How to Pass Exams First Time
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How to Pass Exams First Time

Streamline studying into your life to Improve retention and recall of knowledge and performance in exams.
4.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
287 students enrolled
Created by Dr Ellie May
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Streamline their studying to improve retention and recall of information
  • Motivate themselves
  • Know exactly what examiners look for.
  • Find and manage time to study
  • Pass their exam first time
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  • Students will be preparing for an exam

This course covers the materials I teach locally and nationally to professionals taking postgraduate exams. The success rate of 89% is achieved by addressing the most common causes of exam failure and developing specific techniques to use when studying to find relevance, retention and recall of information learned. Emphasis is placed on preparation and practice of providing the parts of your knowledge required by each specific exam question or paper.

The course is taught using a combination of videos, lectures, and enabling self reflection and development of SMART objectives all of which will enable you to pass your exam first time.

Studying for exams is difficult as an adult so it makes sense to pass first time. Getting everything in place to allow you to focus and make a concerted effort to pass first time, will save you so much time, money and heartache in the longer term.

Enroll today and ensure you pass, first time.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at adult learners taking exams who are not full time students and must fit studying in around work and other commitments.
  • Full time students at school, college and university will gain some benefit from the study skills and motivation aspects of this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
Generic Studying Skills
5 Lectures 35:34

Highlights the difficulties facing adult learners and provides solutions to maintaining motivation and making use of 'dead' time.


Practical help to get motivated and STAY motivated. Translate this into action and prevent procrastination. Will show you how to actually get started.

Preview 10:50

We all have busy lives and other commitments. Here we will identify potential time to devote to studying and think about short term priorities versus long term goals.

Time Management: Fit studying into your life.

Learn what help you can enlist to facilitate exam success through delegation and support.

Sort Your Surroundings

How to break the questions down, read them accurately and decide the exact information being asked for in the question. This is where a lot of mistakes are made: a question about topic X does not mean write all you know about topic X. Select the correct parts of your knowledge to present each time.

What Do Examiners Want?
101.4 MB
Section 2: Exam Specific Study Skills
3 Lectures 13:39

Multiple choice questions are a common feature in exams. They are often underestimated and can easily lead to confusion and uncertainty. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to failure.

MCQ Questions

If the examiner can't read or understand what you have written, he will not be able to award credit. Showing you have the knowledge is difficult but having to write it down in a legible manner is a challenge for adults who may not have written so extensively since school. Learn here about presentation, layout and techniques to showcase what you know.

Written Examinations

This lecture will give you a framework to prepare optimally for a viva and maximise your performance. Methods to manage your nerves and allow you to produce your best performance on the day, without tripping over your words.

Viva/Oral Exams
7 pages
2 Lectures 01:38

While important, you must not allow the exam to overwhelm you such that you become unwell. Your health and those of others you care about is paramount and must be prioritised. You may need to re-consider the best time to take the exam if life events dictate. A new baby is not conducive to optimal preparation for an exam which will matter much less in 5 years time.

Maintaining Perspective

'How to Pass Exams: Study Skills you Need to Know' is a more expansive version of many of the topics covered in this course.

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About the Instructor
Dr  Ellie May
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Doctor, Lecturer, Educator, Author

Dr Ellie May is a medical doctor with postgraduate qualifications in adult education. She is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Glasgow. Her special interest is empowering adults to pass exams first time and achieve their full potential in their career or place of work. Her success rate to date approaches 90% of students passing exams first time and she now brings the course on line to allow you too, to succeed at exams and gain the qualifications you need to enjoy opportunities and choice in your career. She is author of two books including “How to Pass Your Exams”.