December 4, 2015, by Paisley Beeching
The R word
Halloween, with all its wonderful fancy dress, has passed, and the Christmas music is playing in all the shops. It only means one thing to students – exam time is approaching! The feeling of dread begins to grow around this time of year, as students realise, it’s time to start revising. Here are just a few tips and tricks to make revision go as smoothly as possible
Start revising now (if you haven’t already)
Revision is boring, but it needs to be done. If you build your knowledge up gradually you’ll feel far more prepared going into exams than cramming every powerpoint slide into the last 24 hours.
Know your exam
If it’s multiple choice, don’t learn essay plans and justifications for points you may make. If its essay based, make sure you know more than just the basic facts. Lecturers are bound to offer advice on the best way to revise and sit the exams. They know what they are talking about – follow their advice!
It’s likely you’ve sat exams before – don’t think you have to change the way you revise now because you are at university. If you work best by making mind maps, don’t start writing notes over and over again. Revise the way that works best for you!
Revision can be stressful and it’s certainly no fun if you get ill! Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and are still eating properly – it can be very easy to fall into the habit of snacking on chocolate! Keep healthy, and keep the cold and sickness at bay. If the stress is getting to you, Nightline is also a great place to turn to.
Don’t let the pressure get to you! Take a break once in a while and do something to relax. Maybe go out for a coffee, or stick on a movie – Christmas movies are always a great idea!
You can find more help and information about exams on the Academic Services webpages.
This was first posted by Paisley in 2014.