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Title: Dr Michelle Reid, Study Advice


1
Preparing for finals
  • Dr Michelle Reid, Study Advice
  • michelle.reid_at_reading.ac.uk

2
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

3
Which best describes you whenpreparing for
exams?
Perfectly planned Polly Laid back Larry
Are you planning to adapt your existing exam
strategies for your finals if so, why?
4
Adapting your strategies
  • Allowing enough time for revision
  • Ensuring the right balance between modules
  • Not trying to cover / memorise absolutely
    everything
  • Using past papers and doing more practice
  • Managing nerves
  • Not comparing self to others / doing a post
    mortem!

5
Difference between finalsand exams in other
years
  • Looking for deeper understanding
  • Looking for evidence of some wider reading and
    thinking
  • More competing demands on your limited time

6
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
    along

7
Who can help
  • Study Advice - feedback, dissertations, exam
    prep
  • 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)

8
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

9
Maintaining health and motivation
  • Dr Alicia Peña Bizama, Student Wellbeing
  • m.a.penabizama_at_reading.ac.uk

10
Tips to keep healthy
  • Maintain a regular routine sleep, meals/healthy
    food
  • 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

11
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

12
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
    rewards
  • Focus on the things you are doing not on what
    is left to do

13
Resources
  • Life Tools talks (increasing concentration,
    preparing for exams)
  • Counselling and Wellbeing (Peer Supporters)
  • Leaflets - www.reading.ac.uk/counselling

14
  • Good luck in your finals!
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