A FEW TIPS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
With the Easter weekend behind us, many young people and their families are beginning to look towards the examinations that will take place in the next few weeks. For our young people who are taking exams in May and June they are now entering the ‘revision season’. This can be a worrying and tense time for all of the family and here are a few tips to help you prepare for those important exams.
WORK OUT A REVISION PLAN THAT SUITS YOU
Your teacher will have helped you to work out from your mock exam which areas of study you need to give extra attention to. Once you know the timetable of when your exams take place, try to develop a weekly schedule of which subject you are going to revise and how much time you are going to spend revising each topic.
Once you have drawn up your plan, let your family know how important it is and then stick to it!
GET TO KNOW THE WAY YOU ARE GOING TO BE TESTED
Doing past papers or practising how to write an essay in the time that you will have for an exam, is very beneficial.
BUILD ON YOUR PREVIOUS BEST AND THEN DO IT AGAIN
Set yourself realistic targets to improve the marks you can get by repeating exercises you have learnt, not only once, but maybe each week and see how you start to improve your scores.
DON’T BE SCARED OF MAKING MISTAKES
Making mistakes is how we all learn. When you check your answers, spend some time working out why you went wrong and practice doing things the right way!
DON’T JUST REVISE, BUT RELAX TOO!
It is important that apart from your busy revision schedule, that you have a good amount of sleep each night and also keep fit. Regular exercise is a great way of keeping fit and alert. A healthy body makes a healthy mind!
LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND DON’T LISTEN TO BAD ADVICE
During revision time, some people will always pretend they are not doing any revision and might encourage you to do the same. It is really important that you focus on what you are aiming to achieve and don’t get distracted by people who might want you to develop bad habits. Exams do matter and people who are properly prepared for the exam do better than those who aren’t.
SOME ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY
For the person in your family who is taking an exam, it can be a very stressful time.
Be patient, be helpful and give your son, daughter or relative lots of encouragement to do their best. Don’t forget to ask them how it went, when they get home. Once one exam is finished help them to prepare for the next one.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR REVISION!
Director of Education, SHG
28 April 2014