Success In Mind

‘The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.’

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Click the links below for tips and advice to help when it comes to academic pressure:


Start revision early. Trying to grasp a whole year’s work in the final days or hours before an exam is likely to lead to more anxiety.


Plan a structured revision timetable. Set yourself achievable goals and include breaks and pleasurable activities.

Past Papers

Think about the kind of questions that will be asked and practice with past exam papers.

Ask Away

Seek help and advice from your department if there is anything you are unsure about, they may run pre-exam workshops.

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Make sure you look after your general wellbeing: eat regularly and well, take regular breaks and get some exercise. (Keeping to a regular sleep routine can also improve your concentration!)

Your Style

Above all, remember that no two revision techniques are the same, so find a method which works for you.

Feeling worried?

Search ‘exam anxiety’ on the university’s website, or take a look at Managing Exam Anxiety page.


Create a folder for each module so that you can keep all of the relevant material in one place. Lecture notes can also be particularly useful for writing essays.


Always write a plan, even if it is only very rough. If you cannot do this, it is a sign that you have not really thought through the implications of the question, or the argument you wish to make.


Managing your time effectively is key! Many students cram writing an essay in the night before it’s due, making the whole process more difficult than it needs to be, and usually leaving no time to proofread or edit.


Presenting your work in the right way can sometimes gain you extra marks. Your student handbook should detail how to format your essay. Think about font, font size, line spacing, etc.


The way you reference depends on your department, so it’s important to check which style they use. See the library’s Referencing Guide

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