Revision Tips for GCSE/IGCSE Maths Exams 9: The Day Before your exam…

This is the 9th in a series of 10 blogs for students revising GCSE Maths, or IGCSE Maths in preparation for the AQA GCSE Mathematics or Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics exams.

The Day Before…

The last 24 hours before an exam can be a nerve-wracking time for some students. Here is some advice on how to combat last minute nerves and be at your best on exam day.

Get some sleep

Revising into the small hours may seem like a good idea but it could be counter-productive.  You will perform better and feel more relaxed if you have had a good night’s sleep.

Eat breakfast

Research has shown that students who eat a healthy breakfast achieve better results. Try to manage something even if you feel too nervous to eat.

Keep hydrated

Drinking water helps your brain to function. Obviously don’t over-do it or you’ll have an uncomfortable time in the exam hall!

Be prepared

Check you have all the equipment you will need for the exam ready. You should have a ruler, protractor, pair of compasses, eraser, pencil, pencil sharpener, black pens and a calculator if appropriate. Make sure that your calculator has a good battery – you don’t want it to give up half way through the exam.

Plan your journey

Make sure that you know how you are going to get to the exam and have a contingency plan in case things go wrong (e.g. Do you have the number for a taxi company in case the bus doesn’t come?). Allow plenty of time to get there – you will feel less stressed if you don’t have to rush.

Keep things in perspective

If you have completed your course and done some revision you will be able to do at least some of the paper. You don’t need full marks to get a decent grade. All you can do is try your best.

Debby Gill

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