By the time you guys have the pleasure of reading this, my first semester exams will be over, and hopefully I’ll be onto my second semester at university.
Exam preparation is strangely less stressful than I expected it to be. At university, 40% is the new 80%, meaning for the majority of courses, you only need 40% to pass, and a 60% is considered a very good grade. So that takes the pressure off a lot.
What I love about my course, which I know is not the case for most other courses, is that we don’t have mid-term exams. Instead, we have one assignment for each unit that are due in reasonably spaced apart, and are no more than 6 pages long, including a plan. These count towards a portion of our grade, and we are given our results prior to exams, meaning we already have some reassurance before heading into take our papers.
As if that doesn’t sound breezy enough, our papers consist of no more than 60 questions, which we are given an hour to complete… and they’re all multiple-choice questions. I say all this now, and make it sound an absolute doddle, but I know it’s not always going to be like this. However, I think its important to reassure people that university really does ease you into things. One thing that puts a lot of people off is how much harder they expect the marking process to be compared to A levels, and assume they won’t be able to handle it.
Whilst of course the material is harder than my A level psychology course, the examination process really is laid out in a gentle way. In the 1st semester at my university, they cannot mark you down for incorrect referencing, because it’s all part of the learning process, and they appreciate how fiddly this bit can be.
Hopefully, exams will go well, and I’ll be able to continue in February, but the most important thing is to just enjoy the ride, and work hard too, but don’t take everything stressfully seriously at first; have fun!