The night before
Only attempt to do light revision using your revision notes and try not to do any totally new revision.
Get all the equipment you need ready the night before. The last thing you want in the morning is to be rushing around trying to find things.
Try to get a normal nights sleep (if you can!)
On the day
Get up in plenty of time
When you leave home make sure you've got with you everything you need for the exam.
If you want to, do some last minute revision by flicking through your revision notes.
Ease yourself gently into the exam and resist the temptation to start answering the first question immediately.
Don't worry about your classmates who may already be scribbling away.
If necessary take a couple of minutes to write down anything you are afraid of forgetting.
If you are the sort of person who freezes in exams or finds that your mind goes blank, it may be better for you to get writing as quickly as possible so that you can get your ideas flowing.
Read the instructions carefully
Read the whole paper through carefully, noting all the instructions about the number and choice of questions.
If you have a choice of questions, select and mark those questions you feel confident that you are able to answer well.
Decide on your question order then start by answering the questions you know you can answer well. This gives you more time to think about the difficult questions and boosts your confidence.
Budget your time
Always take a watch in with you.
Before the exam, work out roughly how much time you can devote to each question or section. This will depend on: how much time you have for the whole exam, the total number of questions, the type and the difficulty of each question and the marks given to each question.
Don't fall into the trap of spending the most time trying to answer the questions about which you know very little.
Tackle the questions
Read every question at least twice, picking out the key words.
Think about the question and analyse it before you get into your answer.
Get a sense of how long and detailed an answer is expected.
For essay-type questions outline the main points you intend to include in your answer> Without an outline you are likely to stray from the point or forget important points.
Remember to stick to what the question is asking!