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Student exam tips

Exams are an inevitable part of student life, but a little preparation and planning can help students to cope with the stresses of exams. Here are a few tips that we hope may be helpful:

  • Different people study in different ways – choose the method that works best for you, examples include a preference for studying in a group, condensing notes into bullet points or reworking material into a chart or diagram
  • Whatever your preferred method, remember that revision is about checking your understanding of the subjects you have been studying and identifying any gaps in your knowledge
  • Try to avoid last minute cramming/all-night studying just before exams. It does not help. Set yourself a manageable timetable for revision and then stick to it
  • If there are any parts of your course material that you do not understand, ask your classmates and/or tutors for help
  • Familiarise yourself with the exams by practicing with past papers
  • Time the answers that you write, so that you understand how long you will have to answer each question in exam conditions
  • Try to maintain a sensible study/life balance
  • Try to remember that there is life after exams

There are also a number of resources available on our website including: webinars on stress and time management, information on well-being workshops as well as a range of fact sheets covering areas such as stress and wellbeing, suggestions for finding funding for students with money worries, and a pre-registration fact sheet to help students to plan ahead. We are currently in the process of developing a factsheet specifically for MPharm students that will be available shortly.

Students seeking further information or wishing to discuss their situation in more detail can call 0808 168 2233 or email Alternatively to speak with a Listening Friend call 0808 168 5133.

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