PASS exam and coursework support

PASS (Passing Assessment Student Support) week is a series of workshops and initiatives led by Academic Learning Development in collaboration with Library, Counselling, Interfaith, Disability Learning Support and IT Training, to help students coping with and succeeding at exams, re-sits, and dissertations.

The workshops cover areas such as:

  • revision techniques
  • exam questions
  • managing stress
  • mindfulness
  • dissertation research and writing

For the academic year 2017-2018, PASS week will be taking place in December, March and June. More information will be available before each PASS week.

Feedback from students

"It helped to clear my mind and have different ideas to revise for my exams in the future"

"I learnt new methods of how to be more relaxed when taking exams"

"I feel a lot more confident now, especially knowing specific ways to organise my work and my time"

"very encouraging with lots of tips and advice"

"I now understand what kind of learner I am and I learnt new techniques to apply for my revision"

"I have a better understanding of how important brainstorming is before starting the exam"

The next PASS week is 19–23 March 2018. Details of all workshops are in the table below.

Monday 19 March

Time Workshop Description Venue Booking link
10am–12pm

Managing Exam Stress

This workshop will look at the reasons why you might be experiencing exam stress and gives you strategies to help you cope and manage this stress.

115 New Cavendish CLG.11 Book now
12–2pm

Writing up Your Dissertation

This workshop focuses on the writing-up of your dissertation. It will explore dissertation structure, writing your literature review, developing your argument and critical analysis, and dealing with writer’s block. 115 New Cavendish CLG.11 Book now
3.30–4.30pm

Mind the Gaps: Managing (and Succeeding) at University for students with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or AD(H)D

This workshop, led by a Specific Learning Difficulties Adviser, will take you through holistic strategies designed to help you manage and succeed at university. 115 New Cavendish CLG.11 Book now

Tuesday 20 March

10am–12pm

Westminster Harvard Referencing

This session deals with how to cite your sources and create a bibliography in the Westminster Harvard style. It will also cover the use of referencing tools such as Refworks.

Regent Street Campus, G05 (Computer Lab)

Book now
12–1pm Mindful Learning Mindfulness techniques are now applied to many areas of our lives, now particularly learning. This session will provide you with a few techniques to enable you to respond, rather than react to events or deadlines and manage information more effectively. Harrow E1.04 Book now
1–3pm

Writing up Your Dissertation

This workshop focuses on the writing-up of your dissertation. It will explore dissertation structure, writing your literature review, developing your argument and critical analysis, and dealing with writer’s block. Regent Street 515 Book now
3–4pm

Mind Mapping and Memory workshop

Mind Mapping is a simple, practical tool for improving your creative-thinking, planning and problem-solving. It will help you generate more ideas, make new connections, improve your memory and use your whole brain. Regent Street 515 Book now

Wednesday 21 March

10–11.30am Tackling Essay Questions in Exams

This workshop will help you prepare to answer essay-type questions in exams by reviewing: analysis of the exam question, planning and structuring an answer, devising an argument, the use of evidence and critical analysis. It also gives tips on coping with exams and writing effectively.

115 New Cavendish, C3.04 Book now
12–1.30pm Organising Your Revision

This workshop will help you improve your revision through time organisation by: selecting materials, breaking down tasks, identifying SMART objectives and allocating time in order to fulfil your goals.

115 New Cavendish, C3.04 Book now

Thursday 22 March

10am–12pm Research for your Dissertation This Library-led session focuses on how to use Library Search and other online resources for researching journal articles and papers for your dissertation. 115 New Cavendish, CG.25 (Computer Lab) Book now
12.30-1.30pm

Mindful Learning

Mindfulness techniques are now applied to many areas of our lives, now particularly learning. This session will provide you with a few techniques to enable you to respond, rather than react to events or deadlines and manage information more effectively.

115 New Cavendish, 1.112 Book now
2-3.30pm

Memory and Exam Revision Techniques

This workshop on memorisation aims to help you remember information in exams. Emphasis is given to strategies for retaining information such as association, mind mapping, mnemonics, active revision strategies and others. It also gives tips on exam strategies and coping with memory blocks.

115 New Cavendish, C4.02 Book now

Friday 23 March

9.30–11.00am Tackling Essay Questions in exams

This workshop will help you prepare to answer essay-type questions in exams by reviewing: analysis of the exam question, planning and structuring an answer, devising an argument, the use of evidence and critical analysis. It also gives tips on coping with exams and writing effectively.

115 New Cavendish, C4.02

Book now
11am–12.30pm Formatting Your Dissertation in Word The session will cover creating a table of contents, page and paragraph formatting, section and Page Breaks, working with multiple documents and using section breaks to manage headers, footers and page numbering. B2 Marylebone, Software Training Room Book now
Row of colour assorted books

Library and IT

Search for books, check library opening hours, find IT locations, training and more.

Indexing books with sticky labels.

Researching your assignments

Top tips on tackling your coursework.