Exams: A Checklist

Friday, 10 June 2016

This week Mikey has been sitting his first 'proper' exams since he started Secondary School.

End of Year Exams can be really daunting for our children, especially if they've never sat for exams before. I know that Mikey has found it quite hard and has been struggling with juggling revision and managing exam time etc.

The school has been very good and as well as revising in class, they also sent home an exam checklist, but we decided to add to it in a hope that it would ease Mikey's anxiety:


  • Find a place to revise that is quiet and calm. (Maybe in your room away from your sister?)
  • Use a revision technique that works for you. It could be a drawing a spider diagram, writing notes on index cards. There is no wrong method.
  • Plan out your revision. The best way is to revise in the order of your exams. Check your exam timetable.
  • Revise each subject in small sessions. Don't spend too long on one subject or you may find yourself switching off.
  • Let yourself have a small break in between each session to recharge. (You can't have biscuits every break though!)

For Exams

  • Pack your bag the night before, so you don't forget anything in the morning rush for school.
  • The night before, read through any revision notes you may have made.
  • Breathe, relax and try not to worry!
  • Read the instructions on the front of the exam paper.
  • Read the questions carefully.
  • Highlight of underline any key words that can help you understand a question.
  • Keep an eye on the clock.
  • If you get stuck, move on to another question. You can always come back to it later.
  • Try and leave time at the end to look through your answers.
  • If you are not sure on an answer, have a guess. You might be right!
  • But most important of all, don't worry. As long as you've tried your best, no one can ask anything else of you. 

What do you think? Would you add anything else to the list?