. It’s the moment you’ve been gearing up for since you first started school way back when. Finally, it’s here.

It’s natural to feel nervous. Everyone feels this. The trick is to try to relax as much as possible the night before rather than sit and dwell on the day ahead. More top tips next!

The day before:

  • Check you have the right equipment ready to take with you. Does your calculator work? Essential for Maths and Science. Do you have spare pens in case yours run out?
  • Read over your main notes without obesssing about them. Then go off and do something relaxing: read a book, watch a funny movie, have a kickabout with your mates outside
  • Eat a decent meal to power up your energy. This will help you sleep soundly too. Plus remember to set your alarm!

The day itself:

  • Eat a hearty breakfast. Don’t skip eating! Even a banana will give you energy.
  • Try to stay calm. Get comfortable at your table. Make sure your desk isn’t wobbly. Speak up if it isn’t otherwise it’ll annoy you. Take deep breaths too at your desk to calm yourself down.
  • Whether you’re taking GCSE exams this week or sitting your A Levels, remember that it’s just an exam. Most students do much better than they think they will. So go in there with your head held high, and give it all you’ve got!

May we wish all of our fabulous students across Manchester and Cheshire the best of luck. Go for it! In the meantime, if you need any last minute guidance or exam tuition, call the 1-2-1 Home Tutors team for a chat.

Revision! What is the secret to success?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

With the general election recently, winners and losers were all over the news. For GCSE and A Level students facing exams this month, this time of year can also be monumental.

Panic often sets in at this stage when youngsters realise the enormity of the task ahead. That’s why it’s essential to give your son or daughter some helpful tips to support them through the next month.

Here are our top tips for last minute revision success!

1. Draw up a revision timetable. Break down exam papers into sections. Then focus on what you need to cover before and during the exams.

2. Apply revision notes. Practise practise practise previous questions and papers. If you practise what you’ll be tested on rather than try to remember everything by cramming, you’ll feel more confident and prepared.

3. Download previous papers and mark schemes. Visit your subject board’s website. Download a paper, time yourself, then mark your answers against the examiner’s mark scheme. If you performed badly, don’t lose heart. Use this as an opportunity to cover those weaker areas.

4. Check the range of questions. Using a subject’s exam board website, look up a range of previous papers to see what is often asked. Learn to ‘read’ exam questions. Examiners, for instance, often ask the same question using different words, or they shift the focus slightly.

5. Rest and sleep. Overdo it at the start of May and you could end up exhausted by the time the real exams are due. Instead, pace yourself. Eat properly, sleep soundly, and get some fresh air between revision sessions.

Of course, if you do have a last minute exam panic and need a private tutor to help you out, just call us. We’ve a bunch of the finest tutors in Manchester and Cheshire.