We all know that past papers should be the foundation of your revision strategy. There’s no better way to prepare for an exam. But how do you make the most of them?
It’s all very well completing practice questions, but working out where and why you went wrong is how you really improve. If you don’t have a teacher or tutor on hand to explain, it can be hard to make sense of mark schemes. This is because they are written for examiners, not students.
Haven’t got a tutor on hand 24/7? Don’t worry! The Save My Exams Model Answers are here to help...
What are model answers?
Our model answers are written by our subject experts like Ellie (say hi to her below!) and they show you the best way to answer an exam question. They have clear explanations, making it easy for you to correct your mistakes and understand where you went wrong in your answer.
Check out one of our IGCSE Biology model answers and see for yourself!
Where do I find them?
Just look for the Model Answers column in Topic Questions or Past Papers sections for each subject.
How can I use them?
There are two ways you should be using model answers when you revise:
1. Topic questions
Working through questions grouped by topic is a great way to consolidate your knowledge of a particular area.Tackle each question, then compare your answers to the models we provide to see where you could improve or correct any mistakes that you’ve made.
Prioritise the topics you find most challenging – these will be the areas that need most work and therefore most time!
2. Past Papers
As you get closer to the exam, it’s important to recreate the conditions of the real, timed test as this will show you what it’s actually like to sit it and how the questions are linked and laid out.
Once you’ve sat your practice paper, you can use the model answers to help you understand exactly where you went wrong!
Introducing one of the Save My Exams tutors... say hi to Ellie!
A bit about me...
After completing my degree at Oxford University, I followed my passion for education and science and trained to become a science teacher at the UCL Institute of Education, specialising in Chemistry - which everybody knows is the best science (and the most challenging A Level out there!).
I have five years teaching experience at a top independent school in London and I am now delighted to be a contributor for Save My Exams - which is such a fabulous resource for students. I know that one of the most, if not the most, effective way you can revise is from completing LOTS of past paper questions. Save My Exams helps you access these questions, but provides so much more on top too.