firstpoint’s five points about exam and assessment preparation…

POINT ONE: MAKE A PLAN…

Organisation is the key!

Speak with your Personal Academic Tutor and module tutors about revision topics. Sometimes it’s possible to revise particular topic areas rather than a broader range so it’s always worth getting advice from your tutors. Find out if there are any practice questions available, getting used to the structure and style will help you to prepare.

Work out what kind of revision works for you – are you a note taker or a reader, do you like highlighters or post it notes, does it help to put things up on the walls or perhaps you can revise with friends in a group?  

Set yourself specific revision times and do not leave it to the last minute.

POINT TWO: USE STUDY GUIDES…

If you just don’t know where to start, we have lots of useful study guides available on the Study Skills website. These cover topics like essay writing, minimising stress, organisation, taking notes and perhaps most importantly, starting your assignment and what does the question mean? Why not have a look to see if there is anything that could help you.

POINT THREE: SPEAK WITH OTHER STUDENTS…

Need a change of scene? Visit Fancy A Cuppa in firstpoint, on Tuesday and Thursday.  It’s a chance to meet with others and share tips for keeping well and avoiding stress.

POINT FOUR: LOOK AFTER YOURSELF…

Get enough sleep, lack of sleep can have a negative impact on you and make you feel more stressed.  Remember to eat well and regularly, memory and mood can be boosted by eating the right foods.  Keep yourself hydrated – this will help you feel generally better and can affect your energy levels.

Take a look at the University’s Live Well webpage for tips on how to look after yourself.

POINT FIVE: STUDY HAPPY…

Designed to help you study healthier, happier and smarter, Study Happy is a year-round programme of events and advice, designed by Library Services. Find out more from the Study Happy from anywhere video (video 6:28) and Study Happy Resource List.