Exam timetables are out now! Find yours here.
It’s time to plan your study, prepare for revision and do everything you need to do to get the best result. Here’s a list to get you started.
Check your exam timetable
We can’t stress this enough – check your exam timetable. Check it now, check it in SWOT VAC and check it again the morning of your exam. Locations and times can change and it’s up to you to double check the details.
We spoke with not one, but TWO students on The Uni Podcast, who said they’d got a time or location wrong because they didn’t check. Even if you’re sitting the same exam as a friend, you might be split into different times or locations, so please double check and avoid the stress.
If you need to double check if your subject has an exam, you can do so using the Subject Search Database.
Put your exam dates in your calendar
The Semester 2, 2019 examination period runs from Friday 1 – Thursday 21 November 2019. Mark your exam dates in your calendar and create a break down of study tasks you need to complete for each.
There’s a calendar built in to the LMS – make use of it and export it to your calendar on your phone for reminders on-the-go.
There are lots of free study planning apps available.
Quiz yourself on your knowledge with the Quizlet App or use the Tinycards App to make your own digital flashcards. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep with the Sleep Cycle App. Use the Evernote App to create and stick to your To Do List.
Plan your workload
Although the pace may quicken towards the end of semester, exam prep is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s important to plan ahead and plan early to reduce stress.
Create a realistic study plan and stick to it, factoring in time for social events, work and ‘life admin’.
There are lots of tips and tricks for managing your workload – find what works for you.
Set up a study group
Members of study groups who catch up regularly often achieve better results and are a great way to boost your motivation. Get together with friends or classmates from your course and form a study group. Set ground rules early to avoid your study sessions slipping into chaos. Stick to set times and plan regular breaks to avoid procrastination.
Talk through ideas, problem solve, brainstorm topics and discuss different approaches in a group. Or simply work away together and ask each other questions as you go.
Need help finding a group? Some Schools and student associations at La Trobe will help you find a place in a group relevant to your studies, such as the Law Student Association.
Take care of your wellbeing and access support
You’ll do your best when you’re feeling your best, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself in the lead up to, and during, exams. It’s normal to find study hard work, but there are lots of strategies and supports to help you.
Sometimes it’s helpful to sit down with an experienced peer and talk your strategies through. Peer Learning Advisors can help with making a study diary, setting up an assessment planner, positive study strategies. Drop in to your nearest Learning Hub to see a PLA, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Wellbeing at La Trobe is the best place to go to find further help and support if your study challenges are due to health, mental health, financial challenges, care responsibilities, and much more.