The most stressful time in any student’s life….Exams. But there is one thing we all seem to forget in the last minute panic, the exam can’t kill you so there’s no need to be so afraid of it. Keep the month of April as free as you can, don’t take holidays or a part time job. The library will be jammers but we will have other study spaces set up so keep an eye on CollegeRoad.ie. April is not a month off it’s a study month so use it wisely even when the sun is shining get your study hours done.
Make sure you have your timetable printed, your exam number is on it, and you have your student card, pencil case, water bottle, ruler and calculator etc.
If you are unwell during exam time contact your department office and let them know. If you go to a Doctor make sure the Exams and Records Office get a copy of any Medical Certs. Ask me if you have any questions! You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are various types of assessment in UCC. These vary from exams to essay, tutorials or labs. It is important to check what type of assessment each module you do uses. When you have a choice of modules pick the modules which assessment suits you. Last year I picked modules that had essays and research opposed to exams and as a result I had no end of year exams. Yet if you are good at exams pick subjects with exams and you will perform at your best.
You should never miss a deadline without letting your lecturer or supervisor know. If you have a genuine reason for falling behind they will usually allow you extra time to complete your work. Always get in touch with them before the deadline arrives as you may be docked marks for late submissions or given no mark at all. You will find the marking schemes in the Book of Modules and your lecturer must stick to this for the entire year so surprise tests cannot go toward your final marks. If you miss an exam, class or deadline for medical reasons make sure you hand a copy of your doctor’s note into your department office and the original into the Exams & Records Office.