The Open University since 2006
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Inside The Commons: Lifting The LidSaturday, 1st October 2016 17:10 - BBC Two Scotland onlyMichael Cockerell presents the first in a four-part series with unparalleled access to the House of Commons, filmed... Read more: Inside The Commons: Lifting The Lid
The Bottom Line: Autumn 2016: TheresanomicsAvailable for over a yearTheresa May wants a bigger role for government in business. Will it happen? Can it work? Read more: The Bottom Line: Autumn 2016: Theresanomics
Life Story: ParenthoodAvailable until Sunday, 30th October 2016 01:00
BBC Inside Science - 2016/2017 series: Rosetta's comet touchdown finaleAvailable for over a year
Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Episode 1Available until Friday, 28th October 2016 03:05
OpenLearn Live: 30th September 2016A quick collection of items of interest, to bridge the gap between Lives: 100 days of Brexit, the... Watch now: OpenLearn Live: 30th September 2016
Free courses for teachers and student teachersThe links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at... Read more: Free courses for teachers and student teachers
Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital worldThis free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence... Try: Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world now
Organisations and management accountingThis free course, Organisations and management accounting, examines the nature of organisations,... Try: Organisations and management accounting now
Do you get stressed at the thought of an examination? Does the idea of revision fill you with dread? This free course, Revision and examinations, will provide a host of tips to help you improve your revision and examination techniques and enable you to manage your time effectively by creating a timetable for your revision.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- manage time more effectively when revising and in the exam itself
- learn, or brush up on, revision and exam skills
- feel equipped to approach exams with less anxiety and stress.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Revision and exams
- 2 Identifying key concerns
- 3 Revision
- 3.1 What is revision?
- 3.2 Stage 1: Finding out about the exam paper
- 3.3 Stage 2: Gathering the course material together
- 3.4 Stage 3: Deciding what to revise
- 3.5 Stage 4: Making a revision timetable
- 3.6 Stage 5: Understanding and learning the course material
- 3.7 Memory and Understanding
- 3.8 Stage 6: Rehearsing answering exam questions
- 3.9 Understanding process words
- 3.10 Thinking about the exam
- 3.11 Other ways to practise for the exam
- 3.13 Stage 7: Checking and making arrangements - a week before the exam
- 4 The exam itself
- 4.1 Arriving and getting ready
- 4.2 The exam paper
- 5 Managing exam anxiety
- 5.1 Anxiety management techniques
- 5.2 Technique 2: Relaxation
- 5.3 Technique 3: Visualisation
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Revision and examinations
Do you feel that sometimes you don't do yourself justice in exams? Perhaps you've never taken an exam and are wondering how to prepare yourself. It may have been a long time since you took an exam, and you feel a need to refresh your technique. You may be looking for reassurance and advice because you've had a bad exam experience in the past.
This course aims to help you to improve your own revision and exam techniques and reassure others who experience anxiety and stress over exams.
Find out more about studying with The Open University by.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Friday, 1st April 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 1st April 2016
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
- Word (1 MB)
- PDF (1.7 MB)
- ePub 3.0 (627 KB)
- ePub 2.0 (628 KB)
- Kindle (333 KB)
- RSS (214 KB)
- HTML (811 KB)
- SCORM (804 KB)
- OUXML Package (26 KB)
- OUXML File (88 KB)
- IMS Common cartridge
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.