Goldsmiths Academic Skills Centre can help you get prepared for exams.
Print off past papers and essay questions
Get this from your department and use them to become familiar with the exam format and identify possible revision topics:
- How long is the exam?
- How many questions do you need to answer?
- Are all questions worth equal marks?
- Is the exam paper divided into sections?
- Do you need to answer questions from each section?
- Work out how much time you have to answer each question
- Are there any topics which frequently occur?
Organise a revision folder
- Include your past papers
- Divide your folder into revision topics
- Include class notes
- Fill in any gaps in your notes by photocopying friends' notes and sharing your notes with them
Make a revision timetable
- Use a weekly planner to identify free time when you can begin revising
- Be realistic - put in all existing commitments before you add revision time
- Identify the time of day when you study best
- Identify the topics you know well and those you struggle with and allocate time accordingly
Practise writing timed essay plans and essays
- Once you have revised a topic - make time in your revision timetable to write a timed plan or a timed essay. Give yourself the same amount of time you will have in an exam
- You may be out of practise with handwriting so practising writing timed essays. This helps you to be realistic about how much you can write - and forces you to limit 'waffle'
- Use a free flowing pen that is nice to write with - it will help prevent your hand aching
- Revisit your timed essays and plans. Cross out any unnecessary material. Did you miss anything vital? Add it to your plan or annotate your essay - this will make it more likely you will remember it during the exam
Look after your wellbeing when revising
- Remember to take frequent breaks when revising and to eat regularly and keep hydrated. This is very important to help maintain your concentration levels