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Exam tips

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


I know exams can be a challenging time of year for many of you. But with the right preparation, it’s possible to approach this upcoming examination period with confidence.

Below are my six personal tips for doing well in your exams.

No tricks

Exams aren’t out to trick you. They’re an opportunity to demonstrate what you’ve learnt during the semester.

Avoid distractions

This means not checking Facebook and Twitter. Make sure you log out completely so you can’t swap between browser tabs. And make sure you give yourself a reward, for example “I can check my phone again in an hour.”

Help isn’t far away

Talk to your lecturers and pick the brains of your classmates. If you’re feeling stressed you might find it helpful to speak to an ECU Learning Advisor or a Student Counsellor.

Be prepared

Make sure you know exactly what time and where your exam is being held, and what you can take in with you. Is the exam open book? Can you take notes or a calculator?

Read the question

Underline any key words and make sure you’re answering the right question and doing what it asks. For example, do you need to answer one of the four options? Or all four?

Tips and FAQs

The student portal has a range of handy tip sheets to help with exams. Many exam-related questions have also already been answered by our experts on the ECU Ask Us webpage.

Good luck in your exams. Enjoy your well-deserved break and I look forward to seeing many of you again next year.

Professor Steve Chapman

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