Posts tagged: exams

Finding past exam papers the easy way!

4 May 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to find past exam papers to help with your exam preparation.

Got exams coming up?  Looking over past exam papers can be really useful when preparing for an exam.   The Library has a collection of past exam papers which are all available electronically.

To find past exam papers, you need to:

  1. Go to our past exam paper webpage.
  2. Type in a couple of keywords to limit your search; often words from the module title bring back useful results.
  3. You will then be presented with a list of past exam papers we have access to that match your search. When you find the one you would like to look at, click on the title and you will be able to open it.
  4. Off campus?  You will be requested to sign in with your network username and password to view them.

Want to see how to find them?  Check out this video:


If you have any problem accessing past exam papers, please contact your Library Academic Support Team for further help.

Library Search contains some useful textbooks on exam revision, and there is also lots of help with exam preparation and revision techniques available on our Skills for Learning ‘Assessment Methods’ webpage, so take a look! read more

Exercise, sleep and study – you need to get the balance right

30 April 2018

Daley O’Neal is back with some more advice about living well for learning.

Last week I blogged about the relationship between exercise and staying well for your studies, something that is particularly important as we approach exams and assessment deadlines. Exercise and the resulting release of endorphins helps you to manage the feelings of stress and anxiety associated with the pressure of studying. The problem is that when you are studying hard you may not be getting enough sleep. The temptation to work into the night and get up early can lead to significantly reduced sleep levels. Drinking that extra energy drink, or your 5th cup of coffee only provides temporary relief from exhaustion.

Why is a lack of sleep a problem?

  1. If you are tired you may not exercise to your full potential, which means you won’t exert as much energy and therefore will burn a lower amount of calories and release fewer of those all important endorphins during your workout.
  2. If tiredness sets in, you are going to require more energy dense foods, which is going to affect your diet. Consuming more energy dense foods, in order to compensate for your lack of sleep, to help supply your body and your brain with the nutrients its needs, is going to effect the energy balance, which is vital to maintaining a healthy weight.
  3. A lack of sleep can also have a negative impact cognitively, especially relating to your ability to retain information. Obviously, this is vital during the exam period.
  4. Getting the right amount of sleep will help determine your energy levels throughout the following day, not only in relation to the effectiveness and efficiency of your workouts, but it also affects your ability to perform your day to day tasks effectively.
  5.  A lack of sleep (especially on a consistent basis) will subsequently effect ability to perform workouts to your maximum level, and effect the amount of calories you burn and endorphins you release within the session.

What can I do to help myself?

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep. During the lead up to exams, getting your required amount of sleep (see NHS Guidelines) is vital to provide you with the platform to not only perform within an academic setting, but to look after own wellbeing in general.
  • If you are feeling tired entering the gym consistently, as a result of a lack of sleep – take a rest day. Ensure that your sleep patterns are right, and that you are getting the recommended amount which is 8 hours.
  • Avoid energy drinks and foods that are high in refined sugar such as chocolate. Opt for water and diluted juice and if you need a sugar hit go for fruit instead of chocolate.
  • Take regular breaks. A walk, an hour in the gym or going to your favourite exercise class will re-energise you and leave you feeling ready to tackle your studies again.
  • Get plenty of fresh air and day light. Your body and mind will thank you.
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    Managing exam stress and anxiety levels with exercise – it’s all about the endorphins!

    26 April 2018

    Daley O’Neal from the University Sports Centre has written about the connection between exercise and managing exam stress and anxiety.

    “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha.

    One of the prevalent feelings for many around exams is anxiety. That feeling of unease and apprehension can leave you worried or fearful about the exam process and your results. All of these feelings are perfectly normal during the exam period.

    Did you know that exercise can help you to manage these feelings?

  • Exercise is a proven method to help facilitate a person’s ability to perform, succeed and accomplish goals, which of course, is exactly what you want to do in an exam!
  • Studies around Social Cognitive Theory have indicated a strong relationship between exercise and managing anxiety levels. Undertaking regular levels of physical activity can positively impact on our coping mechanisms and helps us to regulate our emotions.
  • While exercise cannot solve all the complex issues and causes of anxiety, it is a proven mechanism for increasing levels of self-belief within challenging situations, positively impacting our self-confidence and resilience levels.
  • Engaging in physical activity on a consistent basis creates a release of endorphins in the body, which provides the platform for increased levels of self-confidence. This endorphin release also improves mood and feelings of self-worth and accomplishment.
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    There’s no such thing as the essay elves

    16 April 2015

    While you are sleeping little elves are not going to come and write your essay or report, finish your dissertation or thesis, or help you revise for your exams.

    Little elves do not exist.

    essay elves

    But in a way they sort of do.

    Do you know how much help you can get in the Library?

    Take a look at the Skills for Learning website.

    You can come to a free workshop and get help with your writing and referencing, learn how to use Word and Excel, find great information for assignments, and much more.

    If you can’t find the class you need, you can book an appointment for one-to-one support with our trainers.

    There are lots of useful guides and tutorials online too:

    Okay, there really aren’t any elves. You still have to do the work yourself. But we can help you get off to a great start – and help you along the way!