Plan, plan, plan.

Get real with yourself. You haven't got this far without sitting one or two exams so you know your weakness and strengths. Be honest with yourself and try and work with what you've got.

As Dr. Roy would say: "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail".

Look at your schedule - when can you realistically fit in study time and for how long. Unfortunately your social life will suffer at this time. Nobody will be out anyway, so you might as well study!

Create a timetable; include time for all your modules, meal times and other break times.

Study at the same time each day, make it a habit.

The environment you study is important. Try to make sure it's a quiet, relatively tidy space, with a suitable desk and chair and enough light and heat. Stock up on study materials like pens, markers, highlighters, rulers, flash cards etc in advance.

And finally turn off the mobile, Skype, Bebo, Facebook etc. No distractions allowed!

Get previous exam papers

Know your enemy! The sooner you get copies of previous exam papers, the better.

Photocopy them from the library or print them out online.

Make yourself familiar with the type of questions asked in the past.

Use the papers to help you study by practising sample answers. If you have a small group of able friends, agree to do a question each and share around the results. Find out if there will be any changes to the format of the paper this year.

Get organised

Review your notes, if they're crap, beg or borrow some from other classmates who actually attended lectures.

Make sure they have legible handwriting.

Get two sets of notes so that you can cross reference and get the best of both sets. It's a 'sickner' when you get a better mark than your classmate and you used their notes to study!

No harm in asking!

Ask lectures for hints on exam papers. Seriously, it often works.

If you want to go the more politically correct route, ask them for 'some guidance with your studying'.

Understand your own learning style

You may not have heard but we all have different ways of learning.

There is generally understood to be three types of learners;

  • visual learners who learn through seeing,
  • auditory learners who learn through listening,
  • tactile/kinesthetic learners who learn through, moving, doing and touching.

Knowing the way you learn is helpful in planning your study for exams.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Have a think about knowledge that stayed with you in the past and ask yourself why it did. Then use this to help you plan your study techniques for this exam session.

If you find yourself getting stressed during exam-time, read here for tips on stress management.