Preparing for your assessments

Tips for preparing for your assessments

  1. Create a daily/weekly/monthly to-do list to keep you on track, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t complete everything! Instead, revise your future lists so they become more manageable.  
  2. Figure out your schedule: different people work best at different times and locations. Find your comfortable revision space and time.  
  3. Don’t forget to slot in regular breaks. This is vital to process and retain information effectively and reduces the risk of burnout. Make sure you also put time aside for non-revision activities.  
  4. Try out the Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes revising, 5 minutes break and then after 4 “Pomodoros” take a 30-minute break. Research shows that we can only properly concentrate for 30-45 minutes at a time.  
  5. Don’t compare the amount of revision you are doing to your peers. People process information differently so find out what is right for you. 
  6. Don’t sacrifice your sleep! A good night’s sleep refreshes and repairs the brain ready for the next day 
  7. If you struggle with assessment anxiety, take a look at our dedicated webpages for more advice 

How can the University support you?

  • If you are struggling with your academic writing, or if you would like to elevate your writing to the next level, workshops and on-demand resources are available.
  • The University also has a Maths Learning Support Centre, which can give individual help to students from any department who have problems with Maths. You can contact them via email on: or via telephone on +44 (0)1509 22 8250 
  • If you need additional support with assessments due to dyslexia or any other disability, you can contact members of our Student Services team who can help with any additional assessment arrangements you may need.

What to do next?

You should check your current assessment adjustments via your self-service portal here 

If they are not as you are expecting, please contact us with the stated deadlines in mind.

Self-enrol for the Study Skills Module on LEARN to complete relevant resources and book on to workshops.

If you are struggling with your maths skills contact The Maths Learning Support Centre 

If you need guidance or help with study skills, including your writing, our Academic Language Support Service can help you.

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Last Updated: 1st December 2023