Maximise your chances of exam success

Student writing exam

Your exams are approaching.  You have been planning, revising and studying, so there is little more you can do, right?  Regardless of how much effort you have put in beforehand, your exam performance on the day is also important to help you maximise your chances of exam success.


Here are Dr Ross Galloway’s top ten tips.

1. Read the whole exam paper before doing anything else

It’s the classic exam tip, and with good reason. As the old military maxim says, time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted. It will give you an overview of what you’re going to have to do, and your subconscious will start processing the later questions even as you do the early ones.

2. Think about the big picture when choosing which questions to do

Most of your exams will offer you at least some choice of questions to tackle. Don’t pick them just based on which of the opening sub-parts you prefer. Assess the whole question: which ones can you do the greatest amount of? Continue reading “Maximise your chances of exam success”

Who are the Modern Physics quiz whizzes?

Staff with student quiz winners

Photo: presentation of prizes to winning team ‘Drawing a Planck’


For the second year running, the Modern Physics course held a mid-semester pub quiz. Kind of like a normal pub quiz, but for physics geeks. With rounds on physics, astrophysics, science film quotes, Nobel prizes, a picture quiz, and general knowledge (admittedly, mainly general knowledge related to physics…).

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Diversity in physics is a multifaceted challenge

Sarah-Jane Lonsdale

Photo: PhD student Sarah-Jane Lonsdale


Many staff and students are keen on sharing their interest in science with the public.  Sarah-Jane Lonsdale has combined this interest while promoting the diversity of those studying and working in science.

“It was my gap year experience at the Royal Institution as a ‘Year in Industry’ student which was the main influence for my science communication and public engagement work.” Continue reading “Diversity in physics is a multifaceted challenge”