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Future Voices: One student’s top tips for exam success

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 June 2017

Pupils sitting an exam. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pupils sitting an exam. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Exam season has arrived, so Future Voices writer and student Chloe Diggines has shared her tips for success.

• Timings

Make sure you are spending the right amount of time on each question. People often fall into the trap of spending half the exam on the first few questions to soon realise that they have only a few minutes to finish the paper. Some papers follow the rough guide of 1 minute per mark, so use this as a guide.

• Pack a Polo

Bring a singular mint Polo with you into the exam and when the invigilator gives you permission to start place it in your mouth. Do not put pen on paper until the Polo is completely gone. By doing this, it gives you time to look through the paper so you can expect what is to come - this will avoid panic later on and allow you to see where your areas of focus may need to be.

• Have the correct equipment

Have a clear pencil case with all the stationery you will require throughout out the exam. Remember to bring spares… There is nothing worse than running out of ink in a pen and having to worry about asking for another. Also, pens must be in black ink. If you write in blue ink, it will not be detected when the paper is scanned to be marked and you will get no marks!

• Lay out your equipment

If you are sitting an exam that requires you to add colour to diagrams or use large amounts of stationary, such as media or graphics, take the necessities out of your pencil case and lay them out on your desk. This way you won’t have to worry about trying to find the right colour at a certain time and will save large amounts of time.

• Don’t Panic!

Much easier said than done, but try not to panic or overthink the exam too much as this will only prevent you from achieving your full potential. Even if it feels like you cannot remember anything just before you walk through the doors, your brain will kick into action when the exam begins.

• Have you got any of your own tips? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

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