Exam preparation top tips!

With the exam period looming many of you will be gearing up for late night revision sessions, and strong coffee to get you through. To help aid your revision we’ve come up with a few key tips:

  • Allow yourself enough time to revise – make sure you plan your revision in advance, maybe by creating a study timetable, rather than trying to cram in everything you have learnt over the past few months into one evening! This will ensure that you’ll be less stressed and that you can give sufficient time to revise for each exam.
  • Organize your study space – have everything you need to study effectively (stationary, notes, books). Get rid of all distractions and make sure that you are in your optimum study environment, whether that be in your room, the library, in a group, in silence or with music.
  • Take regular breaks – studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge regular breaks do help!
  • Use flow charts and diagrams to help visualise your work – Getting your ideas down in a brief format will help you to recall key points during the exam.
  • Practice old exams – by doing so you can familiarise yourself with the format of the exam and the length of time you’ll have to complete it.

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Managing exam stress … don’t panic!

As the exam period looms, many of you will be calling the library your second home, and pints of beer would’ve been replaced with cups of coffee! You maybe feeling stressed or anxious about your exams, which to a degree is fine and only natural. A little bit of stress can motivate you to study, however, too much can affect your health and exam performance. To help you keep on track, here’s a few pointers to combat exam stress.

If you would like any exam support the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) will have a member of staff on Level 2 in the Library (in the Centre, with all the staff in blue t-shirts) every day during the Summer Term between 11am and 1pm for any student wanting exam support or help with revision, exam technique or other learning queries and issues. Also, students can also book a 1-1 meeting with a learning advisor throughout the exam term through SLAS – further details available at the link below;


8 tips to help you stay calm and focussed

  1. Leave plenty of time to revise – Try and schedule in time to revise for each exam, maybe draw up a revision timetable, rather than cramming it all in at the last minute. This will boost your confidence, knowing you have revised thoroughly.
  2. Experiment with different revision techniques – There are many different types of techniques you can use to revise; spider diagrams, flash cards, visual aids, you just need to find the best one for you.
  3. Take a break– It may seem like studying 24/7 is the best thing to do, but taking regular breaks will help you to stay focussed and make you feel refreshed.
  4. Avoid too much caffeine and sugary foods – Caffeine will ‘hype’ you, and make your thoughts less clear and sugary foods will only give you a quick energy boost, followed by the sugar ‘lows’. Instead eat healthily, with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Nuts are also a great energy booster, try having a handful of raw, unsalted almonds, cashews or pecans.
  5. Do regular exercise to clear your mind – You might feel too tired to exercise, but regular exercise will make you feel less tired in the long run, and you’ll have more energy. Even a single 15-minute walk can give you an energy boost, and the benefits increase with more frequent physical activity. Try out some yoga, tai chi or relaxation techniques. They will help to keep you feeling calm and may improve your sleep pattern.
  6. Sleep well – Getting enough sleep is vital when revising, try and get eight hours and you’ll feel a lot better for it.
  7. Don’t keep things bottled up – If you feel overwhelmed or that you are struggling to cope, don’t keep it to yourself. Speak to an academic advisor, friend, family member or university support. The Student Learning Advisory Service is running drop in sessions throughout the summer term (please see above for more info.).
  8. Keep things in perspective – The exams might seem like the most crucial thing right now, but in the grander scheme of your whole life they are only a small part.