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Exam Stress

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We all feel a certain amount of stress when we’re put to the test whether that’s in exams, at a job interview or at the prospect of a performance review, but when anxiety is overwhelming you can’t do your best.

Psychologist Su Dorland has written a book to help students get on top of the stress of exams.

Source: Radio Australia (Life Matters), Exam Stress, 20th October 2009.

Exam Day Tips

Exam writing is a skill you can learn – doing well can have as much to do with technique as with preparation. The following may seem like common sense, but common sense can be the first thing to go when looking down the barrel of exam week.

Remember the Golden Rules

  • Get some sleep the night before
  • Eat something
  • Avoid ‘panic talk’ with other students
  • Read the directions
  • Make a time management plan and stick to it
  • Watch the clock
  • Start with the easy ones
  • Build in revision time
  • Don’t leave the exam early

Take control of your stress and make it work for you! Read more…

Types of Exam

27/07/2009 1 comment

Close-book Exams: as the title suggests.

Multiple-choice exams

The most important advice for multiple choice exams is to read the exam paper carefully! Work through the questions at a fairly steady pace. Don’t hurry yourself, but above all do not get stuck. If you are not sure about an answer, have a reasonable guess, put a mark beside that question, and keep going. Don’t spend time agonising over a question you may get wrong anyway! If you have time at the end of the exam, you can go back through the marked questions and double-check your answers. Read more…

Preparing for Exams

27/07/2009 1 comment

Exams at university are a totally different experience from exams at school. For a start, at school your teachers probably trained you for the exam situation with mock exams, revision sheets, homework exercises and so on. At university that doesn’t happen. You have to take responsibility for your own learning and preparation.

Secondly, exams at university generally aim to test how well you understand your subject area. Lecturers are often more interested in whether you can apply the knowledge you have gained rather than in how many facts you have learned. So you need to be able to think analytically rather than simply regurgitate facts. Read more…