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Revision! What is the secret to success?

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.

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