Exam revision tips

It’s not long now until thousands of students take their GCSEs and A Level exams. Whether you are one of them or just learning for fun, these tips will come in handy.
    • Lights, camera, action! Record your voice or film yourself whilst you are practising for your written examination. You can then play it back and see what your weak and strong point are.
    • Post it! If you have trouble remembering certain words, use post it notes and place them around your house in strategic places like on your fridge door, behind the loo door, on your bedside table. Everywhere!
    • Meet your friends. Get together with your mates and practise dialogues, test each other or watch a film in your second language. Learning a language is all about communication. You can have fun and learn at the same time
    • Schedule. Write down a schedule for your revision and make sure you practise all different aspects of your language exam: grammar questions, comprehension, oral, etc
    • Mix it up! The beauty of languages is that they can be written, read, watched, heard, analysed…Try and have different approaches for revision
    • Voices in your head. Choose anytime to practise vocabulary. Try to have a running commentary in your brain of what you are doing at the time in the language you are learning. “I’m going to catch the bus”, “I have been to the library”
    • Practise, practise, practise. And then practise a bit more. This is the secret to success.
    • Make mistakes. Learn from them and improve. Children make mistakes when they are learning their own language. Allow yourself to fail so you can learn how to say it right next time.

    • Get a tutor. Getting a few lessons with a native tutor prior to your exam will improve your confidence and will help you consolidate and reinforce all you have been learning. Just remember to choose a professional, experienced tutor.
    • Keep calm. You have been working very hard so far, do not let nerves spoil your exam results. Practice these breathing techniques on the NHS page to help you control your anxiety

 

 

 

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