As exams approach, we’d like to share some exam tips created by the Lifelong Learning Centre Academic Skills Team.

  1. The night before, don’t start revising new topics – stick to summarising your knowledge. Check the location of your exam via the link on Minerva and make sure you know where to go.
  2. Leave plenty of time for winding down and getting a good night’s sleep. Set one or more alarms to ensure you are up in plenty of time to get to the exam.
  3. Eat a meal before your exam – the brain needs calories to function!
  4. In the hours and minutes before the exam, do things or spend time with people that relax you.
  5. Once you’re at the exam, focusing on rhythmic breathing and telling yourself that you can do this may prevent or ease nerves.
  6. Read through the entire exam first, jotting down your ideas and noting how many questions you need to do and what they are worth.
  7. Allocate time to each answer according to how much they are worth, leaving 5-10 minutes spare for checking your answers at the end.
  8. Where there are choices of questions, read the options carefully, highlighting key words, making sure you understand the questions before choosing.
  9. Plan responses to essay questions by brainstorming what you might include, then creating an outline. Having an outline to work from will guide your writing and help your essay to be well-structured.
  10. If you are running out of time, try to attempt all questions even if you can’t finish them. Writing a list of what you would have put in your answer is better that not writing any answer at all.

Good luck! And don’t forget to see our full revision and exams guide to find out more about exam preparation, writing in exams, and looking after your wellbeing during this busy time!

What are your pre-exam techniques to calm down? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!