Exam Time!

It’s almost time – the exam diet is about to begin! Don’t stress, I’m here with 5 tips on how to keep calm during exam time, and I’ll be updating you on my exam experience once my first ever university exam diet is over!

First of all, get yourself organised well in advance. Make sure to note the dates of your exams so you can plan when you’re able to revise, then set this all out in a diary or on a piece of paper you could pin to your noticeboard as a constant reminder of when you should be revising!

Second, make sure to plan some relaxing and fun things too! For example, I’ve got trips to the cinema, meals out and film screenings all planned for the coming weeks. Having these things to look forward to really gets you through the tough revision season and motivates you to get more done so you have time to chill with the people you love!

Thirdly, go over your lectures and seminars to spot any weaknesses and become familiar again with topics covered at the start of the semester that you may have forgotten about. This is key to starting your revision as you can pick out topics you enjoyed learning about and those you didn’t, as well as spotting key weaknesses that you need to work on well in advance so you still have plenty of time to improve your knowledge.

Fourth, use past papers to become more comfortable and familiar with how your exam is going to be set out. In history, our exams consist of essays, so a really useful way to revise is by looking at past exam essay questions and planning them out as detailed as you can so you can see how much information you’ve retained and you can regurgitate and spot any weaknesses to work on before the exam. If you study a subject that doesn’t involve essay writing though, you can still use past paper questions simply as a way to test what knowledge you have gained from your learning and revision so far.

Finally, don’t stress about the exam. Usually, an exam is only half or a smaller percentage of your grade, and if you’re in first or second year, you only have to pass a module to move onto next semester. If you’ve been working hard all semester so far and handing in coursework on time, you’re likely to be in a great position before the exam. This means you can take the pressure off of yourself and not worry too much about your exam performance. At the end of the day, you can only do your best, and as long as you give it your all you should be proud of yourself!

I hope you take my tips on board and I wish you all every success with any upcoming exams!

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Hey, I'm Kiah: a footballer, drummer and an avid film fan. I'm originally from Durham, England, now a second year History MA student at Dundee!

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