So – you’ve got to resit an exam at university. Rest assured that you’re not the first student to have failed an exam and you absolutely won’t be the last. Whether you missed out by a couple of marks or you answered the wrong question completely, we understand how annoyed you will be. Don’t worry, as stressed and panicked as you may feel now, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Student Housing Lancaster, we want the best for our residents, which is why we’ve got the complete guide to resitting exams with all the tips and tricks you’ll need during this stressful time.
It’s easier said than done but panicking after finding out you need to resit an exam is the worst thing you can do. You can’t go back in time, so why waste time worrying about it? It’s much better to put the stress aside and focus on what you need to do to make it right. Here are our top tips for dealing with exam stress:
1. Put it into perspective.
You might think that your life is over right now but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A failed exam does not define you, and even though you might have really needed a pass, this isn’t the end of the world. You’ll get there, even if it takes a bit longer than you initially thought, you’ll still do it eventually and that’s okay. Everyone moves at their own pace.
2. Speak to family and friends.
You’ll be surprised about how many people have been in your exact position. A problem shared is a problem halved after all, and by speaking out and asking your friends and family for advice you’re guaranteed to feel better. Why not talk to your flatmates? Student Housing Lancaster aims to create a safe and friendly environment for all our tenants, so your housemates are a great place to start when finding someone to chat to about your resit.
3. Create a plan of action.
Okay, it’s time to put the energy that was going into panicking into organising what to do next. Get your highlighters and notecards at the ready because you’re going to need them. Find out what you need to do. Do you need to get in contact with your module leader? Your personal tutors? Your university will be clued up on this as they will be dealing with many students in the same position, so find out who you need to contact to take the next step and then you can crack on with revision.
Creating a relaxing environment
We want to ensure that all our tenants are comfortable in their accommodation. This is why we at Student Housing Lancaster offer a wide range of houses and flats to suit all budgets, ensuring that money is the last thing you’re worrying about. Having an environment you’re comfortable in is essential, especially if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there studying. This is why we recommend making it a relaxing space to be in. Decorate your room with all the classic student interior design cliches: pictures, plants and fairy-lights. It may seem silly but making your student accommodation feel like a home is one of the best ways to relax and feel comfortable. And if you plan on making the most of Lancaster University’s beautiful library, then don’t worry, all our houses are an easy commute away so you can spend longer revising rather than worrying about a long journey back.
Our best revision tips
1. Start early.
Although your resit may seem like ages away, it’ll come round quickly, and you don’t want to be cramming last minute. Start preparing as soon as possible so you know exactly which areas you need to focus more time on. Because it’s essential that you pass this resit, you need to make sure you’re confident with everything. The earlier you start, the more time you have to revisit the same topics, ensuring you know them all inside and out.
2. Take breaks.
Don’t overload your brain with information. You’re much more likely to take everything in if you have regular breaks and have time to process the work. This includes making sure you get enough sleep. Not having the right amount of sleep can actually affect your memory, so it’s vital that you listen to your body and take a break when you need it.
3. Don’t spend too long making it look pretty.
Although it might be tempting to splurge on coloured pens and pretty notebooks, it doesn’t matter what the revision looks like. As long as you can read your notes and follow what they mean then that’s fine.
4. Make a schedule.
Rather than just panicking and jumping straight in, take some time to make a plan. Prioritise areas of the subject that you don’t understand and work your way down a list until you’ve covered everything. Make sure you stick to your schedule, even if you don’t feel like it on days when you’ve planned your least favourite topic. You’ll appreciate the consistency, and it will be much easier to deal with once you get into a routine.
We hope that this has given you peace of mind and you now feel ready to tackle your resit. To reiterate what we said earlier – do not panic. With the right planning and revision, we know you’ve got it second time around. And remember, if you’re looking for student housing in Lancaster, we’re the place to go. Feel free to get in touch to find out about the accommodation we can provide.