Everything you need to know about your upcoming exams

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With exams and the end of the year fast approaching, we know this can be a stressful time. That’s why we’ve put everything together in one place to help you through the exams and assessment period – from study support to finding your room and most importantly, looking after your wellbeing.

Get ready ahead of time

Alongside studying for your exams, make sure you find the time to get prepared with the practicalities too. Take a minute to read through our exam guidance to make sure you know what is expected of you for both in-person or online assessments. This includes what you can bring to the exam hall and where to get help if you have a problem.

Do you have online exams this year? If so, make sure that you also take a look at the specific advice and guidance including accessing technical support – it’s important to do this ahead of time so everything goes smoothly on the day. Also, it’s really important that you check that your 2-factor authentication from Duo is fully set up, as you’ll need this to access Blackboard.

Lastly, make sure you’ve checked your exam timetable and find your exam room ahead of time with our interactive campus map.

Feel confident with our exams support

There’s plenty of support you can access to help you feel prepared and confident as your exams approach. The Library has specialised assessment support, including practical workshops, drop in support and revision guides. 

You should also familiarise yourself with our advice on ways to avoid academic malpractice, including information on collaboration vs collusion and the university’s guidance on plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice

Past papers are a great way to improve your exam technique and you can search by subject for them on the exams website, where you’ll also find hints and tips for revision. 

If you’ve hit a wall with your revision or could do with some tips, make sure you check out the first episode of our student-run Manchester Voices podcast – ‘Revision, exam and wellbeing tips for university applicants’. In this episode student Madi hosts a chat with Grace and Georgia about all things exams and has some great advice from current students.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled on our Student News pages for helpful tips and tricks this exam season, including lots of advice from other students too.

Taking a break

As much as it might sound counterproductive, taking regular breaks and time away from studying is really valuable and will help you sit your exams with ease in the long run! Block out time for activities you enjoy. Sport is an excellent way to de-stress, Sporticipate offers a wide and varied range of accessible, inclusive sport and activity for everyone, so why not check it out?

If sports aren’t your thing, take a look at our ‘What’s on in May’ article for some inspiration and ideas for things to do in between revising and taking your exams – either on your own or with friends. We’ll also be running wellbeing events throughout the exams period which you can find in the Wellbeing calendar here

Look after your wellbeing

University support services – Including our 24/7 online and phone services

Six ways to wellbeing – How small, everyday changes can help 

What do other students do? – How our student bloggers cope with exam season, with new ways to look after yourself, self-care 101 and advice on how to get out of a slump.

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