I’m finally free from exams! My exams started last Monday so last week I was cooped up in my room trying to revise and only leaving to sit exams. My last exam was on Saturday (I know, how cruel) but at least my weekend wasn’t completely ruined as I had a really good Sunday treating myself which you will hear about in my next blog post 😉
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to share how different my exam experience was here compared to my exams at Leicester. So firstly, I don’t really think study leave exists at Macquarie. I wasn’t given a break to solely focus and revise for exams, so up until the Monday my exams started, I was still having lectures and tutorials and assignments to finish and then still had to find time to revise on top of that. I didn’t really like that at all and I found it tiring and hard to stay on top of everything. The only consolation was that some of my exams were only worth 40% of the module, my exams at Leicester are usually worth 80%, so I had already completed and done well in most of the module which took a lot of the pressure off.
The exam procedure is quite different too. Two out of three of my exams were held in tutorials rooms and I wasn’t allowed to bring a bag in the room, you had to either keep it at home or put it in the allocated bag storage lecture theatres. All of my exams had a 10-minute reading time which is allocated to reading all the instructions and all the questions in the paper, however, I was not allowed to write any of my personal details during that time. Instead, I had to write it during the time I should be completing the exam so that took a good 5 (precious) minutes out of my total writing time as I had to write my details on numerous sheets of paper. Also, another thing that’s different to Leicester University is that all examination papers and assignments have your name written on them so exams aren’t marked anonymously. I don’t think I like that either.
The exams in general I found were tougher than what I was used to and required a lot of detailed knowledge. For my marketing exam, I literally had to learn 60 pages of notes that I had written from the textbook and lecture notes combined. Although I could’ve cut those notes down, I was hesitant to as in previous quizzes the lecturer likes to test us on the minor details and in the exam he definitely wanted us to remember some of the examples used in the textbook. I will say, although I did complain about having so much work and assignments to do during the semester, it really did help when it came to exams as revision was easier because I remembered a lot of the things I had learnt because I was forced to use that knowledge continuously during the semester.
I know for other courses, some people only had essays to complete or take home exams (I was so jealous) but sadly the Business and Economics faculty was not so kind. I’m glad my exam period was so short as it only lasted for less than a week, I’m used to my exam period lasting for 2-3 weeks, so that’s definitely something I’m not complaining about.
I’m glad it’s all over though and now I get to enjoy the hot weather and my complete freedom.
Bring on summer.