- Go away the weekend before the exam.
- Have your train journey in both directions disrupted by cancellations and delays, so that instead of a smooth progression between sets of reserved seats at a table, both journeys are longer and punctuated with stressful searches for enough seats for your small group.
- Exhaust yourself talking with people at a party. (Lovely people! Worth being tired for!)
- Do approximately 25% of the revision you planned to do on the train.
- Get woken multiple times the night before the exam by a small child, and then both of you oversleep.
- Ruthlessly hand over the morning nursery run to the child's other parent and cycle off just in time to take it at a non-sweaty pace rather than a frantically-late one.
The cycle ride was pleasant though! The exam itself went well enough: I don't seem to find exams very stressful compared to twenty years ago, so it was just a matter of reading through the questions and deciding (where I had a choice) which ones to answer. I would undoubtedly have done better if I had revised my management and economics units a bit harder, but I don't think I've embarrassed myself.
I spent some time last week (when perhaps I should have been revising ...) working out my schedule for the next year, starting now. I have one last assignment to do this week and this weekend I plan to make a start on the work for my October-starting courses. My last exam is no more than a year away. April & May will be a bit grim due to overlapping courses but June-September should be alright. (Good, because we're going to Helsinki in the middle of it.)