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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

Check out support on campus with UCGO

UCGO has all the information you need on support services on campus. Separated into groups, it is easy to find support under the new student, adult student, international student or LGBTQIA+ student support categories.

The green support tile on UCGO also links you to information about groups like the Pacific Development Team and Office of AVC Māori who offer a number of services like mentoring and organise social activities to help enhance your student experience.

You can download and explore UCGO from the Apple App Store and Google Play now. For more information and to see frequently asked questions check out the UCGO webpage>

Check it out, and if you have any feedback you can submit it through the app. From the home page simply click on settings and select send feedback from the menu.

 

Unexpected exam results? Check out this practical guide

The possibility of failing is an inescapable part of life. Truth is, failing happens, and it happens even to very successful people. Often, what makes the biggest difference is the attitude we take towards failure, and the practical steps we take when it happens. We’ve put together three pieces of advice to help you move forward.

Step one: Deal with the feels

  • be kind to yourself
  • give yourself some time out
  • focus on self-comfort
  • get some exercise or hang out with friends

Step two: Evaluate the situation

  • do some detective work to find out what went wrong
  • determine what you had control over
  • talk to a classmate
  • talk to course staff

Step three: Make a plan of action

  • think about positive next steps to help improve
  • eg, ask questions in classes and tutorials
  • talk with support staff for their advice
  • reframe how you think about failing

Read more about practical steps you can take here. 

Even famous people experience setbacks, check out what Barack Obama encountered early on in his political career.

“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working…

For him, the solution was to refocus his thoughts away from questions of whether his decision to enter politics was right, and concentrate instead on the work that lay ahead.

…the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ – then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.” —Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States