Tips for exam success

Students Exams & Results Tips for exam success

There are a number of ways you can prepare for your exams. Here are some tips to help you prepare, study, stay focused and succeed.

What kind of exam?

Exams can take several forms including multiple choice, short answer, essay style, open book, or combinations of these. It’s your responsibility to find out as much information as you can about your exam from your lecturer.

Valuable information is often revealed in the final lecture or tutorial.

Past exam papers

Test yourself on some past exam papers for your subjects. They are available for most subjects via the Library’s Reserve Online Basic Search. Also see search instructions for Reserve Online for Students.

Work through these past exam papers under exam conditions – set yourself a time limit and don’t use notes and textbooks. This gives you valuable exam practice and helps highlight areas needing revision.

You can also use previously worked examples and old assessment items as practice.

Develop your study, revision and time management skills

Online modules and tips

  • The Studying for Exams tutorial has good strategies to prepare and use on the day of your exam.

  • Exam Tactics (PDF, 416 KB) includes practical tactics and strategies that you can use in the lead up to the exam.

  • See Getting Started for tips on organising and prioritising your time, and find out about using the Study Period Planner and Activity Logs.

  • Exam revision and preparation from RMIT includes an online tutorial and supporting documents.


Learning Advice Desk

Look after yourself

Managing your Studies has links to a number of services and resources available to help you maintain your health and wellbeing prior and during exam time.

Plan for any special requirements

Do you have a medical condition or special requirement that may affect your performance in an exam? You may need to arrange, for example, for rest breaks or special seating. Please see Special requirements in exams.