Managing exams and assessment
The best approach to passing exams and assessments is to start preparing early and, for exams, to revise regularly. If you want to consult a counsellor, it’s best to do this well in advance of the examination period or assessment due date in order to practice the strategies that may be helpful in managing your anxiety.
If you've left it too late this session, make a resolution to seek assistance from a counsellor early next session.
Anxiety and tension thrive on uncertainty; knowing what to expect can be half the battle.
- Make sure you know the format of your exam paper
- You should be aware of the due date for your assessments
- Enquire about the differential weighting of questions in exams and assessments so you know what to prioritise
- Double check your exam timetable (date, time and venue)
It’s never too late to take charge of your studies. Identify the tasks you need to do in the time available and be selective in how you spend that time. When revising, it’s a good idea to do the following:
- make a plan
- discuss with your lecturer or tutor any concepts or areas you might be struggling with
- use a revision strategy tailored to the format of the exams or assessments (for example, you may find different strategies helpful for open book vs multiple choice exams).
- check if past exam papers are available from the library.
Some students find it easier to learn as part of a group; if this is you, you might like to join or create an informal study group with your peers. Schedule regular meeting times and accessible venues, identify topics in advance, exchange ideas and share notes with one another.
Aside from studying, it’s vital to look after yourself in the periods leading up to exams and assessments:
- try to stick to your normal sleep pattern.
- eat healthy, regular meals and drink plenty of water
- be active everyday – make time for regular exercise, it’s good for your body and your mind.
- ask for help - let the people in your life know that you may need some extra support around assessments and exams.