Exams

Exams

With luck, given that you have enjoyed and taken an active part in your education during the year, the exams should not hold any nasty surprises.  You will have studied past exam papers, and come up with and followed your own revision strategy, whether your ambition is a pass or a distinction.  You will be tired, but hopefully not too tired to think.

The exams are hard.  Various people will have been telling you that at regular intervals from the first day onwards.  The good consequence of that is that a pass on these exams is well respected.  It can be an uncomfortable experience for those who are accustomed to walk away from an exam feeling that they have turned in a near perfect paper, to come away from exam knowing that at best your mark is likely to be nearer 70%. Despair is not appropriate: 75%, for example, is still a solid α-.  Acknowledge this truth before the exams; it will spare you considerable distress.

The timetable will probably include at least one day with two exams, morning and afternoon.  This reflects the complexities of trying to draw up any viable timetable, considering the widely differing collections of courses that students choose to offer, rather than sadism on the part of those whose job it is to draw up the schedule.