Getting Re-sit Ready

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Following on from last week’s post on bouncing back from a bad exam, here is TutorTap’s top tips for re-sitting:

Get Advice
You don’t have to re-sit a bad exam and re-sitting will not always be the best option for you. Your teachers, tutors and family members can offer advise on whether re-sitting is the right thing for you. There is also the option of calling the national Exam Results Helpline or talking to an adviser from the National Careers Service. They can offer more informed views on whether re-sitting is a necessity or not. If you are a university student, check with your University examinations office for the regulations on re-sits, as these vary for different courses and establishments.

Don’t Over Do It
Recent changes mean you can no longer re-sit A levels in January, you now have to wait until June. This means you’ll be adding more exams to an already busy summer schedule. This could be detrimental for the exams you already have lined up, as your revision time is spread thinner. It might be best to pick out a few key exams that had room for improvement and focusing your attention solely on those.

Get Help
There’ll be a number of people out there who are happy to help. Fellow students who are not re-sitting will have revisions notes that you can look at to help build your own up for the re-sit. If you request your paper back, your teacher will look through it with you and discuss the areas where you struggled in the exams. A tutor is a great way to boost attainment for a re-sit. TutorTap provide highly experienced tutors who can fit around your schedule and help you get to the level you need to be at.

Where Did You Go Wrong?
Try and identify what went wrong, then set out a strategy to reduce the chances of it happening again. Perhaps you didn’t answer enough questions, panicked on the day or the paper was harder than anticipated. Be honest though. Don’t convince yourself you were feeling unwell, when you know that you did not revise enough. Once you identify an issue, you will be able to work past it. If you left your revision to the last minute, you know to start earlier for the re-sits.

You know where you went wrong and you’ve got help in the areas you needed. Now you have got to sit down and revise. You’ll have a technique for revising, but it might be good to try something new if your current method didn’t help you achieve the grades you desired. This doesn’t mean ripping up the book and starting again. Try and incorporate new techniques into your revision tool belt. Mind maps, flash cards and past papers are all well known, successful methods for revision. It is best to figure out what works best for you, by using a combination of different methods. For more tips on preparing for exams, check out our post on setting yourself up perfectly for exams.

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