First off everyone is different and just because your friends need little revision doesn't mean everyone does!
Exam technique is basically learning to pass an exam and not just learning the subject. Most people normally get good exam technique by going through past papers so if you're not doing past papers get some ASAP! Work through them, familiarise yourself with the questions (you'd be surprised how often similar questions appear!) go through the mark schemes to see how they award marks (usually subjects like biology for example just consist of keywords so then you would make sure you learn those keywords along with the general content and put them in an answer if it came up again), etc.
Your plan seems good. Revise the entire subject content and then go through every past paper and mark scheme you can possibly find. This is also what I did
Last edited by Kingbradley6; 05-04-2012 at 09:11.
Also good advice +rep. I would just say that you can sometimes spend longer than 5 minutes on a 5 mark question as although the higher mark questions generally take up the time per mark, the one and two markers can usually be done in under 10 and 30 seconds respectively (if there are any). It is pointless getting flustered (which will affect your whole exam performance) going over a couple of minutes when you can regain the time from other questions. But otherwise as I said sound advice!
(Original post by clownfish)
100% agree with this.
Also make sure you are reading the question carefully - a common mistake is to read what you expect to read in a question and therefore get it wrong - OCR in particular are enjoying asking the opposite to what they normally ask on some chemistry papers at the moment, which is catching people out a lot!
Time management is also a key part of exam technique: check the time available, if you have 90 minutes for a 90 mark paper, don't let yourself spend more than 5 minutes max on a 5 mark question or you're clearly going to run out of time. Also if you don't know the answer to something then leave it and come back to it later, don't waste ages staring at it and get no marks for it and run out of time before you can get to the stuff you know.
Last of all, check all of your answers - we all write silly things under exam pressure such as "x is bigger than x" when we mean to write "x is bigger than y"! Also I'd recommend sticking every calculation into your calculator three
times, as it's so easy to type things in wrong and then lose marks for that.
Last edited by Kingbradley6; 05-04-2012 at 15:38.