Passing exams

Make your revision count

Cover all the main points

As a general rule, you will have about 30 to 40 minutes per question in an examination on average. As you revise, ensure that you cover the main points by looking for the broader issues, arguments, relationships and ideas.

Remember: find one good example that illustrates or supports each main point or broader issue that you are learning.

Revision strategies:

  • Practice outlining- quickly plan out your answers to a set of exam questions as often as the practice of writing full answers.
  • Create bullet point lists.
  • Develop spider diagrams.
  • Find out what you are permitted to take into the exam with you. There is no point in learning complicated formulae if you are provided with formula sheets, or if the examination is going to be open book.