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Exam skills

What is it?

Exams are one of the ways that you might be assessed during your studies. During an exam you will be required to answer a question or questions, in a set timeframe, under 'exam conditions'. Exams can follow different formats: some allow notes or are open-book, some you are allowed to take the paper away and are given a set time, but often they are completed by memory. 

Why do I need to learn it?

Work that you produce in an exam will be marked and generally contributes to your grades for your course. Learning exam skills that work for you can make a big difference in how well you perform in an exam.

How do I do it?

There are many elements to performing well in exams. Use the tabs above to explore revising for your exam, performing in the exam itself, coping with nerves and different exam types. 

Revision and Exams


Alex, Catherine, Naomi and Diana from the University of Derby Skills Team discuss their methods of exam revision, their tips and tricks and their how they deal with nerves. 

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