Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Exams Exams Exams


It's getting to that time of the year again when exams are stressing everyone out and now I'm in my fifth year of exams (I was sad enough to work it out when I was bored of revision) I think I've got enough experience to give some advice to those that need it (although I am by no means telling you what to do, just giving you some tips that I would have liked to have read when I first started doing exams).

So you've got exams? First thing to say is don't stress, I know everyone says that to you and I got fed up with that too but it really is important, when I start to stress I stop revising because for one I know it will make it worse and work myself up and there is just no use in that.

Secondly don't push yourself too hard, spending hours and hours slaving over my notes and books didn't do anything for me (well I never slaved, I just couldn't do that) they do say that doing short spurts of work is better than doing it for ages.

Take a break! I mean it, take loads! Don't spend everyday revising, you do need to take time off to do other things, meet some friends, do some baking (a personal favourite) just do something to take your mind off revision.

Just do your best, you know what you can and can't do, some people aren't going to get the top marks and that's just a fact, even if you worked everyday you still might not get that A. I leant that I wasn't going to get A*s after mocks and other essays, even my dad knew that, he agreed that if I got all A*s in my GCSEs he would buy me a Mulberry bag and I never got one. He's again agreed that if I get a first in my degree that he'll buy me one, well obviously I'm going to try my hardest now! Think of the Mulberry Emma! It's nothing to be ashamed of, not everyone is mega clever so don't spend all your time worrying and getting disappointed! Saying that, do try your best, do what you can. As long as you know that you've tried your hardest when you get your results that's all that matters!

Find what type of revision works for you, some people find mind maps, I like to rewrite all my notes a few times and then I start to remember them, I understand that this won't work for everyone and some people will find it takes ages and they will have another way that works for them. Try different types of revision when you are first starting to do exams and then when you do exams the next time you'll know what works for you. Saying this I seem to remember that different types of revision worked for different subjects, in maths you tend to have to work through reams and reams of the past papers your teachers give you but for other subjects that might not work.

Finally start early, I mean that one, when I did my AS and A levels I started really early and it did work. That way you have more time and you don't regret if nearer to exams. It also means that if you find something you don't understand you can get a teacher to go over it with you.

If this post just helps one person who is struggling I will be happy.

Good Luck to whoever has exams.

Ta ta for now!


  1. Oh, believe me I am stressed! haha! Blogging is a great way to escape and all this pressure from others saying they know the syllabus top to bottom isn't helping, either! Though, just the thought of summer is making it barely bearable (no pun intended!) - and the mulberry seems perfect for you! I wish you all the very best and these are truly great tips! Thank You!

    1. I find blogging really helps too, it's just a way to forget exams. I was just talking to my friend and she was saying all she's done this holiday is revise and I really haven't done enough! I can't wait till summer, 6 weeks and I'm done! Thanks! Good luck in your exams! I'm sure you'll be fine! Thanks for reading my blog, glad it helped! X

  2. My exams are in a couple of weeks and I should really start working a bit... But you know, internet... Anyway for me the best way to learn is to write, I just feel like it makes thing easier !

    Thanks for sharing your tips :)

    1. I'm sure you'll be fine, everyone is always really nervous before them. I always get distracted although I find blogging is a good distraction when I'm feeling really stressed!
      Good luck in your exams, Thanks for reading


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