‘The answers are all out there, we just need to ask the right questions’- Oscar Wilde : Revising for upcoming exams

‘The answers are all out there, we just need to ask the right questions’- Oscar Wilde : Revising for upcoming exams


I am currently revising for my ACF 214 Principles of Finance exam that is coming up in the next few weeks. I’m a little nervous as I find finance quite difficult. However, as I said in my first blog, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’. I may not have the natural talent when it comes to finance but I definitely have the drive to achieve and succeed. I have the hard work element upper hand so to speak so I’m going to try my best to ace it. In terms of revising tips, I feel redoing tutorial questions is very helpful as I can see where I went wrong in the past and get the gist of the structure of the questions I will be asked during the exam.


Exams are definitely nerve wracking. The worst thing to do is panic as long as you start revising early and try your hardest you’ll do fine. I recently watched a video about procrastination. It was a very enlightening video by Tai Lopez who went from just $47 in his bank account to being given a billionaire title. In his video he said something along the lines of life isn’t short, we make it short. Don’t be stingy with your money be stingy with your time. Basically don’t waste a lot of your time on things such as social media or video games. Your time is valuable. Your time at Lancaster university is valuable, so make the most of it. Get the best degree that you can do by working hard and revising to the best of your ability. Go into the exam thinking I couldn’t have worked any harder and you’ll never be disappointed in yourself.


Some tips on how to revise:


  • Find a quiet space with little distractions, you need 100% concentration, University isn’t a place for a poor attempt.
  • Give it your best! Exams are just a chance to show off your knowledge, skill and it all comes down to the amount of effort you put in. If you want a great outcome you need to put in the same amount of effort to match this.


Top Tip: Go over tutorials as these are usually the same structure as the exam questions


  • Try to establish what you’re weak at. There’s no point going over topics you are good at and neglecting the ones you find most challenging as this defeats the object of revising and it will trip you up in the exam.


  • Think positively – you can ace this exam; you can do well as long as you try hard


  • Prepare! if you go into the exam thinking you couldn’t have done anything else then you have mastered the art of exam revision


  • Have a timetable, many revision classes I have been to have mentioned having a revision timetable. However, if I make one of these I spend little time on it as I feel there’s a danger to overthink the timetable and spend too much time planning it for example I’ve known people to colour it in and draw little pictures. This is a waste of valuable time you could’ve used to spend studying.


There are many more amazing techniques to revise, there’s too many to list but Lancaster university does offer many classes and workshops in mastering revision so if you’re still unsure on how to revise, attending these are probably your best option.


I am going to mention one last technique which I feel is the most important of all.




In my ACF 211 workshop, my tutor said there are no stupid questions, the stupid thing is to not ask. The tutors, your lecturer and academic staff are there to help so do seek their help if you need it! Ask if you’re unsure, we are at university to learn so you aren’t expected to know everything so it’s okay to not understand. It’s not okay however to sit in silence when you’re confused. A question you never ask will never be answered.


‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it…. asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness it’s a sign of strength’- Barack Obama


‘I am neither clever nor especially gifted, I am only very very curious…. the important thing is never to stop questioning’ -Albert Einstein


‘The answers are all out there, we just need to ask the right questions’- Oscar Wilde


Thank you for reading. Good luck with your upcoming exams.