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What You Need to Know about your Exams!

So earlier this year I put up an article with tips for preparing for your exams. Listen I know that there are so many things that you think you need to do for your exam but the FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT thing you should do is to actually find out about the exam itself! You would be surprised about the number of people who revise so hard for the actual exam and don’t even know where the hell the exam is 20 minutes before it! Here are a few tips that I have learnt over the years…


I can not stress this point enough! In all seriousness I have nearly missed an exam that I studied hard for, purely because I found out 30 minutes before the exam that it was going to be on the other side of campus! So first and foremost check out WHERE and WHEN your exam is. Once you have done this plan your route to get there. It is always worthwhile turning up early for an exam rather than turning up late, so make sure you are there 15 minutes before it starts.

– Check what time it starts AND what time doors open.

You may not realise this, but in most cases before you sit an exam there will be two times that you really need to take note of. Firstly there is the time that the actual exam starts. Secondly there is the time that the doors open. This time is as important as the time the actual exam starts, since you do not want to be turning up 2 minutes before the exam is due to start. Ideally you want to time it so that you get there just before doors open.

– Find out how long the exam is

This may seem like a no brainer but you need to know if you are going to have a short exam or a long exam. This will help you structure your time management. Trust me, failing to do this WILL cost you exam marks if you end up running out of time towards the end.

– Learn what types of questions there will be

Make sure you always check with your teacher/professor on how the exam will be structured and what sort of questions will turn up. It may have only long answer questions or only multiple choice. This will help you study for your exam and help you with your time management during the exam.

– Know what you need to take

There is nothing worse that turning up to an exam without having a piece of equipment you need. It takes two seconds and saves a shitload of stress if you just check what you need! This is really important if the exam you are sitting has any maths involved. It is always a good idea to have a separate pencil case with everything you may need inside, and use it only for exams

Listen, I hope these tips helped and if you have any questions or anything feel free to drop a comment below!

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