As May draws closer, you are sure to see lots of panicked students worrying about their upcoming exams. There’s always that one exam where you didn’t revise as much as you should, or you just don’t understand it, and the whole lead up to it becomes extremely stressful. Now why am I talking about exams in May when it’s still January?
I started my Animal Behaviour module this afternoon, and 65% of my total grade for that module will be from a 2h30 exam. To say I am worried is an understatement! I had two exams last year in Ecology, and I did okay – I got a 2:1 equivalent in both – but I expected to do better… I actually thought I had done way better in the second exam, but got a higher score in my first one! This exam in May is an essay one – there are two questions worth 50 points each. That’s what I’m worried about.
So, this year I’m starting my revision way earlier than usual! Now I am really interested in animal behaviour, so I do think I will find this module way more interesting and fun to do. Yesterday, in preparation, I wrote down all the learning outcomes, assignment notes and the recommended reading list. Having this in the front of my book will give me something to refer to, and it’s always there!
I’m planning to do a lot more background reading this time, from books and journals online. I’ve also made it a goal to write up my lecture notes every week in a new revision book, adding more research and definitions to give me a good revision guide. This will make me go over each topic every week, and I’m hoping to do more research until I have a full understanding of each thing. Then, I can just go back to my notes and refresh my mind with small index cards and whatever.
It sounds like a good plan to me, so I’m hoping I keep it up and it works!