Exams can be pretty intimidating for students. When there’s
so much to learn for so many different subjects the pressure builds quickly. This
article will cover exam tips for teachers and how to help your students revise
for their big exams.
Talk About Different Learning Styles
Every student learns in their own way. There are four learning styles that you should discuss with your class, visual learning, auditory learning, reading/writing learning, and kinesthetic learning. Take some time to discuss how each learning style works and encourage your students to experiment with all of them before their exam period begins. This way they will know what works best for them before they need to start revising.
Set Mini Exams
Giving your students new worksheets or mini exams to complete in exam conditions is a good way for them to consolidate what they have revised so far, get them used to the pressure of writing in exam conditions, and it is a good way for students to see how much they have learned. Have each mini exam cover certain sections can help students structure their learning schedules and may even serve as a confidence boost if they do well.
Use Interactive Means of Teaching
Don’t just stand in front of the class and read notes with them. Find a way to get them to show how much they have learned. Have students teach the class, set up Q&A sessions led by the students and be there to help them with anything they get stuck on, have students discuss their learning techniques, etc. These types of activities are a great way for your students to showcase what they have learned in interesting ways.
Motivate Your Students
Your students need to feel confident in themselves. They need to know that they have what it takes to learn everything and pass their exams with the right amount of work and dedication. Explain to your students why exams are important. Exams add variety to student learning, they help students and educators find weak points and correct them, they help students consolidate everything they have learned, they are an efficient and effective way of evaluating student progress and are used to provide valuable statistics. By breaking exams down to their bare bones like this, students may be less intimidated by them.
Covering the syllabus is only one part of preparing your students for their exams. Taking the time to help them find the best ways to revise, consolidate their learning and test them effectively makes a huge difference in a student’s confidence. Using these tips, you will be able to ease your students’ nerves and get them ready to ace their exams. For more teaching advice you can access our free CPD courses, available for all registered candidates, on our website. Register today to take the next step in your education career and find the teaching position you’ve been dreaming of.