Beating the Heat: Exam Result Anxiety
As a fresher, everyone always tell you not to stress out about first year, that it “doesn’t count” and that all you need to do is scrape by with a passing grade of 40% for each module in order to proceed to second year. While indeed for majority first year results may not count entirely to the status of your degree, you should still attend as many lectures as you can and still study hard whilst at university. Your parents are investing all this money for a reason and you should make the best of this opportunity many are not blessed enough to have. By exerting a lot of effort and trying your best to excel in your degree from year, this drive will really give you a boost for the consecutive years to come and will be a very valuable attitude and habit that will be picked up by potential employers even after you graduate.
I, myself, having just received my second year exam results a week ago, am quite satisfied with my performance overall. Of course in many cases I am disappointed in a sense where I wish I could have gotten higher, though I know I did the best that I could and I am even more motivated to perform better for my final year in order to potentially graduate with a first overall. As the modules in my degree rely heavily on essay based assignments and exam formats it can be quite tricky due to the highly argumentative structure which requires a great level of skill in academic writing and well constructed research claims as supporting evidence throughout. Various exam strategies and grading situations vary depending on the nature of your coursework and examination format throughout the academic year. Some course work may weigh heavier than others, while others not so much.
The grading schemes and assigned marks are weighted depending on the majority of the exam performances. This definitely is a blessing especially if you found an exam particularly hard despite having revised vigorously for it- chances are, others in that module found some aspects of it difficult as well and this may help boot up the overall grade weighting and boundaries which will be reflected in the results. If for one reason or another you did not perform as well as you had hoped during exams due to personal reasons, it is always best to discuss the situation with your personal tutor and email the department to enquire about potential resits or exam remarks if you were just a point or two shy of a certain grade boundary. In many cases the University does value your mental wellbeing and if there may have been any personal causes for poor performance in exams despite a consistently solid performance in coursework, this may be factored in and the university may be able to assist with this.
Resits are not the ideal situation to be looking into, but if in the worst case scenario this may be your last option. For first years, resits occur a few weeks prior to the beginning of the, term hence it is important to make sure you enquire about the particular dates for each module you need to resit and make sure you start revising diligently well before the allotted date. For international students that may not be able to return back to the UK this early to attend the resits, there are options to resit examinations in Hong Kong.
One thing to keep in mind is to never panic or over-stress and start revising for exams in a strategic manner. Cramming as everyone knows (and says) is never effective and while the all nighters may help squeeze whatever las bit of information into your brain capacity as possible, do try to make sure you get sufficient sleep otherwise you will just be exhausted and sitting the exams will be much worse that if you had a goodnights rest the night before. This is especially important for any morning exams on your timetable, because the last thing you want is oversleeping and missing your alarm.
While there are many things you should not panic or be overanxious about during exams and especially in the case of getting back exam results, just always try to stay positive and do your best. With the right attitude entering exam season and effort into studying and revising, your efforts should be awarded accordingly.