Charlotte teaches theology at Glasgow University and sent some excellent advice.
for humanities exams involving lots of writing: buy several pens of different
thickness (the fatter the better) and change pen after each question. The
different width means that you are using different muscles so that your hand
does not get as tired.
Based on marking experience: DO read the rubrics. Do read the questions!!! DO make sure you are answering the question set and not the question you really wanted it to be.
AND if you are going to commit a
howler, do it with grace. My favourite was the student who wrote John
Chrysanthemum instead of John Chrysostom, and spelled chrysanthemum right.
Lastly and importantly – something I
discovered early on in my career: DON'T go for a
pub lunch after a paper in the morning and before a paper in the afternoon and
drink half a pint of cider. It will NOT, repeat NOT, improve your exam performance!