Oxford Graduate and Cardiff & Vale tutor, Barney Iley, shares his top tips on how to use your holiday time wisely to prepare for your upcoming Mock examinations.
Barney is an experienced tutor in preparing pupils for A level and Oxbridge exams . He shares his advice to help you focus on what’s required for exam success. All our tutors can help you use these top tips in tuition sessions.
There are few things more daunting than the silence of an exam hall, the hushed moment before the invigilator, who looms at the front, invariably tall and bespectacled, like a Dickensian villain, booms out: “You may begin!”
For most of us, the above scene is the stuff of nightmares. The fact is, exams are a skill. They’re not all the same, of course, and they’re never exactly straightforward. Being good or bad at exams isn’t just something you’re born with. It’s something you can cultivate.
The reason many independent schools produce good results and send pupils to the best universities is a lot to do with exam technique and practice. The brightest student in the world can still stumble if they haven’t prepared for exams.
The most crucial aspect of exam preparation is a word that strikes dread in the hearts of students the world over, and still makes my own shoulders tense: revision.
The challenges of effective revision can best be broken down into these four categories. Let’s examine them – sorry, I mean take a look at them! – and see how having help from a Cardiff & Vale private tutor can be the difference between a nightmare and a dream come true:
Exams can be the most stressful part of our education, but with dedicated supervision from Cardiff & Vale Tutors revising can be extremely rewarding and – dare I say it? – great fun. Understanding the nature of the challenge that exams present means that instead of panicking at the blank page in front of us, and watching the invigilators clock tick on, a well prepared student can dive in with the enthusiasm and confidence necessary to realise their potential.