10 things to do before exams

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Exam… it’s a word that sends shivers down students’ spines all over the world.

For most students exams are inevitable so it’s important to know what to do to prepare to pass with flying colours and prepare for exam conditions! Here are 10 things you should do before your next exam:

  1. Study. This one may seem obvious but you should start preparing for your exams weeks in advance! Create a study plan, familiarise yourself with the types of questions that will be in your exam, and use course guides and learning outcomes to identify what’s important.
  2. Check what you can take with you into the exam. In some exams you’re allowed handwritten notes, a calculator and even a textbook. Check the details with your lecturer or in your subject outline.
  3. Get organised the day before. Check for pencils, working pens, eraser, sharpener, ruler, and white out. Put all of these items in a clear case.
  4. Be early. Make sure you’re at the exam room at least 15 minutes early so you have enough time to find the room and take some deep breaths.
  5. Wear comfortable clothes. Come prepared for the weather – you don’t want to be distracted by your cold toes while trying to do complicated calculations! Not sure what the weather will be like? Wear layers!
  6. Take water. Exams are scary. Scary things make you nervous. And being nervous makes you thirsty. Keep hydrated people. Just make sure the drink bottle is clear with no labels on it.
  7. Take your student ID card with you. You’ll need this so you can be identified in your exam. If you don’t have your student ID card you’ll need another form of identification to replace it.
  8. Double check the building number, room number, exam time and your seat number. Have this memorised (or at least written down). You can check all of these details on your personal exam timetable, but don’t forget your seating number as you’ll need to sit in this spot – no exceptions.
  9. Leave your phone at home. Or in the car. You’re not allowed electronic devices in the exam room so best leave it at home or in the car instead of leaving it sitting outside the exam room.
  10. Breath. You’ve got this!

For more information about exams, head to your Student Portal.