As the exam period approaches it is good to be equipped with some tips and tricks to help you manage your time, as well as your health and wellbeing.

eExams are now being rolled out for many units at Monash, and the Library is running eExam drop-ins to help you understand how these exams work and get used to the hardware and software being used.

In an eExam, your desk will have a Monash supplied laptop with Windows operating system along with a mouse and mouse pad. The exam questions will be hosted on Moodle, so it will look familiar to you. For more information on all of this check out the Electronic exams web page.

During these few weeks, time management can be more important than ever, and finding the balance between study and sleep comes top of that list!

To help you along, give the Pomodoro Technique a go! This technique (named after a tomato-shaped kitchen timer) is one way of minimising distractions and focusing on one task at a time. In its simplest form, the Pomodoro Technique involves setting a timer to 25 minutes, working exclusively on a specific task until the timer sounds, and then taking a short 3 to 5-minute break before setting another 25 minutes on the timer.

Once you have your study strategy down, don’t forget to be kind to yourself and take those breaks and mix up activities throughout the day. Read this previous article for some more tips on getting the balance right!

Sitting down in the exam room can be daunting as you feel the clock ticking. Here is a chance to carefully take note of the instructions to make sure you don’t miss any important details and make a quick plan on how you will allocate the time you have to use it to your best advantage. We have written this article on managing your time well in the exam which offers some more detailed advice!

Having worked hard throughout semester, exam time is your chance to shine and show your teaching team all that you have learnt. You never know, you might even enjoy yourself!

Writer Sophie Wright is a Librarian at Hargrave-Andrew Library.