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Ita’s Day in the Life: Exam Edition

Ita’s Day in the Life: Exam Edition

Semester 1 coming to an end means only one thing: exams are looming… But it’s not all doom and gloom! Our student writer, Ita, provides an insight into exam time in Edinburgh.

The Meadows
The Meadows!

Welcome to my day!

8am: wake up, do some morning yoga, go for a walk. I love to walk round the Meadows, especially in winter.

10am: Revision Lecture – it’s a nice opportunity to review everything covered throughout the semester, to ask some final questions and learn a bit more about the upcoming exam itself,

1pm – Time for a quick coffee break! My all-time favourite is Uplands Roast, a coffee van just next to the library. I then walk around the Meadows before heading back to the Main Library.

2pm – Let’s start on the revision – for me, it is a very self-led process. I usually make a revision schedule to help me get on top of everything (e.g. dividing the material I need to revise into thematic sections and assigning each day to a particular section) and test myself on the questions from the past exam papers.

5pm – Time for another break! I always like to go and see where the exam venue is beforehand; sometimes it can be off-campus, so it’s always good to check. The exam venues are published towards the end of October and I usually check out different routes at least a couple of times before the big day – better to be safe than sorry!

6.30pm – Dinner time. It’s really important to make sure you incorporate meals into your routine, otherwise you may forget about it or not have enough time for it. When I’m stressed with work, I usually go for something simple like rice with apples and cinnamon, but whatever works for you! Comfort food is always good too…

8pm – Some evening me-time (listening to music, reading a book, etc.) – anything that might help you relax and get a good night’s rest. Sleep is extra important at exam time!

10pm – Going to sleep.

That’s it, that’s what my day looks like during the revision and exam period. As you can see, it is very much about independent study and organisation. If you think you might struggle with this, don’t despair… The Institute for Academic Development has your back! They run lots of workshops and Exam Bootcamps to help you prepare.

One comment

  1. Anjana Varghese

    Great post, Ita! Your “Day in the Life: Exam Edition” gave me valuable insights into managing the stress of exams. As a student based in Chennai, I couldn’t help but appreciate your dedication and routines. It got me thinking about the upcoming exams and the importance of planning, especially when considering studying abroad. The mention of Overseas education consultants in Chennai is spot on. It’s a crucial resource for students like me, providing guidance on international education options and making the process smoother. Thanks for sharing your experiences and for subtly weaving in such a relevant keyword. Your blog is not just relatable but also incredibly informative. Looking forward to more of your insightful posts!

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