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Success in Exams!!

Click on the links on the left for some tips and advice on succeeding in your exams!!

Many students prepare for exams by focusing on knowledge first and exam technique last.  As a result - they arrive in the exam hall with lots of knowledge (perhaps too much).  But they have not practiced communicaating knowledge in the right format!  Smart students start their revision by understanding what the examiner wants.

There is a lot of help that you can get to aid your study.

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Your teachers are there to help you.  They understand the course, the exam requirements and the tough topics..  They may also be examiners!! All you need to do is ask for help - politely!!

Exam Specification
This is a priority for your revision as it tells you what you're aiming for.  The specification tells you what topics you must include in your revision or whether you can choose from a selection of topics.

Examiners' Reports & Mark Schemes
Mark schemes are used by examiners to aware marks based on how knowledge needs to be demonstrated.  Examiners' reports explain what examiners do and don't like and point out classic mistakes that students make in the subject.  In Archimedes we use the OCR examination board (, you will be able to find past papers and their mark schemes on their websites.

Past Papers
These are a MUST - even in the early stages of your revision.  Why?  So you can become acquatined with the format of your exams, and to practice applying your existing knowledge to exam questions.  In the final stages of revision, aim to do lots of practice questions.  Before the exams we will issue as many past papers to you as we can, try and get these done quickly and get them back once we have marked them so that you can see how you are doing.  This will allow you to measure whether you are in need of more help in certain areas and whether you should be studying more.

Online Discussion Boards

Revision can be a lonely experience.  At Archimedes we hold study sessions closer to the exams on Saturday mornings.  Make the most of those study sessions and try and arrange your own groups so that you can share ideas and concerns with fellow students.  You may also be able to contact us through the Help link on the Student page.