Whether you’re studying for your GCSE or A-level Japanese examination, here are some useful tips that we found essential for getting the grade:
- Know your kanji! It may seem dead obvious, but
there’s a reason why you need to be up-to-date with all the kanji that’s part
of your specification. You never want to be in a position when you’re reading a
passage and understand everything until you see one character that could
completely change the meaning of the text. Also, being able to write high-level
kanji will give you the top marks!
- Practice using a variety of structures.
Understanding and utilising structures correctly is very highly regarded and so,
so important when it comes to the writing section of your exam. A good revision
tip is to make note cards of the structures as they’re effective at being a
quick reference to refresh your memory of how to use a structure.
- Time yourself. If you have a problem with time
management, you should definitely try doing practice questions under timed
conditions. If you find that you go over the time limit, make a note of how
much left of the paper you have left to do and finish the paper. Find the sections
that you seem to take the longest at and practice these.
- Group study sessions! Doing a revision session
with others who study Japanese can be so effective as you can be in a casual
environment and become the teacher as you all help each other with your