Monday, 12 January 2009

Revision for the Business Studies exam

This is what you should do before the Business Studies exam tomorrow:

1. Check you can a) define and b) fully explain every business term in the syllabus. This is worth about 20% of the marks.

2. Check this again and again and again.

3. Read through all your marked and returned homework - see where your mistakes were. How you rushed things. How you were too lazy to give of your best. Vow not to make that mistake again.

4. Look through the work you did today - where most of you failed the mock. Double-check your exam technique and the list of possible mistakes/weaknesses.

5. Go to the AQA site and look through the Candidate Exemplars - make sure you fully understand what will get you high marks.

6. Re-read the syllabus - especially the 'amplification' section so you really DO know four types of market, factors to consider when sampling etc.

7. Go to the papers from the old syllabus at and look at the longer questions. 50% of your marks are for the 'discuss' questions. Are you 100% sure you can focus on the topic and discuss the advantages/disadvantages?

8. Go through your calculations. Do you know what 100% is if 1% is £9m? (Some Chinese Mathematics students seem to find this too difficult!)

9. Make sure you take a dictionary with you, unless you have regularly been blogging, you'll probably need it.

10. Remind yourself that always, always, always relate your answer to the case study.

11. Re-read your textbook - 82 pages BUT about 30 of those are homework exercises.

12. Late morning find someone else to study with and refresh your knowledge of definitions.

13. Do NOT attend morning classes. Aim for about 3-5 hours of study in the morning but make it varied so you're not too tired. Definitions, comparisons, analysis - make sure you fully understand the key words.

In the exam....

1. Check you're not spending more than 90 seconds per mark. The numerical questions can probably be done in half the time.

2. For the longer questions you may need extra paper - ask for it.

3. Do NOT ramble on and on and on (Mary!) without actually getting to the point.

4. If you think examples not from the paper would be relevant and you cannot remember any then 'remember' ones from your own country

5. Always show your workings for numerical questions and always, always state the formula.

6. Define your terms in all questions!

7. Under no circumstances leave early. You may think you have finished but there is always room for more.

8. Be careful with your spelling!

9. Do not leave early and go chasing girls round the boarding school!


  1. may I come to the morning BS classes?
    otherwise I will just sleep.

  2. Chris, its Laura, I found the exams really hard! Laura


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