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Principals Good Luck Message To All Our Year 10s and 11s.

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So here we are team. Year 11 those final GCSE exams are just around the corner. Year 10 you are taking some of your GCSEs this year too.

This is your time to shine and really show off in the exams. Luck is a funny thing because sometimes it can be good and sometimes it can be bad. So, take matters in your own hand, study hard and stop relying on something so fickle. The best way to motivate yourself is to stop stressing about what’ll happen when things go wrong and start thinking about how awesome life will be when they go right. Think about the amazing summer you will have when the exams are out of the way and you know you have tried your best.

If you believe in yourself you do not have to fear any challenge. Keep preparing well, it is never too late to turn a grade. Remember my mantra in assembly this year,  “Play to the end”.

Here are some top tips on the day of your exams:

15 Tips for Succeeding on the Day of the Exam:

Exam Tip 1

Wake up early so that you do not need to rush through having breakfast and getting ready.

Exam Tip 2

Check the rooms and time of the exam to make sure that you have not confused the day/time/venue.

Exam Tip 3

Have a balanced breakfast. Bananas are always a good option.

Exam Tip 4

Before leaving home, check that you have everything that you will need – water bottle, hanky etc.

Exam Tip 5

Head to the exam with plenty of time. A lot of unexpected events can happen on your way there and you do not want to be late!

Exam Tip 6

If there are people around who are panicking, avoid them. They are not doing you any favour!

Exam Tip 7

Go to the toilet before the exam starts. Exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.

Exam Tip 8

Read all the questions carefully before starting and quickly plan how much time to allocate to each.

Exam Tip 9

If your brain freezes, just start writing anything and you will soon start remembering more details.

Exam Tip 10

Don’t spend more time than you planned on a particular section/question or you might run out of time to answer other questions and gain those extra marks!

Exam Tip 11

Use every minute of the exam and if you have time left, check, check and check again.

Exam Tip 12

Stay calm, you have done your homework and have nothing to fear!

Exam Tip 13

Please do not take your phones to bed with you – it really does affect the quality of your sleep.

There is a saying: Don’t stress, do your best, forget the rest. Remember this when you’ll start your exam, just stay calm, write what you know and hope that you pass! Instead of stressing out and jinxing yourself for the worst, just focus of studying hard and beating everyone to come first. These days, an exam is not only a test of your academic knowledge, it is a test of your calmness, stability and courage.

Studying hard is the best form of luck that you can ever have. So, what are you waiting for? Awesome students like you never need luck to be by their sides – by studying hard, (and eating lots of pizza, Year 11!) you create your own destiny. Go for it Priory students, with hearts as brave as yours, no test can take you down. We totally believe in you. Be awesome!

Mrs McBride

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