We’ve compiled the advice of our bloggers to help you on QCS day. Good luck Year 12s!
“Fuel your brain before QCS with a nice big breakfast – you’ll stay focused longer and your tummy won’t be roaring all morning. #foodforthought”
“If you’ve read about it, write about it! Impress the markers with references to books you’v read. But, as always, keep it relevant!”
“Don’t stress, you won’t get questions like this at QCS.”
“Don’t be afraid to apply for special provision before taking the test to suit you. Get a bigger paper if your eyes aren’t perfect… even if the paper is bigger than you! #stressless”
Imogen had to apply early for this, due to extenuating circumstances. There are specific cut-off dates, but you may still be able to apply. You won’t know unless you ask.
“Being dehydrated by as little as 2% can negatively affect your brain’s performance. Be smarter by remembering to drink water during the QCS test. Just remember, no labels!”
“Stressing that QCS is going to be a nightmare? Dreaming of a day when writing stimulus is a thing of the past? Treat yourself to a night in with your favourite pyjamas with your comfiest pillows. Even my teddy knows that getting enough sleep is crucial to a fresh and focused mind, especially the night before a big exam or test. It is far better mental preparation in those remaining 24 hours to get enough rest than it is to stay up late hour cramming. And he doesn’t have a brain nearly as big as yours Good luck.”
“We believe that you can be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods … but ALWAYS have a plan! Show the QCS what you’re made of.”
“You can’t concentrate if you’re not relaxed and well-fed!!!”
Student blogger Maddie recommends taking the time to have a good feed in prep for QCS. A full stomach makes all the difference – and it’s a good excuse to take a break and eat some glorious pizza, too!
“It’s a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation and now, I’m passing it on to all of you. After QCS it is important—no, in fact, it is necessary—that you reward yourself with a Mars Bar. After all those months of stressing, it’s the ultimate sugar boost that everyone deserves for finally making it through QCS. But in all honesty, it really is important to set yourself rewards for completing QCS. It gives you something else to work hard for and look forward to, beyond a simple pat on the back for overcoming the inevitable QCS stress. Good luck, and may the Mars Bar get you through these times.”
“Keep calm and stress less before the QCS test (rhyme intended).”
Read more QCS tips from our past bloggers.