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Your Exam Dos and Don’ts

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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 is to make sure you arrive for your exam on time.

If you are commuting to the University, do not wait for the bus. Call a local taxi company, the journey to the University will be a lot quicker!

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

The SU shops have a range of stationery essentials available for you, including pens, pencils, rubbers and highlighters. We also have numerous notepads and post-its 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 – you do not want your pen to run out of ink in the middle of your exam so make sure you have a spare! We also sell clear pencil cases in the SU shops if you wish to bring these into the exam hall with you.

If you’re expected to have one with you, don’t forget a calculator! We sell scientific calculators in the SU shops if your exam requires you to have one.

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 open Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm. You can also email advice@hertfordshire.su to book an appointment or call us on 01707 285022.


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