This week Year 11s are sitting trial exams so that they can better understand what their final (I)GCSE exams will be like. Students sit their ‘mock’ exams in the Conference Centre, in a setting that is as realistic as possible. Hopefully, this will make them less nervous for the real thing. It’s a great opportunity to practice revision strategies, to try and master exam technique, as well as to learn how to better manage stress.
They have been given key advice on revision:
- Practice and repetition in different ways
- Frequency of retrieval is essential
- Say it out loud
- Don’t just read/highlight, test yourself
The trial exams also help students find out where they are in terms of their targets in each subject. It gives them confidence if they achieve a good result, but it can also inform them of areas to work on if they don’t do as well as they hoped. Knowing where to focus their efforts, informs teachers for the remainder of the academic year as they help students achieve their potential.