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Exams - Do's and Don't

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We all know revising for exams can be stressful but remember that being organised is just as important on the day. That is why we have come up with a quick list of things to do (and not do) in preparation for your exams:

Do – Give yourself enough time

Make sure you get ready early and wake up at least a couple of hours before the exam. By taking your time, you will feel a lot more relaxed, in control and confident walking into the exam hall.

Don’t – Be late

If you find yourself running late, do not panic. You may be feeling stressed, but the best thing to do is be prepared and organised.

Do – eat healthy

I know, we all love McDonald’s… But fruit and vegetables will give you the vital brain food you deserve! It is crucial that you make sure you eat healthy from the moment you start studying, right up until the day of your exam.

Don’t – eat nothing!

It may be tempting to starve yourself to keep revising but it is not healthy for your body! With food and plenty of water, you will have the energy levels to keep you going to perform your best for your exams. Always make sure you have a break and reward yourself with a fresh, healthy meal or snack – or McDonald’s!

Do – be organised

Arrange your post-its and revisions notes to make your revision presentable and colourful for you to succeed in your exam!

Don’t – show up missing something

Always make sure you’ve got more than enough equipment. If you’re expected to have one with you, don’t forget a calculator! Please note, only University approved scientific calculators can be used during assessments.

Do – revise early

The earlier you revise, the more likely your brain will remember the material needed for the exam. Study topics bit by bit and you will feel more confident beforehand, knowing you have covered everything in advance. Research has proven that if you read topics you struggle with the most before bedtime, you are more likely to remember these!

Don’t – cram everything at the last minute

It is unhealthy to revise everything a few days before the exam, including the day before! Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before your exam – you won’t be able to have a Red Bull or coffee to get you through your paper...

Do – be happy!

Take your exams as a positive, look at it as a step towards your degree and your career when you graduate. Smile and relax knowing you have come this far! As long as you try your best, you should be happy and proud of yourself.

Don’t – worry and stress

Exams can be scary for everyone but if you find yourself worrying so much that it’s affecting your revision and performance, please contact Advice and Support. We are available Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm. You can  email us on  advice@hertfordshire.su to book an appointment to speak to an adviser over video call or phone.



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