Exam tips

Do you feel stressed before your exam? If so, you are not alone! On this page you will find some tips to help you get a better exam period.

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The last days before your exam #

• Go over what you have already learned rather than attempting to learn something new.

• Spend time on activities you enjoy, whether it's physical activity or watching a good film. Take care of yourself and take breaks. Reward yourself for your hard work and effort. It may increase your motivation and stamina.

• Find out where the exam venue is and show up in good time before the exam begins. 

• If you are very nervous, you may visit the examination venue before the exam date. Tell yourself that you are going to master the exam. Imagine where you want to sit - and where you sat the last time you mastered an exam.  To reduce nervousness, you can also answer past exam papers in that subject. Set time to completion; only use permitted examination aids.

• Students sometimes have problem sleeping the night before their exam. It is not dangerous to have one sleepless night - it will probably not affect your exam results.

• Pack your bag the day before the exam, and include everything you need. Then you do not have to worry about this in the morning. Remember to bring some food that gives you the energy you need and have a meal before leaving home.

On the day of your exam #

• Enter the exam room and tell yourself that you will try your very best. If you have followed lectures and done what you are supposed to do during the semester, you have a good starting point.

• Read through the exam set several times. Ask yourself if you really understand what the questions are. Write down relevant keywords if something pops up in your mind as you read the tasks. It can be an advantage to start with a task you find easy, it will not take a long time and and you can start a more difficult task when you're in more of a groove. It may also give you associations for later tasks. Plan how to allocate your time and check if there are any major tasks that will require more time than others.

• Do not let yourself be stressed by other students. You can not know how others will perform anyway, and it does not matter at all for your own achievements.

• Don't you remember anything you've learned? Take your exam supervisor out for a chat! Just speaking loudly can make you remember more.

• Do you feel stressed? When we are nervous, our breath becomes superficial and fast and it affects how the body feels. Try to breathe deeply, far into the stomach, before slowly exhale. Wait five seconds before you inhale again. Do this exercise 5 times and you will feel calmer.

Remember #

If you get a bad grade, it's not the end of the world. We wish you good luck on the exam!

Course in exam skills #

NTNU Career offer exam skills course in English for study programmes or student groups (25 persons minimum) on request, and is free of charge. 

Contact #

In need of more information or guidance, please contact NTNU Career

The Special Needs Accommodation Service can also give advice and guidance regarding study techniques.  


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