Last Minute Study Tips From Macleay Lecturers

It's exam time! And no one knows how to get the best results better than Macleay lecturers. Here are their tips to help you get the best results you can and some advice on what to do when studying doesn't go to plan.

Do your best. Make sure you tell yourself every day that the only person you are competing against is yourself. And when those marks come in - for better or worse - know that you live in a country where you can do anything you want with a bit of perseverance and hard work. - Monica Attard, Head of Journalism

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Make sure you eat well and break up your study sessions. Hours of last minute cramming is pointless! - Stacey Murray, Journalism lecturer

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Take your time to read the question properly. I know you're racing against the clock, and the temptation is to skim read. But I did this in my English exam, misunderstood the instructions and ended up answering a question for a text I had never studied. Not great. So slow down and breathe! - Harriet McCready, Business & Journalism lecturer

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My favourite quote is by Bernice Johnson Reagon "Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are" - Pam Braithwaite, Business lecturer 

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Three tips from Lisa Faye, Business lecturer:

  1. Check both sides for the paper to ensure you answer ALL the questions.
  2. Never leave multiple choice questions unanswered
  3. True and false - always answer! 


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Advice from Ronan Healy, Business lecturer:

Sleep! Sleep! Sleep!

Not during your exam of course, but ensure you're getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep many weeks before your exams.

Memory recall and ability to maintain concentration are much improved when an individual is rested, so treat your sleep like a mini-exam every night.

Didn't get 7-8 hours sleep last night? Then you just failed the sleep exam!

Keep failing the sleep exam and chances are you're real exams will suffer too.

Oh and drink 2 litres of water a day, every day! Keep that beautiful brain of yours hydrated as it boosts cognitive function.


For more study tips check out our blog and download our study planner to help keep you on track.

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