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Title: Dr Michelle Reid, Study Advice

Preparing for finals
  • Dr Michelle Reid, Study Advice
  • michelle.reid_at_reading.ac.uk

The good news!
  • You have done exams before so
  • Familiar with university-style exams
  • Have already developed strategies for revision
    and in exam room
  • Hopefully know your preferred ways of learning
  • Know the areas you want to work on

Which best describes you whenpreparing for
Perfectly planned Polly Laid back Larry
Are you planning to adapt your existing exam
strategies for your finals if so, why?
Adapting your strategies
  • Allowing enough time for revision
  • Ensuring the right balance between modules
  • Not trying to cover / memorise absolutely
  • Using past papers and doing more practice
  • Managing nerves
  • Not comparing self to others / doing a post

Difference between finalsand exams in other
  • Looking for deeper understanding
  • Looking for evidence of some wider reading and
  • More competing demands on your limited time

What to do now
  • Check for any gaps in your understanding gt get
    support sooner rather than later
  • Organise your notes and materials know where to
    find things when you need them
  • Block off time for small amounts of regular
    practice / reading
  • Keep on top of your coursework need time for
    revision over Easter
  • Maintain or start any relaxation strategies
  • Develop your understanding steadily as you go

Who can help
  • Study Advice - feedback, dissertations, exam
  • Study guides
  • One-to-one sessions
  • Seminars
  • The final push completing your dissertation
  • Wed 29th Jan, 2.00-3.30pm, Carrington 101
  • Succeed in your finals
  • Wed 5th March, 2.00-3.30pm, Carrington 101
  • www.reading.ac.uk/studyadvice
  • Library, first floor (room 103)

Who can help
  • ASK Adviser for Economics - Antonia Fernandez
  • Drop in hours Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm and Fridays
    9.00-10.00am in HumSS 190
  • Lecturers / Tutor
  • Help with subject-specific questions / how to
    fill gaps in understanding
  • See office hours

Maintaining health and motivation
  • Dr Alicia Peña Bizama, Student Wellbeing
  • m.a.penabizama_at_reading.ac.uk

Tips to keep healthy
  • Maintain a regular routine sleep, meals/healthy
  • Take breaks on a regular basis (10 min)
  • Drink water/fluids to keep hydrated
  • Exercise (walking, stretching)
  • Connect with others
  • Improve your stamina by keeping fit

Tips to maintain motivation
  • Focus on learning rather than the outcome
  • Visualise learning each step of the task see it
    happening, think of possibilities of things
    working out
  • Challenge thoughts of worst case scenarios
    focus on what you are learning
  • Challenge thoughts of failure think about
    learning opportunities. No one is perfect.
  • Remind yourself you are making regular efforts
    and do what you can each day
  • Be your best friend be kind and understanding

Tips to get things done
  • Break tasks down into small steps start with
    the easier one
  • Identify distractions and pre-plan what you can
    do when these appear so that you are able to
    focus on your work
  • Identify things you want to do (eg. talk to
    friends, check Facebook, etc) and use these as
  • Focus on the things you are doing not on what
    is left to do

  • Life Tools talks (increasing concentration,
    preparing for exams)
  • Counselling and Wellbeing (Peer Supporters)
  • Leaflets - www.reading.ac.uk/counselling

  • Good luck in your finals!
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