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Revision Tips & Support

By hannahk 01 May 2024

Preparing for exams and assessments? You've got this! Here's some advice and top tips this exam season...

1. Utilise the time you have available

It might sound obvious but make the most of the time you have to prepare. This doesn’t mean cram every minute of the day or stay up all night writing essays, but instead consider the time you have between now and your assessment and how you can best use it. To motivate yourself, set realistic and achievable objectives for the day. It can be tempting to set ambitious objectives but it can be disappointing if you do not meet them.

If you are feeling as though you could have used your time better so far, don’t dwell on this! Make sure that you focus your energy on what you can achieve in the time you have available.

2. Find your revision style

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to revise or prepare for assessments. We all have different ways to prepare and it’s worth considering your revision style and what works best for you e.g. do you work best in groups or alone, in the morning or evening? Don’t worry if this takes time to work out - it’s a skill that you can improve on over time.

3. Look after yourself!

It’s really important that you take care of yourself during what can be a stressful time. This is to make sure that have the energy and motivation that you need to tackle an essay or assessment. For example, try to fuel yourself with nutritious food and drink plenty of water. Rest is really important so try get a good night’s sleep the night before an exam.

As well as this, make sure that you reward yourself after a day of revision e.g. watch your favourite programme, read some of your book, try a new recipe or meet up with friends. Why not write yourself a bucket list for things to do in Liverpool in the next few months or set a date for a night in or out with your pals.

4. Fuel yourself

The type of food you eat can affect your energy levels and ability to concentrate – both of which are really important at this time. For inspiration, check out some exam fuel recipe ideas we have put together here.

5. Find extra resources to support your studies

KnowHow have lots of helpful revision tips as well as a series of online webinars and workshops to help you expand your academic skillset e.g. how to reference, how to take notes successfully. You can book an appointment to speak to your Librarian Liaison for advice specific to your subject area.

Canvas also has a range of tutorials available. 

6. Seek support if you need it

It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious in the lead up to exams and assessments. There are lots of ways you can manage those feelings e.g. doing exercise, going for a walk and getting some fresh air. Using breathing techniques and mindfulness can also help you relax. 

If you need any additional support, please don't be afraid to reach out. Here are some different types of support available to you:

  • Student Services have put together helpful self-help guides on stress, anxiety, imposter syndrome and lots more topics to help prevent these issues from escalating. View the self-help guides here.
  • You can contact your Residential Adviser if you wish to talk over any issues you might be experiencing. Remember you can contact the out of hours Duty RA Phone if you need to reach out. Find your Hall's Duty RA phone number here.
  • Remember that the University has lots of support in place for students during assessment period. Student Services are available to provide students with advice and support on both academic and non-academic matters. Click here to find out how Student Services can help.
  • Health Assured is a free, confidential adviceline available 24/7. You can talk to counsellors by calling their helpline on 0800 028 3766 or download the app for wellbeing support. Find out more here.
  • For further guidance and contacts for wellbeing support and resources – click here.
  • Student Minds also has helpful ways for you to combat exam stress here.

Wishing you the very best of luck – Halls Life team!