Exam support

Study: top tips from our students

  • "Study throughout the year - don't leave it all until the last minute."
  • "Make a realistic study plan and set monthly, weekly, and daily goals."
  • "Stay on top of work throughout the year. There are 24 hours in a day - even if you only spend 2 hours of those 24 doing some work, it all adds up!"
  • "Rather than focusing on how long you will be studying, write a list of daily goals instead and tick them off as you achieve each. This motivates you to go further."
  • "Look at the course on the Course Catalogue. Make sure you understand the Intended Learning Outcomes."
  • "Make flashcards throughout the year and study them daily. When it gets close to exam time, go through them all, hardest to easiest."
  • "Use flashcards. Try forming questions from your lecture slides and go through them a few times a day."
  • "Study with your friends. Ask each other questions, and reflect on how to improve your answers."
  • "Set rewards for yourself once you complete a certain amount of studying. Whether it be a chocolate treat or an episode of your favourite TV show, they can really help motivate you to push through those long lectures!"
  • "Make a summary sheet for each sub topic. Include only the essential knowledge and try keep it to less than 1 page."
  • "Find the studying technique that works for you. Try repetition, colour coding your notes, making mind maps or diagrams, watching videos or listening to podcasts."
  • "Reflect on over-arching themes of the course and pursue wider reading of multidisciplinary works that could be pertinent (if there is time)."
  • "Study for your own good! Broaden your horizons. Be naturally curious. Have fun. It's important to have fun and enjoy what you do."
  • "Connect and understand your knowledge. The more you can link new concepts to other things that you have learned previously, the easier it will be come to answer a question."
  • "Go to all revision sessions. Teachers often give away hints on what could probably appear in the exam, or at least, they will direct the session towards a topic that they think will be useful to know for the exam. Also, make use of all apps, quizzes, recommended videos."
  • "Be aware of your weaknesses and work on them. Do not be afraid to look back on your notes, refer back and ask others until you understand it."
  • "Revise and read around the area in any possible way: the more you know about something, the better you will understand it."
  • "Don’t study on the day of the exam or the night before. Get a full night sleep!"
  • "Throughout the year listen for clues from teaching staff." 
  • "Find a place that facilitates concentration. Try out different locations and find out what suits you best."
  • "Find the place where you feel you optimise your learning. Whether it’s the silent library levels, cafe, or perhaps the comfort of your own home.
  • Organise your study space! Tidy desk = tidy mind."
  • "Switch up your study space. Studying in the same environment all of exam season is boring!"

Online exam check list

Before the exam

The only difference between online and traditional exams, is where you sit them.  Study as normal as you need the same skills, knowledge and understanding. In advance of the exam, make sure you know:

On the day

  • Make sure you eat a healthy meal and stay hydrated
  • Prepare your workspace to be tidy, quiet and with enough room to work
  • Make sure your laptop or desktop is charged and that you have the charger to hand
  • Make sure you have the necessary programs/documentation you will need for your exam(eg. Word, Excel, written notes etc)
  • Have paper for jotting down plans
  • Have water and snacks to hand if you need
  • Have the Helpdesk number to hand: +44 (0)141 330 4800
  • Have a clock or timer so can keep an eye on time throughout

If you have technical issues and can’t access the helpdesk via the internet, call +44 (0)141 330 4800

During the exam

  • Ensure you click on the declaration of originality option to declare your work as your own
  • Ensure you can download and see the exam paper, and that you understand what the questions are asking you; read the instructions/information on the front page
  • Craft your answers as you would in an in-person exam: you can use notes, materials and information but do not dedicate large amounts of time to looking for quotations or information. A stronger exam submission is one that displays a solid grasp of concepts and ideas; an exam answer that is obviously a collection of quotations or facts, without any of your own interpretation, will not do well
  • Remember that, if you do use any source materials in your exam, you need to provide in-text references in the appropriate style for your subject. No bibliography is needed
  • Double check your answers and that you have answered the correct number of questions
  • Double check that you have provided the correct question numbers beside your answers,and that your document has page numbers
  • Please check that you have uploaded the CORRECT FILE, that it is readable and is the version that you want to be marked; if you use a word-processing package other than Word, you are advised to convert and upload as a pdf
  • Lastly please ensure you upload files to the correct course Moodle assignment.
  • When you are happy with your answers, upload your document via the exam paper upload area on Moodle

If you have technical issues before or during your exam, inform the helpdesk immediately: