Smart Tips for Exam Success!

Visualise Yourself at University

Have you wondered why there is a large picture of Oxford University at the top of each page on our website. One of the most important things you must do in the sixth form is visualise yourself being successful and reaching the Uni of your choice. When there seems to be more work than you can ever get through or there are so many other demands on your time, it is vital that you remember what is THE most important thing to achieve. Any athelete or sportsman will tell you how important it is to visualise attaining your goals.

Unknown Unknowns in your knowledge

One of the biggest problems any student faces is unknown unknowns. "There are known, knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known, unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown, unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know." For you one of the most important functions of a tutor is to find out what you don't know you need to know. Your form teacher cannot help with this because he doesn't have enough time one to one with you. So get smart, get a tutor to help you.

Don't Compartmentalise Your Knowledge

Whatever you learn, and whatever the subject it is, think of it as another mental tool for you metal toolbox. For example just because a question is in a mechanics paper that doesn't mean you can't use calculus to solve the problem. Or in a physics paper you are entitled to use things you have learned in maths. In fact it is good idea to look for similarities between different subjects, that makes for smart use of your time.

C1 and C2 Maths Resits for Top Grades

Even if you have reasonable grades in C1 and C2 in most cases it will be worth re-sitting them because at the end of year 2 when you've studied for C3 and C4, the AS papers will look easy and you can realistically target on gaining up to 100%. So even if your first attempt was grade A you could well have another 20% to gain toward your aggregate. Don't forget in Maths if you get all the question correct there is no wriggle room for the examiners, they must give you 100%. Now there's a time efficient, smart way of achieving top exam grades. NB Resisting papers may not be beneficial with top universities who may only be interested in the grade of your first attempt.

Extraordinary Maths and Physics

Broaden your science knowledge and have some fun at the same time by looking at some interesting maths "Numberphile" and physics "sixtysymbols" posts at the bottom of our links page ;-)