Last Minute Exam Advice

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Exam Advice

So, its the day before your GCSE Maths exam, and you are starting to get a bit anxious. The most important thing to do is not panic! I have seen fantastic mathematicians fall apart by the question: What if?. Nothing you can say or do will change the questions you are about to face, so don't worry about them.
Below are five pieces of advice I can give you to make things run smoothly.
1) Be equipped. Don't be the student with their hand up waiting for a pencil! Come to the exam hall with all your stuff ready to go. I had a student a few years ago that borrowed a pen that didn't work properly. It completely threw her and made her anxious since she didn't want to ask for another one. The night before the exam, check you have everything in your bag, and then you don't have to worry!
2) Pace Yourself. Most of the exams work at a mark a minute. Make sure you don't spend too much time on any question, especially if they are low-marks. You can always come back to them! Unless you are going for an A* on the higher paper, you should have plenty of time at the end of the exam.
3) Never Round Early. I have included this since it probably wont be on anyone else's list, and I like to be different, but within your calculations ONLY ROUND ANSWERS, and never working out, IF you need to use a value, write down 8 decimal places, and you shouldn't have a problem.
4) Always check your answer. Check they make sense. Are you calculating the height of a man at 1.3 cm or a tree at 10 miles? The exam WONT try to trick you, they will use realistic measurements in their real-life examples. If you have time at the end of the exam, do all the questions again and see if you get the same answers. If you don't check them again. You should NEVER have any time left at the end of the exam.
5) Be Confident. Some students panic, others panic a lot! Keep calm and believe in yourself. You have put in the work over the last few days, weeks, months, years. Don't fall into a self-fulfilling put of doubt. Those who think they will fail, will fail. Expect there to be another 'Hannah's Sweets' question, but be ready to give it a go and move on. Everyone else will be doing the same paper as you, and grades are calculated AFTER the national results are looked at. So if everyone does badly, the grade-boundaries will reflect that. The advantage you can have is that whilst others panicked, you didn't.
Good luck!

Make sure you have everything ready the night before.
Work out how long you have per question.
Make sure your answers are accurate by not rounding too early
Check the answer makes sense!
Be confident with yourself. You can do it!

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