It’s been a busy few weeks with assignments being due and on top of that the upcoming festivities to plan for, finance and of course, enjoy. For many of you, however, there is the knowledge that the New Year also brings with it the exam period. Now there are some lucky people who thrive on exams – they enjoy the pressure and it actually brings out the best in them! For the rest of us though some exam stress is inevitable and the trick is not to fall into the usual trap of ignoring it (#handsonearslalalala) or overdosing on negative thinking and caffeine.
To avoid the common exam preparation pitfalls, help is now at hand on your Learning Edge home page in the form of Revision Central. This is a collection of services and resources to help you with the three stages of exam preparation: planning your revision schedule, doing the revision and entering the examination room. Why not start with the Avoiding Exam Stress Section by listening to Professor Dave Puttwain’s podcast on avoiding exam nerves, then consult Revision Help for tips on making a revision plan and revision strategies. Opening Hours will tell you when the Library is open over the holiday period and in January and PC Availability will help you to track down a computer on campus. When you need a bit of head space, have a look at Useful Apps or Relaxation for guided relaxation and mindfulness visualisations.
Lindsey Martin Assistant Head (Learning, ICT & Media), Learning Services
24 April 2012 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Staff Development Room 2nd floor LINC building
Exams are intended to test students as individuals under controlled conditions so that they can demonstrate their abilities.
There are a number of techniques that can help to improve exam performance.
This session will look at:
To book a session please go to:
Take the anxiety out of exams by getting ahead of the game with your revision.
Anybody can learn and apply exam techniques. You’ll be surprised at the amount of study skills you already have that can be adapted for exam revision. The crucial starting point is in managing your time and planning your revision carefully.
The Open University has some excellent advice and resources for preparing for and taking exams:
Resources on this site cover:
- How to create a revision timetable (and planning throughout the year)
- Anxiety management
- Mind maps and learning posters
- Summary notes and quick view notes
- Mnemonics (memory aids)
- Revising with friends
- Different types of exams
The site has a combination of audio and visual resources and a booklet you can download. To download resources you need to create an account (which is free).
For more help with revision, you can book an appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor – just call in at the Inclusive Services desk on the first floor of the University Library. We can’t do the revision for you, but we can give you some tips that may make it a bit more manageable.
Exam Revision and Inspiration® mind mapping software
Inspiration® software can be used as a tool for developing memorable exam revision techniques and is fun to use. The software is accessible to all Edge Hill students from the desktop and is very easy to use. Users create a picture of their ideas and concepts in the form of a diagram or mind map and pictures can be imported from photographs.
Inspiration® software stimulates visual and linear thinking and can aid memory retention and memory recall in exams. It is particularly useful for students with a visual learning preference.
The visual representation of ideas means that revision becomes an active process. Inspiration® can help you to organise and clarify your thoughts and ultimately save time. Notes can be condensed and topics summarised to make exam revision easier and information memorable. Gaps in understanding become more evident and recall is enhanced.
For a free home trial go to: http://www.inspiration.com/freetrial
For more information please contact:
The SpLD Support Team
University Library 1st Floor
Edge Hill University
Tel: 01695 584372