Exams come in all shapes and sizes. Some are long, others short, some are tricky, others simple. All make students nervous.
This year was my first time to take my exam at the off-site exam hall. I was excited and nervous. Excited, because my friend told me the place would be like China - full of people. I was homesick. Nervous, because I didn’t want to miss the bus or get lost. Being well prepared for your exams is essential to ensure you enjoy your exam period. Studying in your second language isn’t easy, so I have prepared a short list of tips to ease the burden around exam time.
1. Make sure you eat properly, having three meals per day and drinking plenty of water.
2. Write down the all the exam time and arrange the revision schedule according to that.
3. Exchange thoughts and resources with classmates. For instance my classmates set up a Facebook group where we could exchange our ideas from the past exam papers.
4. Prioritize revision by focusing on understanding core concepts, rather than memorizing. Western exams test knowledge application, not ROTE learning.
Use past exams to focus your revision and acclimatize to the format of Australian exams.
Tips on exam day
1. Arrive early. G10, W90. W91 are the buses can take you to showground. In fact, any bus stop on that route to the exam venue will stop on request.
2. Check you have all important items. You will need 2-3 pens or pencils, 1-2 erasers, as well as your student ID.
3. Bring bottled water. No other drinks are allowed in the exam hall.