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Exams and revision advice

Samantha Holden | Politics, Philosophy and Law (PPL) Contact Samantha

Exams have already begun here at Warwick and revision can be very stressful. Many of you will be sitting some form of exam whether that is A-levels, GCSEs or an exam at university. Here are tips that may be useful for people studying or coming to study the modules I have studied this year:


Introduction to PPL:

I thoroughly enjoyed this module it was definitely my favourite although we covered some difficult topics. The module played to my strengths as it was assessed through essays. We had to complete three, then our best two were combined and averaged. I am hoping I get above 65 in my third essay as currently, I am 0.5% of a 1st. Having completed all three of the essays it means that the module is over and I can focus on the other three modules.


Introduction to Politics:

Unlike A-levels or GCSE where you had to learn all the content, university is much more flexible. Having learnt 20 topics to provide a good foundation for the next few years of study I am focusing on 7/8 topics so that there is flexibility in the questions I can answer in the exams. It is essential to look at past papers and be able to answer at least four of the questions. The lecturer has suggested that you have a go at doing a past paper in exam conditions which, although tedious, will equip you with the knowledge of where you need to improve; such as time management. I have tried to condense each topic to two pieces of A4 on the computer, as in the exam you will only have 40ish minutes to write an essay. Learning small quotes is also a good idea for this exam. At the beginning of the year, the lecturer mentioned: Politics: why it matters by Andrew Gamble- this book acts as a 100-page brief recap book of this year and I would highly recommend it. In this exam, you need to answer 4 questions in 3 hours.


Introduction to philosophy:

Again I have narrowed down the topic whilst revising for this exam and split it into manageable chunks- each topic lasts two weeks and I have created a document where I have combined and filtered my final notes combing lecture notes, seminar notes and reading. We are currently still learning logic so my revision still needs much work. In this exam you need to answer 4 questions in 3 hours: one from term 1, one from term 2, term 3- logic and your fourth is a free choice.


Tort law:

Tort law is a great module choice as it has been fascinating but also fun; with the lecturer acting out many of the cases to make information much more memorable! I would suggest to those starting to study tort law make a document where you have three columns:

  1. Case name

  2. Facts of the case

  3. Principles learnt from the case

This will mean when you come to revise you have a ‘case bank’. Do not try and learn every case as this is impossible. Be selective and try to know at least 5 per topic. There are two types of question in the exam- an essay question and problem question. I think I will answer two problem questions as I find them easier to structure by taking each claimant or defendant at a time. In this exam, you need to answer 3 questions (one essay question plus one problem question then a third is up to you) in 3 hours with 15 minute reading time.


Good luck with your exams

Samantha Holden | Politics, Philosophy and Law (PPL) Contact Samantha

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