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5. Play to your strengths. Find a revision style that suits you. Some people are more productive in the morning, but others find that they get more done in the evening. Tailor your day to suit the times when you personally have the most energy. Everyone has their own learning style, so while some people might find it best to write condensed notes and bullet points, others may find they retain more of what they’re revising when they draw spider diagrams, or are quizzed by a friend. Identify what works best for you and at the end of each revision session write a list of the key points that you’ve learned and read over them. This will help you consolidate your knowledge, and store information in your short-term memory, ready for the exam.

3. Practise past papers. Familiarise yourself with the layout, format and types of questions featured in the exam you are about to sit before the examination day. This will help you to be calmer on the day, as you will know what to expect and what is expected of you. Past exams papers can be downloaded from the ‘Tuition Resources’ section of the Members Area of the ABE website (https://www. Practise the past exam papers under timed conditions and without looking at your notes. This will help you to identify which topic areas you need to brush up on, as well as giving you a chance to practise your examination technique. You can find Suggest Answers to all past examination papers in the ‘Tuition Resources’ section of the Members Area of the ABE website.

Make sure that you read the instructions on the front page of the question paper very carefully, and answer only the number of questions required. Check how many questions you will need to answer, and how many marks they will be worth; you can then use this information to plan how much time to spend on each question in the examination. If, in a three-hour examination, you are asked to answer four questions, each of which is worth 25 marks, you should spend 45 minutes on each question. Wear a watch and be strict with yourself on timing. Many students fail ABE examinations because they spend too much time answering the first question and run out of time before answering the fourth, automatically losing 25% of the marks available.

You should also practise responding to the command words used in each question.

Make sure that you read the instructions on the front page of the question paper very carefully

For more information on this topic see the article available on the ‘Tuition Resources’ section of the Members Area (https://www. studytips/How_to_pass_ABE_exams_-_%20 understanding_command_words.pdf).

4. Read the examination reports for your chosen subjects. After every examination session the examiners write reports for each subject, detailing how candidates performed. These reports, which also provide instructions on how candidates can improve their performance in examinations, are often overlooked. Following the hints and tips they give can often be the difference between a pass and a fail, and reading them could give you the edge over other candidates. All examination reports can be

6. Look after yourself. In the weeks and days just before an examination revision can be intense and stressful, but this is the time when being fit, healthy and relaxed is vitally important. Aside from making time to revise, it is also essential that you take care of yourself during your revision. Be sure to drink water frequently throughout the day as dehydration negatively affects your memory, and always make time for regular meals. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, and make time for exercise; to be on top form your body and brain need time away from the stress of revision. Take regular breaks, and treat yourself when you hit revision targets.

Although revision can be challenging, it makes a huge difference to how you perform in examinations, and working hard now will really pay off in the future. Do not be afraid to ask your tutor for help, and to discuss any revision worries you have with him/her. Make time to relax and get a good night’s sleep before your examinations begin, and remember that – if you have revised as you planned, read the

syllabus, covered the key topic areas, practised past papers and looked at the examination reports – you have done all you can to prepare yourself, and are in a great position to do your best. The ABE staff and examiners wish you the best of


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