Good luck to everyone taking maths exams in the next few weeks!

Good Luck over the coming weeks!

Here are a few exam pointers that will help you to make the most of each exam:

Before the exam:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before the exam
  • Have a nourishing breakfast in the morning (and lunch, if your exam is in the afternoon)
  • Make sure you have the right tools for your exam. Do you need your calculator? Tracing paper? Compasses?
  • Arrive in plenty of time so that you can enter the exam hall feeling calm and composed.

During the exam:

  • Read ALL the instructions on the front page.
  • Work through the questions methodically, allowing time to check over your answers before the exam finishes.
    • Read each question carefully
    • Show ALL your working, step by step
    • Draw graphs and diagrams IN PENCIL
    • Write your answer in the space provided, using the correct:
      • format (were you asked to give the equation of a line in the form ax+by+c=0, or y=mx+c?)
      • units (should your  calculator be in degrees or radians mode? did you convert all measurements to cm or m?)
      • accuracy (significant figures, decimal places)
    • check your answer where possible (e.g. if you solved for x, check the LHS and RHS of your equation!)
  • Remain relaxed during the exam – if a question makes you feel anxious, skip it and come back to it later

If you start to panic: STOP. Put down your pen, rest your hands and look straight ahead. Take a couple of deep, calming breaths. Remind yourself that you can get through this better if you just relax.

  • Check through your answers at the end – many silly mistakes can be fixed at this time

After the exam:

  • Relax. DON’T dwell on what you might have done right or wrong.
  • Take a moment to be proud of yourself for trying your best.
  • Move on to revision for your next exam.

Please also read this BBC Article about general exam technique for some pointers.

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