Real life study tips for your online exams
Study tips from real students sitting exams this session
Exams week! Eek!
To help get you motivated and ready for your exams (even though we hope it’s motivation enough that you can sit your exam in pyjamas this semester), we’ve put together some study tips from students around UTS.
Yeh Rim, photo by Kwa Nguyen (Kwasemail@gmail.com)
Studying Bachelor of Communications (Social and Political Science)
Study Tip 1: Get the procrastination out of your system
"I like to get the procrastination out of my system first and spend some time doing nothing or looking at social media. Then, I’ll start with the little things like the preliminary research while listening to some music and then I will gradually zone in to completely focus and write my essay responses."
Harry and his study pal, Baxter
Studying Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Study Tip 2: Plan, plan, plan
“Like everyone else, I like to say that I start studying early. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I don’t, so if you find yourself close to your exams, it’s even more important to sit down and plan out how you’re going to study. If I know how much time I’m spending each day on different topics, I can easily focus on the themes that will pop up in the exam without rushing through the other stuff.”
Studying Bachelor of Communications (Advertising)
Study Tip 3: Get the ball rolling
“My number one study tip is to start early. Given all the extra time we've all felt we had, it's been super easy to procrastinate up until the last minute. This is super straight forward but I find if I give my self a whole week to study or work on a given assessment it's a lot less stressful, I feel more product and much more in control when it comes to my exam.”
Studying Bachelor of Law
Study Tip 4: Focus points
"Before your exam go back and clean up your class notes. You can line your notes up with your Subject Outlines, Course Learning Objectives/ Outcomes. This will ensure that you’re prepared for exams as they will always be related to the material within your Subject Outline. Always make sure to revise your notes consistently and to make a note of things that you often find difficult to remember/understand - then focus on these points.”
Studying Bachelor of Business (Management)
Study Tip 5: Are you an early riser or a night owl?
"Studying can also be a process of understanding how different factors influence your mental capacity. Your brain is like a muscle and it’s important to build habits that work for you. Some people work best at night, but I find it that I work the best in the mornings and then get more distracted later in the day with social media and Netflix. To make sure I get everything done, I try to go to bed early and wake up early. If you find yourself not able to get started, try the pomodoro method. 25 minutes of focus, so try your best during this time to not leave your seat. Everything can wait till after the 25 minutes. After the 25 minutes you have a break. My breaks are usually 10 minutes long, and then it’s back to work. Also remember to drink water!”
Studying Bachelor of Business
Study Tip 6: Grab a pen
“My favourite way to study and what I find works the best for me in exams is to write out all the notes from throughout the semester, including lectures and tutorials and then get your friend to quiz you or make it into flash cards.”
Looking for more on how to prepare for your online exam? The Student Learning Hub has put together a three-part podcast series on Online exams, and you can listen to the first in the series here.