For A Level college students in London and around the UK, summer exams are treated as the ‘main event’. Students have a lot riding on the outcome, so it makes sense that these exams are one of the main focal points in the academic year. But what about mocks? They may not put your university place in jeopardy, but they are still extremely important. Here’s why:
Mocks help to establish what you know, and what you don’t
Regular tests are a good way to find out where your strengths are, as well as identifying the areas that require attention. Doing this at various points throughout the year gives students plenty of time to adjust to the pressure of final exams.
Mocks are a good way to hone your revision techniques
When revising for exams, it is important for A Level college students to find a technique that works best for them. Having mocks throughout the year is the perfect way to find out what works, and what doesn’t, so that when summer revision comes around, you will have a system that has been tried and tested.
Mocks take the pressure off
Although mock exam conditions are slightly different to summer exams, they are still good practice. When A Level college students sit mock exams in a controlled environment, it is good preparation for the conditions they will face for their final assessments in the summer. Getting familiar with this kind of setting will make the end of year exams less daunting.
So whilst your mock exams and their results don’t have the same impact on your future as your summer exams, they are still important. They prepare you for what is to come, and without preparation, your summer exams will be more stressful than they need to be.
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