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In-person and on-campus exams (part 3) – last minute tips and sitting the exam

In-person and on-campus exams (part 3) – last minute tips and sitting the exam

Sitting an in-person exam at university is different to open-book at-home exams, but it also may vary from in-person exams you have done at school, for example. 

In this post, you’ll find some last-minute preparation advice and tips on how to reduce stress and ensure that everything goes well on the day and during the exam.   

  • Do not revise/cram on the day of the exam. You won’t take in too much knowledge but will become more stressed that you don’t know everything. Instead of last-minute revision, try to do something relaxing which will calm your nerves.  
  • Practice writing by hand. As we all got used to typing everything on our laptops, it may be hard to write continuously for, say, two hours by hand, especially if you don’t handwrite any of your notes, so do take time to prepare for that.  
  • Eat something before your exam. No matter if it’s breakfast or lunch, a good meal before the exam will ensure that you have enough energy to complete it.  
  • Make sure you have everything. Did you take pens and any other things you may need? Bring a bottle of water with you just in case. You’ll also need to bring your university student ID card to your exam.  
  • Ensure that you get to the exam hall on time. If you haven’t been there before and aren’t sure where it is exactly, make sure to leave some extra time in case you get lost. You don’t want to be late or rushing into the exam, as this also causes unnecessary stress. 
  • Read the instructions carefully before you start answering the questions. 
  • Check the time regularly during the exam and stay on track. As time is very limited during in-person exams, take care to ensure you manage to answer all questions. You don’t want to end up writing one long essay, but not managing to write anything for the second question, for example. 
  • Reward yourself afterwards. Go out with friends, treat yourself to some fancy dinner or do whatever works for you. You deserve it! Even if you have more exams coming up and still have some revision to do, take time to relax after you finish each one – this will help you stay motivated and not feel burnt out during the exam diet.  

Further resources are available: 

Study Hub Learning Resources has advice on Exams and Time management. 

There is also advice on preparing for, revising and sitting exams in Exam Bootcamp (a self-enrol course in LEARN). 



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