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    A course doesn't end without a fight. Here's what you can do to prepare for that one exam the other students keep talking about.

    How can I prepare for the exams?

    Depending on the course and the professor, exam structures are quite varied. Knowing what to prepare and what to expect is half the battle.

    Our workshops have plenty of advice on what to expect from the exams at the VUB. You can also meet other students here, share your experiences and help each other. Attendance is free, so don't hesitate to find the workshop you need!

    Are you anxious about your exams, or do you feel underprepared? Don't hesitate to seek out individual guidance. We can arrange for personal guidance or tutoring.

    After the exams, it would be a good idea to contact your professor and arrange a feedback meeting. Ultimately, there's no better way to learn than by understanding your mistakes.

    Which exam strategy is best for you?

    Have questions on the structure of an exam? Is it unclear how you should prepare? If you have any problems preparing for your exams, or just want a quiet place to study, the Study Guidance Centre is here to help.

    Our advisors will listen to you and offer whatever you need to help you study. If it's about a certain course, we can arrange for a student tutor. Find out more on how to get individual guidance on our page, or contact us.

    Do you feel like panic is freezing you in place? Exam anxiety should not overwhelm your day-to-day life. Don't hesitate to ask our student psychologists for advice!

    Which workshop should I attend?

    The Study Guidance Centre organises workshops which contain tons of advice on exams and studying.

    Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, making it a learning opportunity for other students and for the university staff. If you feel like you could use some help to prepare for your exams, don't hesitate to participate!

    Workshops are free for students at the VUB, but registration is mandatory. Please register in time so we can reserve the proper amount of seats.

    To see the schedule of the workshops, check the calendar regularly.

    Workshop: Planning for exams

    If you want some help against the dreaded feeling of being overwhelmed at the end of a semester, this workshop holds some advice on long-term planning.

    • Building your exam schedule
    • How to plan ahead?
    • Reducing stress
    "I noticed that I wasn't the only one who had problems with taking a multiple choice exam"

    Workshop: How to prepare for your exams?

    Register for this workshop for some tips on how to improve your exam performance.

    • How to stay motivated?
    • How to prepare for oral exams?

    Workshop: Exam stress? Learn to relax.

    On your way to a healthy balance? In this workshop students will be introduced to a variety of relaxation exercises and learn how they can help reduce (exam) stress.

    This workshop includes active exercises, therefore loose fitting/comfortable clothes are advised.

    • Why is it important to relax?
    • Relaxation methods

    Discover our workshops!

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    Exams are over. What now?

    The end of term is the perfect moment to assess yourself as a student. What went well and where can you make improvements?

    A closer look at your exam

    Can you make a correct assessment of yourself as a student? After exams, internships and practical assignments, it might be useful to ask for feedback. 

    You can contact your professors and assistants for any questions concerning the content of a course or to look into your exams. Keep in mind that you can’t just expect to be provided with the right answers to the exam questions, and you can't negotiate your grade. 

    The tips listed below can help you get as much out of the feedback as possible.

    Prepare yourself for the feedback meeting

    • Reflect on what went well and what went wrong.
    • Make a list of specific questions.

    Listen carefully

    • Is it clear what the other person is saying?
    • Be open to feedback and try to listen without prejudice. The person talking to you made time for this meeting, and is providing you with information you can benefit from. 
    • Wait a while before you react and think about the content of the message.
    • Focus on active points of improvement.

    Ask for more information

    • When something is not clear, ask away!
    • When in doubt, try to summarise the feedback in your own words, to make sure you understand the message.

    Show appreciation

    • Be appreciative towards the person providing feedback. This may sound strange, but when you think of feedback as an opportunity instead of a threat, it doesn’t sound too bad. 

    Reflect on the feedback

    • Look at what you can do with this feedback.
    • What has to change in your approach?
    • Be proactive. You'd be surprised how much you can improve, even with minor changes!