Some of you have already started with exams, others are in the middle of preparing for one of the most stressful times of the academic year. Are you feeling the pressure? Don’t panic – it will be fine!
1. Prepare an Exam Kit
There is nothing worse than being in a rush trying to make it to an exam on time. Prepare your little exam kit with pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener, calculator, basically anything that you are allowed to bring and could turn out to be useful. Make sure you have it in place the day before the exam and you are all set to walk out the door on exam day.
2. Schedule Breaks
It probably seems like you don’t have time for anything anymore, but it is crucial that you allow yourself some “me time”. Make sure that you get at least an hour a day to catch up with friends, read a book (course material doesn’t count!), go for a run or visit your favourite place. We promise, you will feel refreshed and ready for another round.
3. Summarise & Visualise
You’ll need to cover a lot of material, and will be asked to understand the fundamentals and be able to build on them. Try using -_Mind Maps_ to get a better picture of the subject. This will help you to categorise, build links and remember things better.
4. Eat properly
Admit it, during exam week you are most likely resorting to quick dinners, right? There is nothing wrong with that, but make sure that you get the right nutrients into you, and believe us a noodle pack is not what you want! Make sure to get enough Iron and Vitamin B, which help you to concentrate longer when you are studying.
5. Get enough sleep
Make sure you get enough sleep. We’ve all done it – pulled the occasional all-nighter, when freaking out about exams. Did it help? Most likely it didn’t better your results. Make sure you get at least 8-9 hours sleep, especially during exam week. Also, try to limit coffee or any other kinds of energy drinks during exam time. Caffeine remains in your system for 6-8 hours. Bet you don’t want your heart to be racing, more than it already is during an exam.
6. Prepare in advance
Most importantly, make sure you allow yourself enough time to go through all your material. You want to avoid last-minute cramming as much as possible! This can be especially hard for students working part-time jobs to cover the cost of studying. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to focus on your exams, you might consider other funding options to bridge the gap during this time.
How do you pull through exam week? Share your tips and tricks for exams here!