Guest Blog – exams

Now Term 3 is underway, many of you will be sitting exams, so today’s blog post shares our top tips for exam success:

  • Take regular breaks from revision. It’s tempting to keep working, but it can be counterproductive if you work too hard – if you get to the point where you’re staring at your notes and not really seeing them, you aren’t achieving much. Remember, taking breaks is not a distraction from your work, it’s part of the work.
  • Try to get some exercise – the outdoor pool at Cornwall House is now open, or the Fitness Trees at Birks and Lafrowda are a great option for a free workout. The Healthy Halls scheme also offers options to get you up and moving.
  • Eat regular meals. Actual food. With vegetables in it. Your brain needs the right fuel in order to function properly, so take care of it! If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, remember you can always buy a meal in catered halls.
  • If exam stress causes you problems, check out this workbook from Wellbeing, full of tips and strategies to help you cope. Student Minds also have some great info on this topic.
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the Exam Guidelines – especially the rules about things like phones and smartwatches.
  • Don’t forget you can talk to the Residence Life Team or Nightline if you’re struggling. Both services are made up of student team members with lots of experience of university life, and they’re ready to listen to any worries you may have.
  • Keeping noise levels to a minimum is especially important in Term 3. Exams will take place right through into early June – so even when you’re ready to relax, other people are probably still revising. When you get to the finish line, please remember how you felt while you still had exams ahead of you, and be respectful of other people’s study by taking your celebrations into town. If you’re disturbed by noise during the exam period, don’t forget you can call Estate Patrol 24 hours a day.

Best of luck to everyone!

Residence Life Helen

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