There is really no ‘right’ way to revise as different techniques work for different students. However, there are definitely some essential things to do during the exam season, as well as some essential don’ts. You’ll already know that it isn’t a good idea to go out the night before an exam, but here are some great tips for making your exams to go as smoothly as possible.
Our guidance for exams
We’ve put together some useful tips to get your head in the game for the exam period. If you follow these tips, we’re sure you’ll do your best. Before your exam Talk to your Tutor If you have questions about the exam, ask your Tutor so you know what to expect.
Exam FAQs can be found at gresu.uk/examfaqs
Plan your study time
The best study sessions are about 50 minutes long separated by five to ten minute breaks. Create a timetable so you can track and monitor progress, as well as leaving time to have fun!
Build a healthy body and mind
Throughout your day, think positive thoughts, maintain a healthy diet, get in some exercise and get enough sleep. Give coffee, alcohol and other stimulants a miss. Avoid other people or things that may disturb your self-confidence, focus and level of relaxation.
Get the details
Ask your School about the exam date, time and location as well as what you can/should take into the exam. You can access your personal exam timetable via the mobile app or 'My Timetable' on the student portal.
Practice makes perfect
Practice on sample tests and look at past exams. Ask your Lecturer for advice or go to the “my learning tab” on your student portal.
What if things aren’t right?
Submit an extenuating Circumstances claim if you are not well enough to take the exam gresu.uk/extcirc
Don’t keep things bottled up. Confiding in someone is a great way to alleviate stress and worry. Make an appointment to speak with the well-being team email@example.com or contact the GSU Advice Team greenwichsu.co.uk/advice.
Tips for the exam day
Bring the essentials
You must bring your student ID card to sit an exam. Find out what you can and cannot bring into an exam here: gresu.uk/examinstructions
Keep track of time
Try not to rush the exam, work out how long you have to answer each question and use a watch or the clock in the room to keep track. Read each question and the instructions carefully, scan your exam paper and work out what you know you can answer. Guarantee those marks by answering those questions first. Give yourself time at the end to proofread, they should announce when there is five minutes left. Focus If your mind goes blank focus on slow, deep breathing for about one minute. If you still can’t remember the information, then move on to another question and return to this question later.
After the exam
Your results letter will be published on the Student Portal. They should be published within ten working days of the Progression and Award Board meeting. If you are unsure of the date of your Board meeting, you can contact your programme team, using the contact details provided in your Programme Handbook.
Disappointed with your results?
If you are disappointed in your results and would like some personal support, please check the support services available gresu.uk/resultssupport Or contact the GSU Advice Team who can provide you with free, confidential support greenwichsu.co.uk/advice
A helping hand – Academic Communities
There are lots of communities you can join so you don’t feel like you’re going through it on your own! Join a Society Look up all of our Academic Societies and join yours. We’ve got everything from Marketing Society to Children’s Nursing.
If you can’t find an Academic Society linked to your course, you can always ask your Programme Reps – they can organise study sessions, field trips and even socials! Events and more info Academic Communities even highlights skills workshops and other great stuff. There’s something for everyone, check it out here: greenwichsu.co.uk/academic-communities
Useful Academic Skills Pages
Find resources on their website: Academic skills | University of Greenwich
The Academic Skills team are always available to help you at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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