Making the most of your Specification

The specification is published by your examination board. It details all the areas of your subject that you might encounter in the exam papers you plan to sit. You will find details of where to download your specification in the introduction section of your course folder.

Your specification is referred to in each lesson on the front page. In the context section, it details the codes from the specification which the lesson covers. This probably won’t mean very much to you when you are working through the lessons initially, but it becomes invaluable when it comes to revision at the end of the course.

You will find the specification most useful when it comes to revision, once you have completed all the lessons and TMAs. You might want to print out a copy so you can tick off each statement from the specification when you are satisfied you understand the work. Another approach is to cut out each statement and then stick it on to the relevant page of your revision notes. It can also be used to highlight the areas you know you have trouble understanding. Make a note of the statement you feel uncomfortable with and speak to your tutor about it. By following the specification during your revision you can be confident that you have covered every part you may come across in the exam.

When it comes to exam technique, being familiar with the specification can be a real help. In many cases the best answer to a question is a statement taken almost exactly from the specification. This becomes clear when you refer to the mark scheme of any past papers you do. The more you read over your specification and refer to it as you revise, the better able you will be to write your answers in the terms the examiners are looking for.

The specification is such a useful document:  use it as much as you can to help you to achieve the grades you want.

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