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Will you be doing exams?

Even if you get an unconditional offer for a place at a university based on your current results, there may be course prerequisites, or a better ATAR score may get you the perfect course you want, or a scholarship.

I recommend that you continue to prepare for all exams AS IF you will be doing them.

These tips will help.

GET READY 

  • Arrive early. Avoid anxious friends. Go to the loo.
  • Take drinking water with you.
  • Know how many questions or sections you have to answer and what they are worth BEFORE you arrive.
  • Allocate your time according to the marks for each section or question.
  • Know exactly what time you should finish each section and question.

GO IN

  • Get seated early.
  • Breath steadily, get centred, sip water.
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions. Ask for clarification at any time.
  • Write your name and student number on the exam paper.

READING TIME

  • Read through all the exam paper carefully.
  • If there are choices, decide which questions to answer.
  • Make sure you are answering all questions required from each section.
  • Schedule what time you should answer each question
  • Plan to answer the easiest question first.
  • Leave the hardest question to last.
  • Know what time you should finish each question and stick to that time.

DANGER

PLEASE make sure you understand what each question is asking.

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Circle the key words in questions.

KNOW you are stressed.

Ask WHAT is the question ACTUALLY ASKING?

  • Start your first answer. Quickly plan your answer picking the BEST evidence you can provide that proves you are an expert on the subject.
  • Don’t spend more time than planned on a section or question.
  • Don’t over-answer or waffle on.
  • Add dot points if you are running out of time. You won’t lose points and may gain some.
  • If you have time skim read your answer for errors or omissions. This will also give you time to rest your writing hand and stop it cramping.
  • Systematically work through all required answers keeping to your time allocation.
  • Use every minute of exam time. If you have time left, review your answers before handing in the paper.
  • Hand in your rough work too.

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Time to be a Hero

If you can skate or ride a bike you are amazing.

You have pushed through failure and you have succeeded. Mastering something you were not good at required the courage and determination of a hero.

You Still have the Ability to be a Hero 

If you are getting fed up with schoolwork and don’t want to study for your final exams remember your ability to be a hero.

Your hero journey to skating or riding a bike involved having a clear idea of what you were aiming for and strong motivation to push through the pain until you succeeded.

Perhaps you wanted to be like your sister who could fly across the skate park or to chase your cousins who would ride off and leave you.

What motivation do you have to push through the final few weeks to exams? Do you have a sister who is loving life at uni? Do you have cousins who are loving their careers?

What is it that YOU want to achieve by succeeding in your final exams?

Reboot Your Hero Journey 

The capacity to keep on trying until we are successful requires a clear goal and strong motivation AND it requires the courage and determination to be a hero.