Semester One Exams: Learning and Moving Forward

I am just about to start semester two of second year which means I have just completed my first semester exams. This exam season has definitely been the toughest exam season I have had, hence the absence on here!

I have spoken in my previous blog post about how the leap from first to second year is definitely harder than the leap from A-Levels to first year – BAM, SMACK, WHOOSH….Second Year is Here. However, this has also been the hardest exam season. This year I got to choose all the modules I did, and for semester one I had an exam for each module. Two of the modules were 100% exam and one was 50% exam and 50% coursework.

How I revised plus some top tips!

Memorising all the content for three exams was definitely a challenge (see my post on how to memorise large amounts of content). However, it is important to use common sense in these situations and separate what is important and what is not as important – when speaking to one of my lecturers about the amount that needed to be memorised, this is exactly what they said to me.

For example, on my Instagram I had someone ask how to differentiate between cases that are important and those which are not so important. This is a good way of identifying the important aspects of a module.

Generally, important cases will be mentioned a lot! Further to this, they will generally have a lot of significance for the part of the module you are speaking about. An example of a key case when looking at interim injunctions would be American Cyanamid v Ethicon as it gives you certain factors that need to be looked at before an interim injunction can be granted.

Task-Based rather than Time-Based

When revising I have had people ask me, ‘how many hours have you revised for today?’ This is a question that I never know how to answer as I do not think this is the most efficient way of working at all. When revising I do not work based on time, I work based on what I need to get done.

For example, once I have condensed my notes ready to memorise, I will go through them all and section them depending on how much time I have until the exam. Then I will memorise one section each day.

This is a much more efficient way of working as it means you are actually getting things done. In addition to this, it eliminates that feeling of guilt you get when you are not working. This is because you know you have done everything you need to do for the day, and you know that you have it planned out so that you will get everything done in time for the exam.

Top tip: plan your time so that you have a couple of days free before the exam so that if you are ill one day or cannot quite finish your work for a specific day, you have some time at the end.

Moving Forward

There is much that I have learnt from this exam season that I will be taking forward into second semester. I am going to organise my modules better so that I have slightly less exams which will make memorising slightly easier.

I am going to condense my notes as I go along throughout the year instead of doing them all at the end as I feel this will greatly help me when it comes to revising for exams.

In addition, I have learnt that all you can do is your best and it is not the end of the world if things do not go to plan!

You are all doing great 🙂

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