Since re-sits are just around the corner, and students all over Scotland will be knee-deep in lecture notes and anxiety, we thought we’d lend a helping hand. Remember not to beat yourself up – everyone fails, and it’s always possible to overcome previous mistakes. So to give you the confidence to tackle your exams the second time round, with guaranteed success, here are our seven tips on acing those resits this August.
Ask for Feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback on the exam you failed. Although it’ll feel like a bit of a bummer to hear first-hand where you went wrong, constructive feedback is vital to moving forward and allowing you to take different measures with revision for re-sits. Understanding where you missed the mark will make it easier to tailor your revision and get the results you need.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Einstein claimed that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. If you don’t pull up your sleeves and alter your study process and content, you’ll likely fail again. Making insightful changes by assessing feedback and mistakes is the only way to ensure success.
Talk to Your Advisor
That’s what they’re there for. If you’re feeling nervous or unsure about something don’t leave it to the last minute, make sure you’re mentally prepared not only for the exam content but for the psychological element of jumping this hurdle. Advisors will listen to your concerns and give you the best advice on how to move forward.
Find Alternative Ways of Studying
You may have been cooped up in the library for weeks on end, but how much of your study time was actually valuable? Did you retain much information or was a lot of your time spent scrolling through Facebook or staring at a blank screen? Quality time over quantity is key – and remember everyone works differently. What might work for others may not work for you. Tailor your revision to suit your schedule and learning style.
Try Private Tuition
Not all of us will have the cash to fork out for private tuition, so for some this may not be an option. But it can certainly help you more objectively delve into your studies with the aid of a perspective outside of your usual academic circle. An expert will give you tasks that will help you improve on your knowledge, and a weekly visit will motivate your revision.
Ask Course Mates for Help
If any of your pals took the same exam and got great results, it may be worth asking them for advice. What topics did they focus on? What were their revision methods? How did they stay motivated? It’s less intimidating asking a friend than a lecturer and it’ll more than likely give you the push you need to up your game.
While it can be devastating to receive a no award for an exam, despite all our efforts, it’s worth taking a step back and looking at your lifestyle, diet and mental health. Try limiting late nights and binge drinking to once a week, and focus on eating well and getting yourself counseling if you’re suffering from anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue. Counselors at uni are often free and will help you deal with stress and keep you focussed on your end goal.
Do you have a resit coming up this August and want to share your study tips? Drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re game for celebration after your exams, remember to pop by Freshers’ Festival in September, grab your free ticket here.