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Provides an easy-to-follow set of strategies and techniques that build to a plan for achieving your best possible exam performance. It gives practical step-by-step guidance in long-term planning for optimal performance through to last minute revision strategies. This fully updated, two-colour edition includes two brand new chapters.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Abstract
This book takes a completely different approach to exams. It looks at them through the filter of extra-ordinary experience, which can lead to exceptional personal performance.
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Chapter 2. Where do I start?

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • identifying where to start in your exam preparation
  • understanding exams, why they are set and their potential benefits
  • developing self-awareness about ‘exam success’
  • identifying programme expectations
  • identifying resources you need for exam preparation
  • recognising the most appropriate environment for you to work in
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Chapter 3. Getting in ‘the zone’ (i): Planning for peak performance

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • understanding the concept of ‘peak performance’
  • considering the experience of ‘the zone’
  • identifying your own response to ‘critical moments’ that affect peak performance
  • evaluating your personal characteristics for managing peak performance
  • formulating a plan to help you achieve your best performance
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Chapter 4. Getting in ‘the zone’ (ii): Frames of mind for peak performance

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • understanding the importance of attitude to exam performance
  • developing self-awareness about your attitude to exams
  • identifying triggers that are likely to promote or inhibit the right frame of mind
  • keeping exams in perspective
  • setting realistic goals
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Chapter 5. Exam myths and realities

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • demystifying the exam process
  • understanding how to interpret rumours about exams — and why these arise
  • gaining a clearer understanding of the variety of ways in which people approach exams
  • developing and maintaining your confidence in the face of potential attempts to unsettle you
  • identifying unhelpful attitudes and strategies, so that you can avoid these
  • identifying approaches for particular aspects of exam strategy
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Chapter 6. What are examiners looking for?

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • demystifying the exam process
  • understanding how examiners mark exam answers and allocate marks
  • considering the implications for your own exam strategy
  • recognising characteristics of good exam answers
  • understanding the words used in exam questions
  • interpreting exam questions
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Chapter 7. Revision strategies

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • understanding what is meant by revision
  • recognising common mistakes, to help you avoid these
  • preparing a revision timetable
  • identifying different ways of revising
  • making revision a more interesting and enjoyable experience
  • revising with other people
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Chapter 8. Memory: Remembering what we want, when we need it

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • understanding your memory so you can use it more effectively
  • managing memory anxiety
  • identifying what you need to remember for exams
  • training your memory to improve recall
  • devising mnemonics to recall details
  • building knowledge architectures to support your memory efficiency
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Chapter 9. Structured revision sessions

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • recognising the importance of planning your revision sessions
  • identifying practical revision activities
  • improving your information management to support revision
  • planning individual revision sessions
  • developing a revision strategy that builds on previous revision sessions
  • using practice questions and mock exams effectively
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Chapter 10. Stress, health and performance

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • recognising signs of stress
  • identifying possible causes of stress
  • identifying actions you can take to manage stress and anxiety
  • developing techniques to create mental calm
  • understanding the links between health, stress and performance
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11. Getting in ‘the zone’ (iii): Seeing success

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • preparing a state of mind that promotes exam success
  • identifying how you achieve at your best
  • using ‘imaging techniques’ to help your exam preparation
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Chapter 12. The exam

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • managing your time effectively before the exam
  • undertaking emergency revision measures if you started your revision late
  • making final preparations for the exam
  • using exam time effectively
  • selecting and answering questions
  • finding answers to frequently asked questions
  • learning from the exam to improve future performance
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Chapter 13. Multiple choice question exams (MCQs)

Abstract
This chapter supports you in:
  • understanding what examiners are looking for in multiple choice exams
  • knowing how multiple choice questions are structured
  • interpreting different kinds of multiple choice questions
  • revising for MCQ exams
  • devising strategies for managing MCQ exams
  • getting into the zone for MCQ exams
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Chapter 14. Managing different types of exam

Abstract
This chapter supports you in preparing for:
  • ‘open book’ and resource-based exams
  • oral examinations
  • oral examinations with presentations
  • oral examinations with posters
  • short answer tests
  • technical questions
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