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Things to know this week - 13 May 2024: How to study and revise effectively

Posted on 13 May 2024

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1. How to study and revise effectively

Finding it hard to know where to begin when it comes to preparing for exams? Take a look at our new online practical guide to study and revision, which is designed to optimise your learning, help you retain knowledge and boost academic performance. Find out about:

  • different strategies to test memory, including active recall and spaced repetition
  • techniques to simplify complex information
  • methods to enhance comprehension and retention

Find the approach that best suits your study habits and academic goals and learn how to study smarter, not harder.

2. How to take an exam

Being prepared will help settle your nerves as you take your exam. Make sure you read the Student Guide to Examinations 2023/24 and find out what to bring (and what not to bring). Our general information about taking an exam includes room layouts so you know what to expect.

3. How we support you to study

The Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week during the assessment period. Use the MyUoY app to book Library study spaces. There are also lots of study spaces across campus and the Academic Skills Community has online resources, workshops and one-to-one appointments to help guide you. IT Support is available via phone between 9am-12pm and 2-4pm Monday to Friday but use the enquiry form at other times and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Sometimes things happen that can seriously impair your performance in an assessment or prevent you undertaking it at the scheduled time. We offer options if this happens to you. See information about exceptional circumstances affecting assessment.

4. How you can help yourself during exams

It’s normal to feel stressed in the lead up to or during an exam but developing good study habits will ensure you perform to the best of your ability. Read our 7 tips for study and exam success to find out how to revise more effectively and feel less anxious about your studies. If it starts to feel too much, see our advice on exam stress for tips on how to calm yourself during an exam. Don’t forget - there are always people here to help and support you.

Revision Week coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which focuses on moving more for our mental health. It’s important to take a break when revising - find all the ways you can add movement to your day.

5. Get Carbon Literacy accreditation

Become a certified carbon literate citizen by signing up for our free carbon literacy training. Covering climate change and why it’s relevant, carbon footprints and how you can do your bit, we’ll support you to make an impact. Register your interest in carbon literacy training.

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