Exam season is upon us once more. How quickly this year has seemed to fly past, as if it were mere days gone by!
When you are at university you will most likely have to face exams at some point (some courses are entirely coursework based, but check out how your course is assessed at www.Kingston.ac.uk) Different people handle them differently, some prefer them over coursework! (Law is a dual assessment with both coursework and exams) Some people use strategic revision techniques, some people study a lot, some have photographic memories and can ace exams without too much stress and hassle...
I am in between, I guess. I did well in my first year exams because I worked very hard, but I did get a bit stressed out worrying I was going to fail, which is natural in your first year, I think. There are a number of tips I can give you that I've picked up to hopefully help with your revision and help you along the way.
1. Find out early on in your course modules what the assessment will be. Whether it is coursework, practical or exams. This information is usually (for Law) provided during your first lecture/seminar in the form of a 'module handbook' which contains all above information and sets out the topics you will go over in the year (there are normally about 15 large topics and you can be examined on any one of them).
2. When you know how you're going to be assessed, and the topics you might be assessed on, bear it in mind during all of your seminars and lectures. Always have the reminder in the back of your mind that exam season rolls around soon enough and that eventually you're going to have to write out what you know on the given topic being taught. Make comprehensive notes and do all of your reading. Don't fall behind as you will miss things and then you'll make life harder for yourself when it comes to revision.
3. Coursework - I had four essays this year that were assessed coursework pieces - one for each module. You have no excuse not to get a great grade on these because you have the time and resources available to ace them. Work hard, reference (!), don't plagiarise (!!) and always remember you can take it to BLASC if you're not sure on structure, grammar, language etc. (BLASC is the academic skills centre for business and law http://business.kingston.ac.uk/about-us/kingston-hill-campus/business-and-law-academic-skills-centre) Most other subjects will have their own skills centre on campus too.
4. Revision - start early, get a revision group (not friends to avoid chatter), I personally work more in the library than at home, go over your notes, read your text books, make flash cards, test yourself on past exam papers etc. Think about the structure of what your exam answer should take, because that's more important than you'd think. For example, in law you rarely need the facts of cases, simply the legal principle... which I didn't realise properly until my second year. During revision, stay hydrated and eat well as your mind works better then.
5. The exam - eat breakfast on the morning, take a bottle of water to the exam and a couple of pens just in case. If it's Law and you're allowed a statute book, make sure you have an appropriate copy. Read the question through properly, make a plan, take a breath and begin. Overall, use the knowledge you have learnt the past year, coupled with your common sense and I'm sure you will do very well indeed.
Now, I must get back to revising, good luck everybody!!
Making use of the Bank Holiday weekend by sorting out my room in halls. I move back home next month for the summer. Here is one of my boxes ready to go back the next time my Mum visits.
With only a month left to go until my band and I play my home town festival, Basingstoke Live, practice was calling until the end of hours. The practice rooms in Kingston Hill are beginning to become a second home to me and the boys at the moment.
Being involved in the #TakeoverKU Twitter takeover! This is an opportunity for anyone who is applying to Kingston to ask current Student Ambassadors about any aspect of life at KU! I really enjoyed getting to know the other ambassadors and speaking to all of you!
A sweet treat for myself after being poorly today, definitely worth the trek to Asda.
A surprise trip home! I love turning up and surprising my family but unfortunately good weather didn't follow me, but on the plus side there was a beautiful rainbow.
Spending quality time with my sister, I let her paint my toe nails and have endless selfies in her new room. This is one of my favourite parts of being able to go home, she drives me crazy but I can always laugh with my little sister!
Back in Kingston this evening and working on my log book entries for a teaching scheme I am a part of. I am part of the Compact Scheme which is a support network for students who meet a certain criteria. I've been working in my placement school for a few weeks and I'm enjoying it! Not long to go now until I'm finished though!
So my time at Kingston is coming to an end and it feels really strange that in just over a month, it will be the complete end of an era! (Don't worry, this isn't going to be a soppy blog...)
Whilst writing my dissertation and preparing for my deadlines/exam, procrastination works at maximum speed and I seem to find myself doing anything apart from the task at hand. From cleaning unnecessarily, to flicking through Facebook photos from five years ago. Part of it I spent thinking about my last three years at Kingston and it isn't until it's all about to come to an end when you stop and realise just how good you've had it.
Year One was an absolute blast and after two years out of education I put my serious cap back on my head and headed for the library. Oh how I was wrong; I probably saw that library another three or four times the whole year. Freshers week, living in halls and the ten minute until deadline mornings were some memories I won't forget, and I'm jealous of anyone who is about to relive these.
Whilst second year became somewhat more serious, the first semester of it I spent at Bond University in Australia and had THE TIME OF MY LIFE! If anyone has the chance to go abroad, you really should take the opportunity because I seriously had the most fun ever whilst gaining credit towards my degree (I've written a blog about it so you should check that out).
Finally, third year really has brought things down to earth and I swear every minute of the last six months has been either studying, worrying, or worrying about studying. I have learnt and written more in third year than I have my whole life. I'm not complaining however, because it's actually been totally worth it and really fun, and helped me decide that I definitely want to go on to study a Masters... I love learning! The amount of work you produce in third year, too, kind of makes you proud and realise how much you have gained from coming to University. And not only have you gained a considerable amount of knowledge, you have entirely changed and developed as a mature young person (there's my soppy-ish bit!).
I really have enjoyed most of my time at Kingston, with the exception of horrid deadlines that I under estimated and left right until the last minute. Despite being ready to move on to the next chapter (and so so ready for the summer after final year slaving away in the library!), I would really like to have a couple more months to enjoy my time at Kingston. So, if anyone has a time travel machine, please send it this way.
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