The exam season can be a stressful and busy time. Keeping going with your revision but also mentally preparing yourself for the exam day can often leave you feeling overwhelmed with information and important things to remember. Here are a few key things you will need to do before your exams begin…

  • Check the dates, times and locations of your exams… and then check again

The first thing to do for the exam season is to check when your exams are. There is nothing worse than finding out that your exam isn’t when you thought it was at the last minute, so check and then check again. A good tip could be to print out your timetable, add the exams to your calendar or set reminders on your phone. It also might be worth checking out the locations of your exams beforehand so you know where to go on the day itself and you won’t get lost! If there are any problems with your exam timetable, such as clashes, it is important that you tell the Examinations Office immediately by emailing

  • Stock up on stationary

To do well in your exams you will need to have all of the necessary equipment. Restock your pencil cases with some good quality pens and always bring a spare with you just in case! Calculators should be brought if required for the examination and should be of the required calibre. If you’re not sure what this is, email If you wish to bring a water bottle, remember to remove any labels that might be on the bottle, or purchase a plain one to avoid any suspicion of misconduct! 

  • Wear comfortable clothes

Summer is approaching, and this means the days are getting warmer. Be sure to check the weather on the morning of your exam so that you can dress accordingly, for example if it looks as if it will be a hot day then put on something light and cool. It’s also worth bearing in mind that exams can mean you are sitting in one place for a long time, so make sure that you are in something comfortable, allowing you to concentrate fully on your exam.

  • Be familiar with the University of Reading examination rules

There are lots of exam rules and regulations that you need to be aware of before you attend your first exam, particularly on things such as mobile phones, attendance, using your Campus Card, passport or driver’s licence as means of compulsory identification and appropriate behaviour during exam conditions. If you have any questions or are unsure of anything, click here to find out all of the necessary details for your  exams or check out the exams information on Essentials.

  • TLC

The night before an exam is a crucial time. Many of you will want to keep revising until late to make doubly sure that you know everything, but you don’t want to lose out on sleep as a consequence of this. Give yourself a bit of tender loving care (TLC) and get an early night so you can wake up early and have a good breakfast, feeling energised and ready for the day ahead.