Counselling and Career Development

Exams

Prepare for exams

Preparation for your exams actually start on the first day you start studying for a module. Use the following resources to focus on preparation for the exams.

Exams

Exam preparation (MP3)
Exam preparation (2) (MP3)
Exam revision (MP3)

Although you have been preparing for your exams throughout the semester, there are some specific strategies you can use to prepare closer to the exams. Learn more about how you can prepare yourself to be ready for your exams.

Exams part I: Motivation (MP3)

It is important to reflect on your motivation to study when approaching the exams. Listen to some questions or aspects you could reflect on.

Exams part II: What do you still need to pay attention to? (MP3)

It is important to reflect on the things you still need to pay attention to in order to prepare for the exams. Here are some aspects you might want to think about.

Exams part III: Demotivators (MP3)

You need to reflect on those aspects that are making it hard for you to concentrate on your studies - what is demotivating you and what can you do about that?

Exams part IV: Exam revision (MP3)

What are the practical actions you have to take in order to revise for your exams. Listen to some aspects that may be important for you.

Exams part V: Exam questions (MP3)

Different types of questions require some adaptations in terms of your preparation for the examinations. Listen to some difference between essay-type and multiple-choice examination questions and what you need to be aware of.

Exams part VI: Exam anxiety (MP3)

Feeling anxious before or during an examination is normal. However, you need to be aware of the signs of anxiety and think about how you could deal with this anxiety positively.
Exams part VII: Before, during and after the exams (MP3)
Before, during and after the exams (2) (MP3)
Exam day (MP3)
We share some tips for what to do before, during and after your exams.
Exams part VIII: Exam self-reflection (MP3)
Exam self-reflection (2)  (MP3)
After you have written the exam, you need to relax, but before you do so, spend some time to reflect on your experience of completing the exam, as well as what you could do differently in terms of your preparation for the next examination period.
Exam anxiety (MP3)
Exam anxiety (2) (MP3)
Exam stress (MP3)
Feeling anxious before or during an examination is normal. However, you need to be aware of the signs of anxiety and think about how you could deal with this anxiety positively. Learn more about exam anxiety and some options regarding how to manage this.

Exam preparation (MP3)
Exam preparation before and during exams
(MP3)

Exam preparation starts on the day that you register for a module. We discuss strategies to prepare for your exams. These interviews were originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.
Exam revision (MP3)
Exam revision (2)
(MP3)
Exam revision is an important part of your preparation for the exam. We talk about some practical ways to revise. These interviews were originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Dealing with a traumatic experience before the exam (MP3)
Dealing with a traumatic experience before the exam (2) (MP3)

Dealing with a traumatic experience during before an exam can be overwhelming and disturbing. In this interview, we talk about how one could get support. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Exam self-reflection (MP3)
Exam self-reflection (2) (MP3)
Exam self-reflection (3) (MP3)

Reflecting on an exam you have written is important for you to identify your areas of development and celebrate your successes. We discuss the aspects you could reflect on to help you prepare for your next exam. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

Workshop handouts

Exam preparation (PDF) Workshop handout
Exam preparation (PDF) Workshop presentation about preparing for examinations
Exam focus (PDF) Workshop presentation about maintaining your focus during the exam period
Exam anxiety (PDF) Workshop presentation about dealing with exam anxiety
So you failed an exam - what now? (PDF) Workshop presentation about reflecting on your exam experience

Failed an exam?

Failing an examination could be overwhelming and you might feel that it is difficult to continue with your studies. Reflection will help you gain perspective on your situation: what do I need to do in order to pass my examinations next time?

Step 1: Reflect on how you prepared for your exams, how you write and what you would like to do differently by answering the questions on the Exam Self-Reflection document.

Step 2: Complete the DRIVER programme to further reflect on practical steps you can take in order to complete your examinations more effectively.

Did you know?

  • You can apply for a remark or recheck. 
  • You can contact your lecturer to discuss options in terms of how you could approach your examination differently, especially if this is not the first time that you have failed the examination.
  • You can purchase your examination script. If you would like to purchase a copy of your examination answer book, please apply in writing for a copy of the prescribed application form via e-mail: purchasescript@unisa.ac.za (student number must appear in the subject heading) or fax: 012 429 4150.

Students requesting a copy of the answer script will receive a photocopy replica or electronic version via e-mail of the examination answer script via registered mail once the application form and fee have been received and processed. Question papers and model answers/ memoranda will not be included with the copy of the answer script. Question papers are available in the university library or on the myUnisa student portal.