Exams and stuff

So here we are, its that time for the year where we are all beginning to stress out over exams, and I say that as someone that stressed to the max about what I needed to do, what I needed to know, and of course as someone who has managed to get through 4 years at MAGS – not so sure about the fifth one though.

So here is what I have learnt:

1.     Study always – you don’t need to be constantly reading over notes to be studying, at lunch time talk to your friends about what you have just learnt about, your classmates may be able to give you a new perspective on what you have just learnt.
2.     Do no be afraid – there is no shame in going to homework clubs, to sit in classes/ hallways at lunch. Most of all THERE IS NO SHAME IN ASKING TEACHERS FOR HELP. This is something I cannot stress enough, if you are in year 10 and don’t understand something feel free to ask past teachers or your friends teacher, sometimes a different voice is what you need.
3.     Small steps are better than no steps – if you have memorised one quote today or one definition or one concept, you have done a whole world better than someone who has done nothing. Don’t overwhelm yourself.
4.     Take it with a grain of salt. All of your teacher will say that their subject is the best, but you really need to hone in on subjects you find hard or ones that are coming first. If you have English first, don’t spend 30mins learning how to divide fractions!
5.     Take your class time seriously, make sure that you are taking good quality notes and having debriefs at the end of the day or even at lunch with your friends.

On the day of the exam.
1.     Get enough sleep.
2.     Eat well. For cheese sake, please do not skip breakfast the day of your exam. Do not have a heavy dinner the night before and HAVE A WATER BOTTLE.
3.     Have flash cards or small notes to trigger your brain. Memorising a whole essay is just not realistic.

Below are some links to websites that really help.



Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour,

Hannah 
Yr 13 

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