PASS exam and dissertation 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. 

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 18 – 28 June 2018. Details of all workshops are in the table below.

Monday 18 June

Time Workshop Description Venue Booking link
10am –12pm

Memory and Exam Revision Techniques 

Workshop on memorisation to help you remember in exams. Emphasis is given to strategies for retaining information such as association, mind mapping, mnemonics, active revision strategies. The workshop also discusses learning styles (aural, visual, read/write, kinaesthetic…) and gives tips on exam strategies and coping with memory blocks.

Cavendish Clipstone 1.108 Book now
12.30 –1.30pm

Specialist Exam Revision 

This workshop will discuss multi-sensory strategies for exam revision and suggest techniques to reduce stress and get the best of your extra time. 

Cavendish Clipstone 1.108 Book now
1.45 –3pm

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. Cavendish Clipstone 1.108 Book now
3.15-4.15pm Mind Maps as Revision Tools and Memory Aids  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. Cavendish Clipstone 1.108 Book now

Tuesday 19 June 

10am –12pm

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. 

Regent RS 152-153

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12.30 – 2.30pm 

Memory and Exam Revision Techniques

Workshop on memorisation to help you remember in exams. Emphasis is given to strategies for retaining information such as association, mind mapping, mnemonics, active revision strategies. The workshop also discusses learning styles (aural, visual, read/write, kinaesthetic…) and gives tips on exam strategies and coping with memory blocks.

Regent RS 152-153 Book now

Wednesday 20 June

10am –12pm

Memory and Exam Revision Techniques

Workshop on memorisation to help you remember in exams. Emphasis is given to strategies for retaining information such as association, mind mapping, mnemonics, active revision strategies. The workshop also discusses learning styles (aural, visual, read/write, kinaesthetic…) and gives tips on exam strategies and coping with memory blocks.

Marylebone Building  C379 Book now
12.30 –2.30pm

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.

Marylebone Building  C379 Book now

Thursday 21 June

10am – 12pm  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.

Marylebone Campus 

Room 212

Book now
11am –12pm

Strengthening your Resilience during Exam Times

This practical session will help you to build up your mental and emotional resilience and help you to regulate your stress level.

Cavendish Clipstone 1.112 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.

Cavendish Clipstone 1.112 Book now
12.30 –1.45pm Researching 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.

Marylebone,

Computer lab B10

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2.15 –3.45pm

Preparing to Pass

Preparation for study: Whole-person strategies for improving focus, prioritising tasks and overcoming procrastination.

Cavendish Clipstone 1.112 Book now
4 – 5pm Reducing 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. Cavendish Clipstone 1.112 Book now

Friday 22 June

10am –12pm 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.

Cavendish, 1.108

Book now
12.15 –2.15pm 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. Cavendish, 1.108 Book now
12.30pm – 1.45pm Researching for your disseration This Library-led session focuses on how to use Library Search and other online resources for researching journal articles and papers for your dissertation.

Harrow, 

Harrow library training room

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2.45 –4pm

Researching 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. Cavendish, C2.02 Book now
4.15 –5pm

REfWorks

RefWorks is a bibliographic management tool that can help you to gather, store and manage your references, and use them to create bibliographies. This session will show you how to use RefWorks to store your references online, automatically insert them into your work to create bibliographies, and deal with documents and websites. Cavendish, C2.02 Book now
11am – 1pm 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. Harrow A Studios, A1-09 Book now

Thursday 28 June

10.30am –12.30pm NEW 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.

Marylebone C385

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.