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Exam prep workshops stress stressing less

Friday 20 April 2018 1:09pm


Studying for university exams is a great idea – and so is learning effective ways to prepare for them.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) hosted an exam preparation workshop on 17 April for alumni-administered scholarship recipients.

About 15 students attended a workshop at St Margaret’s College with Dr Stephen Scott, the inaugural Director of First Year Experience, on a range of techniques for preparing for, and succeeding in, exams.

Stephen discussed the importance of preparing early for exams. The need to research the format of the exam, develop time management strategies, and study in a way the fits the individual and the exam format.

Among the biggest “stressors” that often overwhelm students are the lack of exam preparation and the pressure of wanting to get good marks.

Dr Stephen Scott

“Not all doors are shut if you don’t get high marks . . . it’s possible to not know 20 per cent of the content and still get a B+,” he says.

An often overlooked component of exam preparation is the actual sitting of the exam. The exam environment excludes technology so there is no music, computer or watches allowed; Stephen encourages students to practice being in a silent exam-like environment where answers must be handwritten.

More exam tips are now available on the new first-year UNIO101: Getting started at Otago Blackboard site.

DARO staff look forward to catching up with our alumni-funded scholarship recipients at other ‘check-in’ events later this year.