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Exams & Revision

Exams & Revision

Learn which revision techniques are most effective and strategies for performing well in exams.

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Exams are a common form of assessment at University, especially at Undergraduate level. Some people find them challenging, others prefer them to coursework, but this section has advice and guidance to help you ensure that you’re doing your best.

Revision

Preparing effectively for exams requires good organisation skills, a grasp of the module’s assessment aims and a sound understanding of how learning works, so you don’t waste time with inefficient strategies. We all learn differently, so explore and experiment with some of the strategies here.

Revising for understanding

University exams don’t just test recall, but your understanding of a topic. Discover strategies which will help your revision develop deeper levels of learning.

Using flashcards

Flashcards are a great tool for revision. Learn how to use them reflectively, along with some of the principles of effective memorisation.

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Exams - 24 hour take home exams

Unlike traditional exams, take-home papers are taken often at a time of your choosing, within a specified time, and you can sit them at home (often online). Other variations may allow you to see the exam paper in advance but are sat in the traditional way in an exam hall. This assessment format has become more common with flexible, blended online learning. These resources offer guidance for doing your best in this style of assessment.