Swinburne's Survival Guide: Tips to Ace Your Exams

Giorgia Petterd


As the exam season approaches, we know you might be starting to feel the pressure. But don't fret! We've got you. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and let us help you navigate this sometimes daunting time with our best exam tips. 


1. Understand the Exam Format: Knowing what will be ahead helps to ward off exam anxiety. Will it be multiple-choice, essay-style, or short-answer questions? Will there be a practical component? Understanding this will help you tailor your revision strategy and help you feel more prepared in the lead-up to your exams. 


2. Plan Your Study Time: Have you ever heard of the saying, "proper planning prevents poor performance?" Well, it's true. Start by breaking down your subjects into manageable chunks and then create a study schedule. Remember to allocate time for rest and relaxation as well - your brain needs it! 


3. Active Learning is Key: Passive reading might be an easy way to go about things, but it's not the most effective. Try to engage with the material actively. This could mean creating flashcards, summarising information in your own words, teaching concepts to a friend, or using mnemonic devices.  


4. Take Care of Yourself: This might sound like your mum talking, but it is pretty good advice. Get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, and make time for activities you enjoy. Your brain will thank you for it! 


5. Reach Out for Help: If you're struggling with a particular topic, don't hesitate to ask for help. Your tutors, lecturers, and Swinburne's student support services are here for you. Remember, every question asked is a step towards understanding and success. 


6. Believe in Yourself: Lastly, keep a positive mindset. Exams can be intimidating, but remember that they don't define your worth. You are capable, smart, and you can do this!


So, there you have it - some tips to help you navigate the upcoming exam season. Remember, preparation is key, but don't forget to take care of yourself in the process. Good luck, and remember - you got this!