A final welcome to the last entry for the PE blog! Congratulations on making it to your exams (you did it!!). I’m sure the revision process has had its ups and downs (mine certainly did) and that, in amongst the excitement and nerves, you’re a little bit relieved to finally be able to sit down and take your exam and be finished!
Year 12 is always a challenging year, and I know that you guys as the class of 2020 have faced an additional set of challenges, to say the least. The way you have adapted and persevered is amazing and I’ve been so impressed with each one of you that I have met through lectures and if you’ve followed along with the blog.
Your exam day is coming up soon (make sure you have triple checked the date and time) and my final message to you is to allow yourself to feel confident and prepared. You’ve done all the work, the hard part is behind you, all that’s left now is 2 hours of writing. You’ve got this!
It is absolutely normal to feel nervous about your exam and to worry about it. Try to accept that nerves are part of the process (every year 12 in Victoria is feeling just as nervous as you) and trust that you’ll do your best on the day.
Remember the importance of positive self-talk – what you say about yourself and to yourself does matter and it will impact how you feel walking into the exam. Build yourself up. Give yourself some praise, you’ve earned it. Also avoid talking to others before the exam if this is going to make you feel stressed, take a minute for yourself.
As a final offering, I thought I would share some of the notes that were on my corrections sheet (personal log of things learned in practice exams) for PE:
1. Don’t start heart rate graph at zero.
2. Use terminology.
3. Use definitions.
4. No symbols (e.g. arrows).
5. Comparison = what is similar and what is different.
6. Evaluation = strengths and weaknesses.
7. Read question carefully (are they asking for a cardiovascular adaptation or a muscular adaptation).
8. Refer to data.
9. Look at data, don’t assume.
10. Link answer back to question (sporting example).
11. Talk about both things if explaining why one thing is better than another (e.g. energy systems) (whereas questions).
12. State yes or no if the question asks you to.
13. Explain things fully unless the task work in the question is list.
My advice for after you’ve finished the exam is to never think about it again (at least not for a long time) and let yourself have a nice break, and maybe a milo.
Congratulations again for making it to the final exam! Good luck for the paper, and good luck for everything beyond that. Remember to be kind to yourself, to take care of yourself and those around you. Take a deep breath, give yourself a pat on the back, and go get it!!