Don’t be Scared of Oral Examinations

For many students, oral examinations are simply hell: The cause of sleepless nights, sweaty palms and temporary blackouts. They evoke associations with words like, blackout, embarrassment, arbitrary questions and/or losing your voice. Adrenalin is pumping through your body, your mind has gone foggy, and your thoughts are either racing or frozen.  You want to escape as soon as possible; and if possible never come back. Yup, we are talking about oral examinations. As always, there are many ...
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Exam Prep

Studying. Stu-DYING. The word "dying" is part of the word and yet most of your time at Uni will (should!) be spent on this, so having a good study plan is essential. The workload at Uni is miles beyond high school, be it depth or breadthwise and yet freshmen underestimate it despite repeated warnings of the fact. Romy’s post has some excellent strategies on how to get better grades and I decided to chime in with other ideas that may prove to be of some use. If you are a Civil Engineering stu...
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Overcoming Exam Nerves

There are lots of different kinds of exams: sometimes written and open, sometimes multiple choice, or even oral examinations. Depending on the type of exam you are preparing for, various strategies can help to reduce nerves – if you have any that is. The thought of the upcoming exams is enough to raise the pulse rate of even the coolest student. And those who tend towards procrastination now have to start worrying about all the things they still have to do. The term exam nerves doesn’t...
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Learn how to learn at university – strategies for better grades

When learning is frustrating. Picture by pixabay.comLearn how to learn? We have been doing that at school for years. Read through your notes a few times, highlight a few bits and pieces and you already know everything you need to. Yeah right. The reality at university is a bit different. By the time you reach the last third of the semester at the latest your course notes will have exploded in quantity. Only a few students will admit it, but studying at university means you have to learn a lo...
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