Student Akshitha shares her top tips for preparing for exams
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How’s your exam revision going? As the end of the trimester looms, it’s a busy time as we’re all managing increased study workloads amid our other commitments.
Akshitha Menon, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin’s Burwood Campus, tells us how she’s getting ready to sit her online exams for T2 since adapting to online study last trimester.
How have you been coping with study and life in general over the past few months?
Since we’ve all been cramped within the walls of our house and leading a monotonous routine in lockdown, it’s natural for anybody to feel frustrated and wearisome. In these circumstances, I have focused on achieving a healthy balance between my online study and life by sticking to a fun daily schedule.
My routine incorporates sufficient time for assignments and social media to catch up with my friends, accompanied by some baking! I recommend creating a daily schedule that works best for you – you’ll be astonished to see how you can feel active and motivated all day long.
Deakin’s digital workload planner has been exceptionally helpful in managing my assignments and organising my trimester as a whole. The digital planner helps me to systematically organise my work time, family time and study time.
What are your top tips for preparing for exams?
- Create daily targets. Use a to-do list which provides you direction. The feeling of achievement while ticking off completed targets at the end of the day will deliver a sense of satisfaction and encourage you to keep going.
- Attend your Week 11 lectures without fail! They cover a lot of revision and important topics that you do not want to miss.
- Use your exam study break wisely. Prioritise units which you feel may require more practice. Attempt practice exams.
- Try virtual platforms to work with your study buddies. It’s currently difficult to utilise the library group study rooms, but you should try to catch up online with study partners if possible. We can sometimes fail to keep up with our own study timetable – you’ll be more likely to adhere to a schedule if you make plans with a friend who will keep you accountable.
- Are you preparing for an open-book exam? Remember, organising your notes is the key to cracking it! Using flowcharts, highlighters and Post-it notes will help you study in an interactive manner.
- Sufficient sleep and nutritious food is vital for a healthy brain. Ensure you accommodate time for power naps, snack breaks and exercise in your daily schedule.
- Do not take your mental health for granted! It is essential that you allot time for exercise or meditation, and stay connected to others. Being cooped up at home can be easier when you have a buddy beside you – why not ask your housemate to join you for some exercise? Or even some baking? By doing activities you enjoy, you elevate your happiness level and begin to feel healthy, both mentally and physically!
- Organise your space before you sit the exam. Don’t forget to mute devices that could distract you while you’re completing the exam.
- Be confident in your preparation and stay optimistic. Stay calm, you got this!
Did you learn anything from undertaking online exams in Trimester 1 that you’ll apply this time around?
The online exams in Trimester 1 went quite well for me, as I attempted the practice exams which prepared me on what to expect and how to approach the questions.
Time management is the key to acing any exam. I will ensure I allot reasonable time at the end of my exams to review my writing. It is very important to review the exam guidelines and take note of sensitive instructions, where non-adherence could be penalised.
What Study Support or other Deakin resources have you used and found helpful?
In addition to the study workload planner, I think one of the best study support services provided at Deakin is Smarthinking. This online service has helped me extensively with reviewing my assignments, as well as allowing me to drop-in or schedule sessions with a tutor for more personalised advice. Cloud Deakin alone includes a plethora of resources to support you throughout the trimester, using them wisely is a good way to excel.
Good luck Deakinites for your exams! 😊
Looking for more help as you prepare for your exams? See our handy guide to T2/S2 exams and final assessments, plus these tips for building your exam confidence and helpful advice on what pitfalls you can avoid when preparing for online, open-book exams. The Study Support page also offers many resources to help you complete your final assessments and exams.