I'm currently doing an MSc as a mature student. I have an exam on the 13th January and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to know. The lectures have been pretty pointless for the most part. They just seem to be introductions to the various topics, without much focus on the actual principles or what we need to know for the exams. The reading lists aren't much better, most seem to only be references for the very specific talking points of the lectures.
It didn't help that the two 'reading' weeks we were given before Christmas were taken up by a difficult and incredibly stressful assignment, that had to be handed in on 23rd December. Everyone had problems with that.
I've looked at past exam papers (which aren't supposed to be that representative of what to expect because many of the modules are different, and it's being written by different people, with a different format) and I barely know how to approach the questions. The questions seem to cover absolutely anything to do with a particular module.
I've been feeling really stressed. I've emailed a university counsellor for an appointment. Initially that was for low self-esteem but it might just be exam stress now. I probably won't hear back for a few days, and so as not to cut into revision time, I've asked for an appointment for the morning of the day of the exam, which is in the afternoon.
I've been doing exams nearly every year since I was a teenager so it isn't that I don't know exam technique. The questions seem so intensely focused on particular aspects of the topics and I only have two weeks to figure it out.
I quit accounting years ago because of how stressed I got over it. You can imagine how I'm feeling about this course.