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Exam tips and study resources

​​​​​​​The University’s December exam diet will take place between 9th and 21st December.

This year, the majority of our exams will be on-campus. Please check your exam timetable to see which rooms your exams will be taking place in.

Sitting your exams

This year will be the first time that lots of our students will be sitting in-person exams while studying at the University.

If you’re unsure about sitting in-person exams, make sure to familiarise yourself with the University’s exam hall regulations:

Exam Hall Regulations

Further guidance on the exam diet can be found on the Examinations website:

Exams – frequently asked questions

Revision time

To help you tackle the revision and exam period, we’ve created some guidance and tips to support you:

Be prepared

Create a revision plan for each day and break it down into shorter, more digestible chunks. Choose different subjects for each revision session and reward yourself with regular breaks. 

Find a quiet space

Make sure to revise somewhere you won’t be interrupted. If you’re planning to revise on-campus, we’re extending opening hours on lots of study spaces over the revision and exam period:

Study space availability

Online resources

Looking for tips or needing some advice on sitting open book exams, completing assessments or a dissertation project? The Study Hub's learning resources and blog have tips, strategies and information for effective online studying and exams.

The Study Hub

Using the Library to help you revise

The University Library has a huge range of resources to help you study for your exams. You can download past exam papers to practice and even get tips for time management. 

Library exam and revision support

Reach out for support

You’re not alone – if you’re unsure about something, those on your course are a great place to turn to if you need to fact check something.

Our staff are also here to support you. If you still can’t get your head around a certain course topic or just need some advice speak with your Student Adviser, Personal Tutor, or check out your school’s webpages to see what further support they can offer you. 

Don’t let stress get on top of you

Anxiety around the exam period is a normal feeling for most of us. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have a variety of facilities and services to support you:

  • Health and Wellbeing website: Information about health and wellbeing, as well as contact details for specific support services and self-help support. 
  • Student Counselling Service: a free and confidential service available to all students, offering a range of over-the-phone, in-person and online support.
  • The Advice Place: Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s free and impartial advice on a wide range of matters, including academic concerns, money-related issues, harassment and complaints.            
  • The Listening Service: a 24/7 service if you need to talk to someone. They offer confidential & non-judgemental listening, can provide help in a crisis, & have great links with specialist sources of help if needed.

Got a question?

Check out the Examinations website for further guidance on exams.

Examinations | The University of Edinburgh

If you have any specific questions about your exams, please contact and we will get back to you as soon as we can.