Why use Past Exam Papers as basis for revision What was the last thing you had to learn? How did you do it? Reading through notes or revision guides is NOT effective revision. It is not until you try to DO the questions that you realise what you have and haven’t understood. Value of using Past Exam Papers as basis for revision Practise • Recognising the ‘topic’ being tested • Looking at the number of marks allocated and using this to know what depth of answer is needed / how many steps in the calculation example • What sort of answer is expected • Understanding KEY words e.g. discuss, compare and contrast, solve, simplify, evaluate, calculate… example • Generating similar questions of your own For more detail use the Examiners Mark Scheme Abbreviations example Use Past Exam Papers as basis for revision at home • Do what you can with out looking things up • Mark / hand in if appropriate • Stick with the same paper and have a go at what you couldn’t do, or got wrong. • Look things up using Exercise book Text book Internet Ask a friend Ask the teacher • Mark it again • Later come back to the same paper – can you now do those questions you had to get help with? notes Mymaths Starting point Past exam paper Mark it Revision guides internet Using Past Exam Papers Molly Piggott Cameron Bourne Why past papers? • More interesting than a textbook • Get used to how the exams are set out and the best way to answer them • Can measure your improvement easily • Can identify what you need to work on easily Top tips on using past papers • Mark them – The papers are no use unless you know how you’re doing on them • Try doing them in the time set for the exam – Make it like an exam by turning off the TV and music • If you’ve not done a paper successfully, don’t panic! Do some more revision and try it again • If you find a question you don’t understand, ask a teacher for help. • Don’t cheat!