• Past Papers

    Past papers are a vital part of exam preparation. They show you exactly how the course will be assessed and what sorts of questions get asked.

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    TSR’s past papers tool contains all the recent Pearson (Edexcel), AQA and OCR past papers in key subjects. There is an easy search facility that allows you to look for your subjects and boards.

    Mark schemes and Examiner’s Reports are also available online through the TSR tool.

    Mark schemes provide the guidelines used by examiners to mark papers and Examiners’ Reports a summary of how candidates tackled a particular paper.

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    How TSR members use past papers

    ‘The holy grail of revision. Nothing beats replicating a real exam for practice - do a whole paper with no notes, then mark it and highlight on the mark scheme all the marks that you missed. Go back through the paper and add corrections and additions in a different coloured pen, and make a note of the topics where you missed marks so you can look over them again.’
    ‘I complete them under exam conditions, mark them, look at where I went wrong and make a note of it. Then, before I begin a new past paper, I read over all my previous mistakes to make sure I don't make the same ones. I used the same method at GCSE and went from a C to A*'s in all three sciences so I think it may work.’
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    ‘I went through as many past papers as I could first, but I did them timed and with no resources - then I marked them all!
    I’ve heard so many people say that past papers are the best form of revision and they truly are!
    BUT... I guess you need to know the content before you even attempt past papers.’
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    Tips for using past papers

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    • Look at past papers to get a clear idea of how the exam paper is structured.
    • Try doing practise questions from old papers under timed conditions, with no distractions.
    • Look at Examiner’s Reports to find the most common errors made by students.
    • There’s a lot of change in the exam system at the moment. Make sure the past papers you use are the right ones for your courses.

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