Top tips to help you ace your exams

It’s perfectly normal to feel pressure or stress in the run-up to your exams. Here’s some top tips to help you prepare. 

  • Check out the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre. They offer a programme of free workshops including understanding study fatigue and stress management, and revision and exam skills. These are open to all students – find out more here.  
  • Organise and plan your study time. Block out time in your calendar or diary for studying. Start revision as early as possible and make sure you go over a range of topics covered in the course. Try working through practice questions from past papers and attempt them in exam conditions. Or you could set up a study group so you can revise with others. 
  • Know your study spaces on campus. Whether you’re looking for a space to study with mates, or a quiet place so you can concentrate – there’s a study zone on campus for you. There are group study zones and discussion rooms, silent study zones and relaxing zones available in the Central Library, Macmillan Brown Library and Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Read more.
  • It’s all about balance. Take some time out and do something you really enjoy – go for a walk in the park, have lunch with mates, or take a group fitness class at the RecCentre. And when you are studying, make sure you get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or so. Finally, remember to celebrate everything you’ve achieved so far!

For more study tips see the Helping you study guide. 

For more support and advice see UC’s student support services

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