Episode 023: The Return of In-Person Exams Special

Hello and welcome to episode 23 of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University podcast.

As we approach the 2021/22 semester two assessment period, we will see the return of in-person exams for most of our students.

Spring 2022 will be the first time since January 2020 that most of our students last took part in an in-person exam. Many students have not completed an in-person exam since their A-levels or even GSCEs.

In this episode, aimed at students, our guest host Orla Thomas, a third-year history student will take you through her experience of an in-person exam journey.

Orla speaks to various guests to provide advice, guidance, and expertise to help you with the return of in-person exams.

We will hear from Dr. Vanessa Armstrong, a Lecturer in Biomedical, Nutritional, and Sports Science from the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Vanessa will advise about preparing yourself before, the morning of, and during your in-person exam.

Liv Jonassen, Academic Skills Development Manager from the Library Liaison Service, will provide hints and tips to get the best out of your exam preparation.

Ed Hillier, a therapist from our Student Health and Wellbeing Service, gives some wellbeing best practices to get yourself in the right mindset to complete your exam. Ed also gives us some techniques to support you during the exam.

Part of this episode will demystify the process and procedures of an in-person exam. Dr. Rebecca Gill from the Learning and Teaching Development Service will explain what to do and what to avoid before, during, and after the exam.

Thank you to all our guests this week. We hope you enjoy this episode. And it helps you with your exam preparations or any anxiety you may have.

If you would like to get in touch or have an idea you would like to share. Please email ltds@ncl.ac.uk and use the title ‘Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle University Podcast idea’.

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Links from the episode

ASK Website – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/

ASK pages on writing – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/writing/

ASK pages on revision – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/assessment/exams-and-revision/

ASK pages on Feedback – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/academic-skills-kit/collections/understanding-and-interpreting-your-feedback/

Writing development centre – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/resources-and-study-support/writing-development-centre/

Student wellbeing pages – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/wellbeing/

Support and welfare – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/study/student-life/support-wellbeing/

Student’s homepage – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/

Student’s union – https://www.nusu.co.uk/

Student’s union wellbeing pages – https://www.nusu.co.uk/support/welfare/mental-health-services/

Exam rules – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/exams/rules/

Learning and Teaching Website on Feedback – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/effective-practice/assessment/good-feedback/

Feedback on exams – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/effective-practice/assessment/feedback-exams/

Library homepage – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/