Exam Tips from Student Support

Exam Tips from Student Support

Trimester 2 exams run from 25 September to 9 October. So you are probably starting to feel a little queasy as exams are starting to loom large on your wall planner! I wrote about exam preparation in a previous edition of Nucleus, and I figured that now is as good a time as any to revisit some of that advice. 

You can view your personalised exam timetablelogin to myUNE and also find your exam venue if you are studying off-campus. Make sure you get the date, time, and location right, because you have no recourse if you miss an exam because you did not read the timetable correctly. None at all. Nada. Bupkis. 

A lot of students spend the night before an exam cramming. I wouldn’t do this. You aren’t going to learn anything the night before an exam that you didn’t learn in the weeks leading up to it. It is suggested that you have a glance over your notes the night before, nothing more. Me? I like to use the time to figure out what pens I am going to bring in (I know, slow down, you say). You should bring plenty of pens, pencils, erasers into your exam, bring more than you need, bring more than a small village would need. You want to be sure you have everything you need in the exam room. Some people also find a certain therapeutic value in lining all their pens up on their desk (or, so I’ve been told). 

If it’s an open book exam, bring in your notes. You can bring your texts, if you must, but make sure you have clearly marked all the bits you are going to need in the exam with post it notes or the like, don’t expect to have time to look things up in the exam, you won’t. So prepare your notes beforehand. If you want to get an idea of what will be required of you in the exam (essays, short answer, multiple choice), you can often find previous exam papers at https://goo.gl/hm2aWt 

You will also need to have your student card or a photo ID, such a as a passport or a driver’s licence. You will need to turn your phone off in the exam, and it’s probably best to leave the iwatch at home or safely tucked away in your bag (and on silent!). You won't be able to wear it. Make sure you know exactly where your exam is and that you can get there in plenty of time. Don’t cut it fine, or you might miss out on the start. If something unforeseen, and out of your own control, does happen that affects your ability to make it to the exam, or something occurs in the exam room that affects your ability to complete it, you need to contact the exams team as soon as possible after the exam to discuss your options. You can call the exams team on 02 6773 4444. 

Above all, stay calm and try to relax as much as possible, you will be nervous, there’s nothing extraordinary about that, but make sure you are not so nervous that it affects you adversely. If you think exam nerves might be an issue for you, you can get in touch with our counselling team on 02 6773 2897 to book an appointment, make sure you do it sooner, rather than later, though the team can get pretty busy around exam time.   

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to get in touch by calling on 02 6773 4430 or emailing studentsupport@une.edu.au. You can also like us on facebook.com/ed.une or follow us at @UNESupport on Twitter. There’s also our instagram account, which is free of pictures of our dinner and selfies (OK, maybe the odd selfie). 

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