Welcome to How to Succeed in Exams and Assessments. We’re pleased
you have chosen this book and hope it will fulfil its promise and help
you achieve excellent grades. Our aim has been to provide tried-andtested
tips covering the whole exam experience, from planning your
revision to coping with exam nerves. We’ve tried to remain faithful to
the philosophy of our earlier book, The Smarter Student, by creating
a quickly accessible resource that you can dip into in time of need.
We had many kinds of students in mind when we decided to write this
text and we hope that it will meet your personal needs – regardless of
your experience and background.
We would like to offer sincere thanks to many people who have
influenced us and contributed to the development and production of
this book. Countless people over the years have helped us to test our
ideas, especially our PREP resit summer school tutors and students,
who provided valuable feedback. We are grateful to the following
colleagues and collaborators who have helped us directly or indirectly:
Margaret Adamson, Michael Allardice, Chris Carter, Kate Christie,
Anne-Marie Greenhill, Jane Illés, Jane Prior, Anne Scott, David Walker,
Amanda Whitehead, Will Whitfield and Hilary-Kay Young. Also, we
acknowledge those at other universities who have helped frame our
thoughts, particularly our good friends Rob Reed, Nicki Hedge and
Esther Daborn. We owe a special debt to the senior colleagues who
encouraged various projects that contributed to this book, and
who allowed us the freedom to pursue this avenue of scholarship,
especially Robin Adamson, Ian Francis, Rod Herbert and David
Swinfen. At Pearson Education, we have had excellent advice and
support from Steve Temblett, Georgina Clark-Mazo and Joan Dale
Lace. Finally, we would like to say thanks to our long-suffering but
nevertheless enthusiastic families: Derek, Keith and Fiona; and Mary,
Paul and James, all of whom helped in various capacities.
We’d be delighted to hear your opinion of the book and receive any
suggestions you have for additions and improvements.