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Exams!

Bring back memories?

For many of us the thought of exams fills us with dread, fear, anxiety &/or worry. School examinations; long rows of table & chairs, the clock ticking away, sometimes leaving confident, other times feeling hopeless on a achieving a pass. When I set up The Core Academy I promised to ensure examinations were as holistic as possible.


Friday a group of learners including myself & another tutor sat the level 3 combined assessment - Anatomy & Physiology/Nutrition. Now all learners are invited to make a drink (non alcoholic I may add lol), get themselves comfortable (seated on a chair, floor, core ball), shoes on or off. I m serious, my feelings, as long as there are no materials out, phones are off or on silent, the room is quiet does the environment have to add to the stress? Not in my opinion & I’ve received much positive feedback in this style.


Now let me comment on the questions. Let’s clear something up. Yes now the learners do not have to answer as many. Many years ago you would be expected to answer 40-50 questions on A&P and 30 on nutrition. Now it’s 20 questions on A&P and 10 questions on nutrition. Some may think standards have dropped but what I will say is as follows;


With YMCA Awards every learner entered into an exam gets their own paper generated. All papers are externally marked. There is no workbook, open book or internal marking. The learners have to know the answers and with less questions it means less room for error to ensure you reach the pass mark. With the new specification from YMCA Awards learners have to read & understand their A&P. Having took our first cohort of learners through the new syllabus I feel positive the skills they learn give a strong foundation for them to expand into specific areas. I have enjoyed watching the new PTs teach small group, build a portfolio & develop their business plan.


My top tips for reducing exam stress.

1. Revise! May sound silly but read your manuals, highlight & make notes.

2. Complete mock papers to build confidence.

3. The night before get a good nights sleep. 4. Day of the exam take some time to relax yourself, keep your mind pre occupied.

5. At the start of the exam, read the questions (Ie notice key words). Complete the questions you are confident on, leave those you have to think about. Check your answers, work out how many you feel are confidently correct, then work through the remaining answers. Once complete, check your answers.


Remember as I tell my son, exams are an opportunity to highlight what you know. No one is perfect & use the experience to identify your areas of further development.


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