In your own words

Student writing exam

Prof Richard Blythe talks about plagiarism and why you will be asked to complete an Own Work Declaration before uploading your exam script.


Honours-year students are about to face an unusual set of exams. Absent are the rituals of filing quietly into a cavernous exam hall, fiddling with the gummed flap on the front your green exam book, and being subject to the piercing stare of an invigilator as they make sure you answer the questions without any outside help. However, there is much that will still be the same. The format of your exams is unchanged, so past papers will still give a clear guide as to what to expect. You will still be under pressure to complete your answers within the allotted time, and will also have to contend with uploading your solutions at the end. And most importantly of all, you are still expected to answer the questions without outside help.

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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 12 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”