Surviving the exam period! Dos and Don’ts

We asked Gracie Fuller, one of our Masters students, to cast her mind back over her undergraduate degree and offer some advice on how to survive assignments and the exam period intact and well.  Here’s what she had to say…


Visit the library. Check out books on your course and use them to help write your essays.  Give yourself time to complete your work.


Scribble some notes on tissue in the club bathroom, in a last ditch attempt to remember key facts before the exam.  If you leave everything to the last minute you will be stressed. The key to survival is to work little and often. 45 mins a day is a minimum that anyone should be able to manage. Working this way also means that you don’t have to give up all your free time.


Photocopy and highlight relevant text in order to remember it in the exam.

Have fun.  The Exam period doesn’t mean that your social life has to come to an end. Go out to the cinema. Take the evening off to have a few drinks. If you’ve started your work soon enough, and kept up to date you’ll still have time for fun. This will also make the build up to exams less daunting.


Overestimate yourself.  We may think we’ll remember that super important bit of information the lecturer just said. But you won’t! Write it down clearly and neatly. Most importantly remember where it is.


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