Want to do your best in your exams? Effective preparation is the key, says the University Study Advice Team, based on the 1st Floor of the Library.
Prepare for exams
Take advice from the Study Advisers’ guides on preparing for exams, watch one of their bite-size video tutorials, book an individual appointment with them or read a University Library book on the subject, eg:
- ‘Examinations’ in Studying for success (2004) in print or e-book
- The exam skills handbook 2nd ed. (2012)
- Sail through exams! (2004)
- The student’s guide to exam success 2nd ed. (2006)
- Study! : a guide to effective learning, revision and examination techniques (2002)
Five tips for effective revision
- Download past papers from the Examinations Office Past Papers Archive to work out how many topics to revise, how questions are asked, timings and for practice questions.
- Revise effectively to a schedule covering all your selected topics in some depth (rather than a few completely), and utilising your best times of day for concentration.
- Learn actively – think critically and consider how to use what you’re reading to answer an exam question. Keep testing what you know, then look for material to fill gaps.
- Practise, practise, practise writing to a specific time and by hand – find out how much you can write in that time. It is different to writing assignments!
- Be nice to yourself! You need some space for thinking and processing what you’ve learned. To achieve your best results, give yourself time off to exercise, eat and sleep properly… Take the Library stairs, sit outside or try cafélibro or refreshment machines on the Library Ground Floor. However, please don’t eat at your desk – it’s not good for you or the Library environment, although bottled water is OK to have with you.
Space to revise
- The Library is students’ most popular choice. Select which study areas help you revise best: group discussion, quiet or silent study. For the last week of the Easter vacation and in term-time, the Library is open 24-hours, Sunday to Saturday.
- RUSU’s The Study usually opens 24-hours from 09:00 Monday to 21:00 Saturday: see RUSU’s website.
- If the Library is busy or you want an alternative, check extra University exam-time study spaces across campus, arranged by Student Services. Note which operate during the day, evenings, weekends or overnight!
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