I had my first exam of the year on Tuesday.

And I remembered topics and quotes and all the important stuff so I was happy when I’d finished it.

So, here’s a rundown to exam success:



  • It’s an old cliché but revision is key.
  • Make a ‘study timetable’ and keep to it – it helps to know what time of day you study best.
  • Have a study group with classmates.
  • Look over previous papers and have a go at answering the questions.
  • Try alternative techniques: spider diagrams; lists; flash cards etc.
  • Ask someone to question you.
  • Read around the subject – secondary material is vital for critical tests.
  • Go into the exam feeling positive!
  • Write a thesis statement (for critical analysis questions).


  • Cram all your studying in the night before – you’ll be tired and probably won’t have absorbed much information.
  • Procrastinate!!!
  • Study topics that have not been discussed in class.
  • Study for too long without taking a break – keep hydrated.
  • Begin your exam without making notes.
  • Don’t forget to underline ‘key words’ in the question if it is essay style.
  • Spend too long on one question if there is a lot to answer, give yourself sufficient time.

 That’s what I did anyway and I was confident entering and exiting my test. It was two critical questions and there were quite a few options to choose from so I didn’t have any trouble. Fingers crossed I get a decent mark!

I got to Uni at 8am the other morning and walked out at 5pm; dark when I got there and dark when I left. It looks so pretty of an evening though. The lake all lit up is a lovely sight. I rarely travel over to that side of campus but one of my classes had been moved and I got to see it in all its glory.

Anyway, I must go, food shopping is imminent.


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