Academic expert's top tips for students facing mock exams

10 January 2024

Look after yourself, be organised and find the revision method that works best for you. These are some of the top tips from University of Derby experts for students as they prepare for their mock A-level exams over the coming weeks.

The exams act as good preparation for students ahead of their final papers in the summer, providing an opportunity to experience exam conditions and identify areas that require more work.

Dr Thomas Hunt, Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Derby, advises:

“It is important students take their mock exams seriously as they are a really good indicator of how things will go in the summer exams. At the same time, it’s important not to be too anxious – losing sleep over them, for example, will affect your concentration.”

Dr Hunt recommends the following:

Kate Wood manages the University’s Work Health Hub, which provides wellbeing support to businesses. She advises getting into good habits that will help students concentrate as well as reducing stress:

Kate says:

“Above all, keep things in perspective, and make sure you’re talking over any concerns with someone you can trust – whether that’s your parents, siblings, friends or a teacher. If you are feeling stressed and don’t know where to get help, there are various organisations with experts available to support you. Young Minds, for example, provides lots of advice for young people, their parents, and those who work with them.”

Discover more support for exam time on the University of Derby’s website.

There is still time to visit the University of Derby before the UCAS application deadline on 31 January. The University is holding an Open Day on Saturday 20 January at its Derby Campus, where students can explore its facilities, speak to staff and students, and tour accommodation. Find out more and book.


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