• Do set out a study plan early and stick to it. Organise all the things you want to do (e.g. watch the match) and fix your timetable around it. If you can’t motivate yourself, give yourself rewards or incentives to study, e.g. if I do two chapters of Micro Metabolism in this I can tidy my room, woo hoo! (Alternatively, watching Friends might be a better reward).

  • Do study in an area which resembles the conditions in an exam hall. If your study place is quiet, you will have a better chance of reproducing information in an exam situation.

  • Do sleep and eat well; they are scientifically proven to help in an exam situation. Take a 10 minute break every 50 minutes when studying; it’ll help you refresh and concentrate.

  • Do seek help if you need it. Talk to your lecturers coming up to exams. They may not give you direct hints, but they certainly can help solve problems, and possibly show you the best way of studying your subject. You can drop in to the Students’ Union Vice-President / Education Officer for help on how to prepare for exams or the best ways of studying.

  • Do ask questions in tutorials. They are extremely helpful, and you may feel more confident asking there than in a lecture hall.

  • Do understand the exam regulations and paper format. Read through the regulations about plagiarism, exam hall guidelines, and make sure you plan ahead to get to examination halls. Check what times the exam buses are going at.


  • Don’t listen to rumours. If you think there may be a basis, go to the source – your lecturer.

  • Don’t go overboard with the study. Staying up all night before exams will damage you more than help you. Pints of coffee and caffeine tablets are known to cause panic attacks.

  • Don’t talk to the guy who says he hasn’t a hope in the exam. We all know he is a sneaky swot and going to do well, and he’ll panic you!

  • Don’t panic! If you have the work done you’ll be fine. It will be hard to not get the result you want in an exam if you have the work done for it. Try to relax and your exam will run smoothly.

  • Don’t spend from 8.30am until 10pm in the library – it’s not going to be productive. Aim for an 8 or 9 hour day, with good breaks. It’s quality, not quantity that works.