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Essential Study Tips Every Student Should Know

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Feeling a little overwhelmed about the impending exams? Do not fear! Here are are some tips from your Advice & Support Centre team.

When it comes to revising…

It is important to figure out what will be expected of you in the exams. Try to get into the mindset of the examiner; to understand what they want from you and how best to approach each type of exam question.

Have you looked at past exam papers? Find them online and get used to how the questions are worded.

Have you fully understood the assessment criteria for your course and the module aims? Make sure that you talk to your assigned tutor if you are unsure about anything.

Helpful information about your exams may also be posted on Studynet, so it is worth having a look.

Struggling to start revising?

You could create a revision plan, to ensure that you cover all the exam material in the time that you have to prepare. You could assign topics to days and schedule in regular revision breaks too (very important indeed!). 

Do you know your preferred learning style? Complete the VARK online questionnaire to discover your learning preference and how to tailor your revision technique to match! ... This may be the most helpful bit of procrastination you do all month! 

You could arrange to meet with other students on your course to talk through the topics that you have revised; talking about a topic can often show how much you actually know, and can also help you to learn new things (without even really trying). 

You could write your own textbook (or record your own audiobook) for your revised material. Get creative - draw diagrams - write different topics in different colours - create acronyms. Not only can this be much more fun than simply reading all day, it can also help to consolidate your knowledge. 

But don't forget...

You must look after yourself when you are revising, and during exam week.

Whilst revising, try to take regular micro-breaks to refresh; make a cup of tea, go for a walk (or run!) or have a chat with a housemate. One of our Advice Centre team even took to late night baking during revision time!

Check out our Break&Breathe schedule of activities to enjoy during revision and exam time

Treating yourself to these little breaks can make the whole process of revision much easier - and also more effective - as you will always learn more when you feel happy and energised.

The Advice & Support Centre team wish you all the best for exam time. Should you ever feel the need to seek advice, or simply to get things off your chest, do not hesitate to come in and speak to one of our Advisers.

Drop by: Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice & Support Centre, Hutton, College Lane. Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00.

Telephone: 01707 285022 E-mail: advice@hertfordshire.su