BLOG SERIES - ACADEMIC TIPS - PART 5
Editor's Note: This is the fifth and final post in our Academic Blog Series. Feel free to add your own tips or links to online resource material in the comment section below.
The exams are finally upon us and the Settlers is beginning to settle into that “exam mode” once again. The stress can almost be felt in the air as everyone frantically tries to cram in as much studying in as possible.
Tip #9: Stick to Your Usual Routine
If it is the norm for you to finish all your work in the afternoon and get an early night, then you shouldn’t be disrupting the usual daily rhythms that your body is used to. Don’t pull all-nighters if you are used to being in bed by 10pm, doing this will not be helpful at all! In fact, it would be highly detrimental to your studying to be running on less rest than what you are used to and it is highly likely that you will struggle more with an exam the next day because of how tired your brain is. But if you are used to working late at night then it won’t be as bad. However, it is highly recommended that you get as much sleep as possible.
Tip #10: Know How to Write an Exam
There is more to exam writing than simply studying for it: one also has to know how to answer the questions properly. What do I mean by this? Well, it is vitally important to be able to read and fully comprehend a question in order to answer it to the best of your ability. Know what the examiner expects of you by analysing the question fully. This is especially critical in essay questions where it is very important to be on the right track with your answer because of all the marks at stake. Also, make sure that you have all the right stationery for the exam, especially you calculator; it would be a disaster to forget that at home on the day of a Maths exam.
Some useful links:
- Preparing to write an exam: http://www.theuniversityblog.co.uk/2010/04/23/pass-exams-effectively/
- Answering exam questions: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/studyresources/exams/sta-answering.aspx
Written by Carla Meyer