"There is so much pressure placed on you to pass exams. I feel I would be letting my parents and my brother down if I didn't do well." His answer to the problem is: "Stay on top of the work."
He recommends, "I don't just sit there and read. I try to condense (make short) my notes, by making new notes of the important points. Then I can read through it faster in the last few days."
"I revise one subject for an hour, then move to another subject for an hour, and carry on like that for as long as I can."
- Get help: ask a teacher or tutor about how to revise, and exam skills - how to work when you are in an exam.
- Take short rests during your time of work and revision. If your mind is tired, it will not remember well.
- Plan your work: revise at times when you know you will work at your best.
- Stay healthy: get enough sleep, eat sensibly.
- Exercise: you need exercise to work well. Walk, run, play sport - whatever you enjoy.
- Be positive: stop thinking about the future and failing.
- Do your best: no-one can do more than this.
- Be alert: if you feel ill, talk to someone about your worries.
- But don't be too relaxed! Some stress over exams makes you work hard for them.
- Be sensible: if it upsets you to talk to your friends about an exam when it is finished, don't do it! In fact, don't even think about the exam you have finished. What is done is done. You cannot change what you have written!
If you are studying in the evening, don't go straight to bed afterwards. Your mind will still be 'going round and round' - thinking too much. Do something else, maybe walk or get exercise. Choose something that will relax you, and make you think of other things.
You do not need to face exams alone. God can help you. Search for Him. He can be a friend to you.
Examination Survival - SOON Educational Publications
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