Challenges and problems feel far more manageable when they are shared with others. Now is the time to talk to people who are positive and encouraging influencers.
Reach out to those who have the skills to help you get back on track and pass.
- Make contact with friends in your class who have passed all their exams for advice on notes, practise questions and techniques.
- If you have specific queries, make contact with your Academic Department, Head of Department, Department Secretary or lecturer. During the Summer period, the department secretary is a good point of first contact. It is advisable to include your Head of Department, the relevant lecturer and the secretary of your department in all communication.
- Make contact with an Academic Success Coach to plan your study strategy.
- Make contact with the Academic Learning Centre, as depending on your module, free classes may be available in July and August.
Develop a study plan specifically for the exam.
- Organise all the materials needed for studying; your lecture notes, Blackboard notes, and additional Blackboard resources: practice and exercise worksheets, sample questions, previous exam papers etc.
- Plan out your study time to ensure you have time to cover all areas, make a revision schedule, and allocate specific times in your day / week.
- Make a detailed and comprehensive list of module content you must revise.
- Assess what you do and do not know. By identifying areas of strength and areas that challenge you, you can make a more concrete plan for how to divide your time and what to put the most energy into studying.
- Use specific study strategies for reviewing and testing yourself on module content. Find ways to test yourself to reveal what you know and what you need to spend more time learning or practicing.
- Use the 7 day study plan template.
Begin afresh with a new study strategy - the 5 day study plan.
Kick-start your mind:
A good practice is to start with a two minute brainstorm
- What do I know about this topic?
- Sketch out a mind-map on the topic before your start a study session.
- Pause, review what you’ve written.
- Give yourself another two minutes: Is there anything else I can add …… What else can I remember?
- Use self-quizzing and practice problems, exam papers and worksheets to prepare yourself. Be sure that you are mentally and physically prepared for study through good nutrition, exercise and sufficient sleep.
It's very easy to be distracted when studying. It can be useful to work out what is taking up your time so that you can come up with ways to avoid distractions.
If you suspect that you are getting distracted on the internet or social media then a tool like RescueTime (Lite) which tracks your time on websites and apps could be useful to identify places where you can save time. Take a look at our guide on how to reduce distractions from your phone.