Religion can be a daunting exam to do, and for many students it is more challenging than other subjects. It requires you to think deeply about the questions and try to read in between the lines. It is definitely possible to do really well in the exam though, and in this guide, Cillian shares some tips and advice with you to help you get the best grade that you possibly can, hopefully an A!
Timing is crucial if you want to get the best result possible. In the Religion exam, if you do not manage your time wisely, you will struggle to complete it. Here is the maximum amount of time that you should spend on each section:
Section 1: Short Questions (15 minutes) *
Section 2: Picture Questions (15 minutes)
Section 3: Comprehension (15 minutes)
Section 4: Long Questions (55 minutes)
Section 5: Essay Question (20 minutes)
*I used to try to complete the short questions in 5 minutes as this gave me extra time to focus on the essay question in Section 5 and other difficult questions on the paper.
Practice the questions from previous years on Studyclix, especially the short questions. I found that by practicing the short questions, I could get through them much quicker on the day of the exam, leaving more time to concentrate on the long questions.
Have a look at the marking schemes from previous years so you can see what exactly the examiner is looking for.
I would definitely recommend learning the definitions of the key concepts off by heart as these can help to improve your answers immensely. Try to include these in your answers particularly the section 5 essay.
Always read through the paper before getting stuck into it. This helped me to generate ideas for answers for some of the long questions. You can also be thinking about the essay question while completing the rest of the paper.
Start with the short questions first, as this will help to get you warmed up for the rest of the paper. It will also help you to recall the information that you studied for the exam more easily.
If you have time, make sure that you read back over your answers and that you answered each question correctly. You should also add in some things to your answers to improve them if time allows.
Best of luck, you'll be great!
To read all of Cillian's tips, click here.
The Studyclix team