Study tips for exam success
Surrey’s Student Learning Advisors offer tips and advice on the things you can do throughout the year to help you make the most of your study time.
How to study
1. Plan your time
Allow time for things like exercising and socialising with friends and family, as well as academic work. Even when exams are on the horizon, you need to find a healthy balance.
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2. Look after yourself
To improve memory, brain function and emotional resilience it’s important to eat well and sleep well.
3. Learn independently
Aim to be an independent learner, but understand that this does not mean you are on your own. Independent learners are proactive, reflective and self-aware – they try to find solutions to problems, think about and question what they hear, see, learn or experience, and know their strengths and weaknesses. They also know to ask for help when they need it.
4. Know your learning outcomes
Take the time to understand what you need to achieve for each piece of work or module that you undertake. Also, make sure that you fully grasp tasks, assignments and questions – if you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
5. Take time to reflect
Reflecting on the things you learn – whether that’s lectures you attend, material you read or events and activities you participate in – improves the odds that those lessons will stay with you, making them all the more valuable.
This will help you not only to identify gaps in understanding so that you can plan what you need to focus on, but also it will make revision for exams easier. Reflection involves questioning and critical thinking and, ultimately, leads to new knowledge.
Study support at Surrey
The University of Surrey’s £16 million Library and Learning Centre offers students a wealth of study resources.
All students can access the support of Student Learning Advisors who offer advice to students on all aspects of academic study, from improving written work and practicing presentations, to working on time management.