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Exam Advice

Exam Advice- School

Exam Advice

Advice for:

Staff for Students with AS

Planning for Exams

Exams are an important part of school life and can be very stressful especially for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum

Exams:

  • May interrupt a student’s familiar routine
  • They can be unpredictable in their content
  • Can create extra demands on self-organisation

 

 

 

Advice for Staff for AS pupils….

  • Plan exam concessions in advance
  • Plan a revision timetable with them
  • Plan timed revision sessions (30-45 minutes maximum)
  • Have a set of resources available eg pens etc a place to store their equipment
  • Use a Social Story to explain the exam process
  • Practise with past exam papers
  • Make an exam timetable
  • Have an exam equipment list written in their planner with their timetable
  • Role play an exam situation
  • Visits to the exam area

How school can help

  • Help the pupil to set up the revision/relaxation timetable
  • If appropriate encourage revision with another pupil or study support group
  • Read the Social Story regularly
  • Establish good routines supported by ‘rules’ for situations
  • Keep lines of communication open between home and school
  • Allow and encourage access to a “safe haven”
  • Use a reward system based on a pupil’s special interests after the exams
  • Have a named mentor

 

 

 

How school can help

You can apply for exam dispensations available for pupils with ASD, e.g:

  •  Extra time
  •  Option to sit in a smaller room
  •  Adult prompter
  •  Use of keyboard
  • Rest breaks

If appropriate the school can provide:

A quiet ‘space’ and adult support (if needed) before and after the exam
Revision ‘clubs’
A learning mentor to support home/school liaison
The use of a laptop
The minimum of change during the exam period

Exam Advice- Parents

Exam Advice

Advice for:

Parents/carers of children with AS

Planning for Exams

 

Exams are an important part of school life, they help a student prepare for their future.  They can also help in gaining entry into college or a job.

 

Exams:

  • May interrupt a student’s familiar routine
  • They can be unpredictable in their content
  • Can create extra demands on self-organisation

 

 

 Careful planning is

essential when

preparing for exams

 

Advice for Parents

 

  • Help create a good study environment. Somewhere calm and quiet, well lit, with a good temperature, and fresh air, free from distractions e.g televisions, telephones and younger siblings.
  • Encourage your child to study in places other than their bedroom as  this may encourage a better sleep pattern
  • Make the family aware of what the changes will mean to you all
  • Talk to staff in school about support
  • Reassure your child that you want to help them do their best and there are always chances to re-sit exams

 

 

 

 

  

 

 How home can help

 

  • Help your child to set up a revision/relaxation timetable
  • Plan timed revision sessions (30-45 minutes maximum)
  • Alternate revision sessions with a    favourite relaxation activity e.g. music
  • Help make an exam timetable. Put it on their wall. LOOK AT IT
  • Have an exam equipment list written on their timetable
  • Practise with past exam papers
  • If appropriate encourage revision at home with a friend
  • Establish good routines supported by‘rules’ for situations
  • Keep lines of communication open    between home and school
  • Prompt your child to check that they have the right equipment for each exam
  • Try and provide regular healthy meals and snacks
  • Use a reward system based on your child’s special interests after the exams

 

 

 

 

How school can help

 

You can apply for exam dispensations available for pupils with ASD, e.g:

  - Extra time

  - Option to sit in a smaller room

  - Adult prompter

  - Use of keyboard

  - Rest breaks

 

If appropriate the school can provide:

  • A quiet ‘space’ and adult support (if needed) before and after the exam
  • Revision ‘clubs’
  • A learning mentor to support home/school liaison
  • The use of a laptop
  • The minimum of change during the exam period

Exam Advice- Students

Exam Advice

Advice for:

Students with AS

Planning for Exams

 Exams are an important part of school life, they help you prepare for your future.  It is important to keep a record of what you have learnt and this is why we take exams. It can also help you gain entry into college or a job.

 

Exams:

  • May interrupt your familiar routine
  • They can be unpredictable in their content
  • Can create extra demands on self-organisation
  • May make you feel  more anxious

Careful planning is

essential when

preparing for exams

 

 Advice for Students

  • Make an exam timetable. Put it on your wall. LOOK AT IT
  • Plan a revision timetable
  • Plan timed revision sessions (30-45 minutes maximum)
  • Organise revision materials
  • Revise with a friend or attend study groups and after school clubs
  • Use a Dictaphone to record study notes
  • Practise with past exam papers
  • Have an exam equipment list written on your timetable
  • Talk to a member of staff

 

 

 Revision Techniques

 

Helpful Hints:

  • Colour code notes
  • Use highlighter pens to mark key ideas
  • Use coloured ‘Post its’
  • Make mind maps and spider webs
  • Make flow Charts
  • Tape record notes
  • Use past papers, practise which questions to answer first. It might be helpful to colour code the questions using a traffic light system e.g.

          - Green = I can answer this question first.

          - Orange = This question will need a bit more time

          - Red = I don’t think I can answer this one

How you can help yourself

 

 What is exam stress?

  • Stress is a natural part of being   human.
  • It is your body responding to changes in the world around you.
  • Small amounts of stress can help us become motivated into working

 

Stress Busting Tips

  • Breathing (take deep breaths)
  • Time to relax
  • Regular comfort breaks
  • Make sure you eat well and drink plenty of water
  • Try to make sure you get enough sleep
  • Alternate revision sessions with a  favourite relaxation activity e.g music
  • Take a walk
  • Revise somewhere other than your bedroom, this will help you sleep  better at night