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Practising exam questions is always dull for both the pupil and teacher. It is often hard to get pupils motivated to answer particularly the longer exam style questions. A simple tip I have picked up is to cut up pieces of lined paper according to the number of lines pupils would have to write on in the exam. For example, a GCSE question worth 8 marks often provides 16 lines for writing.
Next, put all the longer exam questions into a lucky dip and allow pupils to pick one out. If they are responsible for their own fate, the teacher seems less of a slave driver. Before getting them to answer the question, set an egg timer or display a count down timer on the board such as this one http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-timer/
The timer, especially if it makes a loud ticking noise, provides a sense of urgency and encourages pupils to take exam practice seriously, work in silence and remain on task.
Do you have any ways of practising exam questions you would like to share?