The Student's Guide to Exam Success

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Lay solid study
foundations
Timetabling and organisation
Tackling procrastination
The value of time off
Effective work patterns

I like work: I think it's fascinating. I can sit and stare at it for hours.

Jerome K. Jerome

In dealing with the onset of coursework and exams, students need two crucial inner strengths. The first, as I think you probably realise by now, is resilience – the mental and physical capacity to overcome the frustrations and anxieties that inevitably arise when facing exams. Chapters 1 and 2 offer new ways of thinking (and feeling) about your studies, solutions that I hope you'll find helpful from now on.

Exam success emotional = resilience+study skills

Obviously, students' capacity to perform also depends on their study skills degree of academic mastery. Much rests on how effectively you use your study time, on the quality of your approach to your coursework and on your revision and exam technique. Broadly speaking, the rest of this book helps you consolidate all of these study skills.

This particular chapter helps you get the most out of the time and effort you put into your work. It also offers solutions to typical problems students have in organising their learning, particularly in getting started. Learning isn't always fun: even those on courses they adore sometimes find the material difficult, boring, pointless or overwhelming.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction: Action, Not Anxiety 1
  • Part I - States of Mind for Success 5
  • 1: Clear Your Head 7
  • 2: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind 32
  • Part II - Techniques for Success 59
  • 3: Lay Solid Study Foundations 61
  • 4: Remember, Remember 82
  • 5: Use Resources Wisely 109
  • 6: Plan for Success 126
  • 7: Master Your Exams 146
  • Part III - Testimonials 167
  • A Word of Explanation 169
  • Appendix 1: Coursework and Exam Checklist 195
  • Appendix 2: Save Time at Your Computer 197
  • Appendix 3: Second Chances 199
  • Appendix 4: Learning Difficulties 200
  • Appendix 5: Special Exam Provisions 201
  • Useful Addresses 203
  • Bibliography 205
  • Index 207
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