How to revise last minute for IB class tests and mock exams

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If you are panicking about your mock exams and only have a couple of days to revise - here are the 5 steps you should take to maximise the effectiveness of this revision.

Firstly - I’d focus only on past paper questions. BUT there's no point in just doing lots of past paper questions. You need to have a strategy to ensure that you are learning the stuff YOU DON'T KNOW before the exam. 

Here is your strategy:

STEP 1

Randomly choose

  • 5 Paper 1 questions; and
  • 2 Paper 2 questions

FOR EACH TOPIC

STEP 2 

Try the questions and mark using the markscheme. You will want to work in 40 minute time blocks. Set your timer and turn off any distraction. Have a 10 minute break between sessions.

STEP 3

If there’s anything you got wrong - note what you learned from the markscheme about the question in your revision notes (e.g. EMF is the amount of energy given to each coulomb of charge and p.d. is the amount of energy used by each coulomb of charge).

ONLY NOTE DOWN THE THINGS YOU GOT WRONG AND WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THE MARKSCHEME.

STEP 4

DON’T overthink or spend a long time focusing on any one concept. You can do that for the real exams. For example, if you are really struggling with Fleming’s Left Hand Rule - just leave it and make a note to study it for the real exam. In the meantime, cross your fingers that it won’t be in the mock exam!

STEP 5

If you run out of energy during this long study session - do the following:

  • watch an “Activate the Application” video on your most tricky topic. This is for GradePod members only. If you'd like to join GradePod - click here.
  • work through MC questions on your most tricky topic on GradeGorilla

FINALLY

  • DON'T PANIC
  • WE BELIEVE IN YOU!
  • GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
  • TRY YOUR BEST
  • LIVE A HAPPY LIFE
  • IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT EXAMS...

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