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Top tips for succeeding this exam season!

By hannahk 13 Jan 2022

 It’s officially assessment period and lots of you will be preparing for upcoming assessments and exams. It can be a stressful time but we have lots of advice that we hope can help you feel prepared!

1. Utilise the time you have available

It might sound obvious but make the most of the time you have to prepare. This doesn’t mean cram every minute of the day or stay up all night writing essays, but instead consider the time you have between now and your assessment and how you can best use it. To motivate yourself, set realistic and achievable objectives for the day. It can be tempting to set ambitious objectives but it can also be disappointing if you do not meet them.

If you are feeling as though you could have used your time better so far, don’t dwell on this! Make sure that you focus your energy on what you can achieve in the time you have available.

2. Find your revision style

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to revise or prepare for assessments. We all have different ways to prepare and it’s worth considering your revision style and what works best for you e.g. do you work best in groups or alone, in the morning or evening? Don’t worry if this takes time to work out - it’s a skill that you can improve on over time.

3. Look after yourself!

It’s really important that you take care of yourself during what can be a stressful time. This is to make sure that have the energy and motivation that you need to tackle an essay or assessment. For example, try to fuel yourself with nutritious food and drink plenty of water. Rest is really important so try get a good night’s sleep the night before an exam.

As well as this, make sure that you reward yourself after a day of revision e.g. watch your favourite programme, read some of your book, try a new recipe or meet up with friends.

4. Fuel yourself

The type of food you eat can affect your energy levels and ability to concentrate – both of which are really important at this time. For inspiration, check out some exam fuel recipe ideas we have put together here.

5. Find extra resources to support your studies

The libraries have a series of online webinars to expand your skillset e.g. how to reference, how to take notes successfully. You can arrange to speak to a Librarian Liaison for advice specific to your subject area.

Canvas also has a range of tutorials available.

6. Seek support if you need it

It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious in the lead up to exams and assessments. There are lots of ways you can manage those feelings e.g. doing exercise, going for a walk and getting some fresh air. Use breathing techniques and mindfulness can also help you relax. Take a look at this quick 5 minute meditation session to start.

Remember that the University has lots of support in place for students during assessment period. Student Services are available to provide students with advice and support on both academic and non-academic matters. Click here to find out how Student Services can help.

For further guidance and contacts for wellbeing support and resources – click here.

Wishing you the very best of luck – Halls Life team.



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