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Top exam tips to help keep you on track

Dylan, Student Intern, shares some great exam tips from our Disability & Dyslexia Team  relevant to all students…


With exam resits fast approaching I felt it timely to share some tips from the team. We hope you will find these tips useful and please share your tips with us by commenting on this blog post or via twitter or facebook.

Ensure you answer the title you’re given, not the title you wish you were given!

  1. Highlight the subject on which the title is based – what is the topic actually about? This will direct your research and reading to ensure you are planning for the assignment in front of you. Keep your focus – ensure all reading is relevant to build your argument. In an exam – keep your focus on the topic to help your writing remain relevant and to stop you from going off on a tangent.
  2. Highlight the key words within the title – what is the essay asking you to do? Explain, Compare and Contrast, Describe… This will set the tone for how you approach and construct the main body by using the relevant approach of writing style.
  3. Once you’ve planned your essay- go back and check that it outlines the answer to your essay title. No matter how well you write it, if it doesn’t answer the title given, you won’t be awarded the marks.


Manage your exam time wisely!


  1. Make a plan – a plan helps you focus and allows you to quickly note down all your key points. If you dive straight in you risk forgetting ideas along the way and going off on a tangent. Plans can take any form you like; linear, mind map, bullet points – choose the method that suits you best, but don’t just re-write your revision notes. Think about the question and jot down the relevant information.
  2. Be strict with your time – don’t be tempted to spend too long on any one answer – even if it is a question on your favourite topic. Look at the weightings of each question and spend the appropriate amount of time planning and answering them.
  3. Proof read – in your time plan allow at least 5 minutes per essay to proof read what you have written. Sub-vocalise (i.e. imagine you can hear each word in your head- obviously don’t speak) or use your finger to focus on each word, as you are more likely to spot mistakes this way.


Accessing more support from the Disability & Dyslexia Team

If you are entitled to 1-1 Study Skills Support and have not yet taken up this support and you wish to book an appointment with our Study Skills Tutor(s) to attend a Study Skills Session, or workshop, on effective time management skills: email

If you have a disability or health condition and have not yet met with an Advisor to discuss your support needs please book an appointment with a Disability Advisor email

If you are unsure whether you have a Specific Learning Disability or know that you do but are yet to organise your diagnostic assessment, please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service, Email: for further information.

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Your feedback and help please

Have you found this blog post useful?  Please help us by commenting in the comments bar below, and  if there is anything further you’d like to know ask your questions there too.

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Best wishes
Dylan, Student Intern, Disability & Dyslexia Team


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