Exam Tips for The Day of The Exam from Private Tutors

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What’s done is done. Your weeks, months, and years of hard work has all led up to this moment. The day of your exam…

Yes, it’s a big moment, but don’t fret and don’t get nervous. Think of the exam as a way for you to show off what you know – not as a test that wants to catch you out with what you don’t…

Your teachers have probably told you countless times that examiners want to give you marks, you just have to help make it easy. Good news is, they’re absolutely right!

Apart from going in with the right ‘I’ve got this!’ mindset, here are some tips we have…

Day of The Exam Tips #1: 

Know Your Perfect Question Order

From doing past exam papers, you’ll have a general idea as to your perfect question order. Perhaps you prefer to tackle the long questions first while sticking to a time limit so that you don’t forget your answers, or you prefer answering short questions first to get them out of the way…

We did a survey of over 100 past top scoring students and found that the majority approached their exam in a similar fashion. Here are some suggestions…

  • Read through the entire exam before beginning – sometimes the answer to one question may be in another question
  • Write down key words and bullet points for longer answers – after reading, these longer questions will be in the back of your mind and you should write down more bullet points as they come to you
  • Highlight important words in the question – this helps you focus on what’s important. This way you’ll never mix up ‘what’ questions with ‘why’ questions

Our suggested order is to answer the short questions first while keeping the longer questions in the back of your mind. This builds momentum and gets you in the exam mood (if you aren’t already!) Another benefit is that you get all your answers down on paper, so you won’t be losing on things you know but haven’t had the time to write down…

Day of The Exam Tips #2: 

Know Your Timings

On top of knowing the format of your exam inside out, and knowing a general ‘order of operations,’ you should know your timings for each section of the exam…

Of course, this is not something you make up on the spot. You should have a rough idea of how long you are going to spend on each section before even going into the exam. This rough timeline should ideally leave 5 minutes at the beginning to read over the exam paper, and 5 minutes at the end to read over your answers…

This is super important for subject such as English where you can easily get carried away with the long creative writing question and lose track of time. Instead of trying to get the final few marks in that essay, you should always complete all the required questions first. The first few marks are much easier to get than the final few

Day of The Exam Tips #3:

Bring Back-Up Stationary

Pens run out of ink at the absolute worst moments. Don’t even get us started on pencils breaking! Make sure you bring back up pens, a pencil sharpener, ruler, and the other essentials…

Please note that we did not mention Tippex or rubbers. See, instead of completely erasing your answers, we highly recommend just putting a straight line through them. At the off chance that your crossed-out answer is correct, you may still get marks!

Day of The Exam Tips #4:

 Eat Well

Before your exam, make sure you’ve had something to eat. Don’t eat too much or else you’ll feel sleepy. And don’t eat too little or else you’ll have to worry about your stomach grumbling in the echoey exam hall…

Also, for more time intensive exams, every minute counts. So, don’t drink too much water before the exam. Avoid having to leave the exam hall to use the toilet…

Day of The Exam Tips #5:

Make Your Answers as Neat as Possible

Your teachers have probably told you that your examiner is human too. They probably have children who want their attention, and countless other commitments. So, please help them help you and make your answers as neat as possible!

Here are some ways you can help make it easier for examiners to give you marks…

  • Skip a line after each answer
  • Start new sections on new pages
  • Label your answers with the question number
  • Label all charts and graphs
  • Write neatly and legibly

 

Day of The Exam Tips #6:

NEVER Leave the Exam Early

Please, please, please trust us on this one. Even if you’ve double, triple, and quadruple checked your answers, do not leave the exam early!

If you have time, you should attempt more questions or rewrite your answers. You’ll get the marks for your best answer, so why not?

The only time you can consider leaving an exam early is when you’re absolutely 100% sure you can’t do any better and you have an exam later in the day that you must study for…

Day of The Exam Bonus Tip

As soon as the exam starts, before even looking at your exam, write down essay points that you aren’t too sure of. You’ll be more confident once you turn over the exam, as the things you are unsure of are already written down. So, it won’t matter if you forget them…

Then turn over and read the exam. If that question comes up, great! You’ve just written down all your points and are well equipped to answer. If that question doesn’t come up, even better! The remaining questions will be a ‘walk in the park!’

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Hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two, and you’re feeling more confident about how you’re going to tackle your exams. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at team@privatetutors.ie

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