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Coronavirus - COVID-19 Updates and Resources from DkIT Library: Open books exam tips

Some general exam welfare tips

  1. Exercise, it may be the last thing you think you need when studying but exercising (within government guidelines) releases endorphins the brains feel-good neurotransmitter that make you feel energized and more able to deal with your studying.This can include walking, running (both within 5km) or exercises like pushups. Try it out. Hope it helps.
  2. Get enough sleep, it is tempting to stay up all night to get assignments and your exams done but doing this will lessen your concentration and performance level. Make sure to get at least 7-9 hours a night if possible.
  3. Avoid junk food, especially those high in sugar as this will lead to to poor concentration and a lack of energy. Aim to eat brain food like fish, nuts or blueberries.
  4. Make sure you take regular breaks while studying, many studies have studies have shown that we can only concentrate for 30-45 minutes at
  5. Turn off all social media notifications it will only make you unable to concentrate on your work, turn them off when you're trying to study or do your exams.
  6. Have a look at past exam questions as they will likely help you guess what questions are coming up in the exams. 
  7. If you're feeling a bit anxious about exams, stop what you're doing, find a quiet place and breath deeply in and out. It allows you to focus better than trying to power through the anxiety.

If you need any additional support don't hesitate to contact the library. 

Exam wellness

Key tips for open book exams

  1. Prepare for an open book exam as you would any exam: Despite having the material you still need to know the content you are being tested on both understanding it and being able to write about it effectively
  2. Though you may think you have enough time it’s a good idea to put tabs and sticky notes upon the material you intend to use for instance on particular chapters or pages that you think will be useful in answering the questions which makes them far easier to find. This saves a lot of time rather than traipsing through a book to find one section. 
  3. Finally due to you having access to your notes, be aware that most likely your exam questions will be a bit more difficult and will likely require you to analyze rather than simply remember the information. Thus you will need to know the material to a greater degree than you would for a closed book exam.  

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