It’s the most stressful time of the year, filled with late nights, way too much caffeine, and six hours straight of small print and boring facts. Yes, I am talking about #examszn. If you’re freaking out about bringing up your grades this year, read on to see what my tricks of the trade are to help you ace spring exam season 2k16.
- Make a to-do list. For each exam write out the individual sections or chapters you have to study and cross them out as you complete them.
- Start early. Two weeks from the date of the exam is a good amount of time for content heavy classes. For more logical/ critical thinking based classes, about a week to ten days should be fine.
- Take breaks between studying. A good method is to study for 45 minutes, then take a 15 minute break. After you’ve done 3 rotations of this, take a nice 30-60 minute break to clear your mind.
- Read through the textbook, highlight key concepts, and then write out what you highlighted in a notebook. Writing facts is scientifically proven to help you remember them better. This is the method I use to study for major tests and exams and it’s never failed me!
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Exam season is a stressful time for everyone, and sometimes things like health, fitness, and sleep can take the back burner to getting that perfect grade. Don’t forget that you are number 1, and that the better you feel, the better you’ll perform!
- Find your place. Everyone has that place that helps them to stay on task and focused, whether that be the library, your dorm room, outside, or in a random building on campus. Wherever it is, find it and use it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most university classes have tutorials and TAs for a reason, so if there’s something you don’t understand or need clarification on, it is literally their job to help you, and most are glad to do so.
- Have someone quiz you on the material, or quiz yourself. It never hurts to judge how much you do and do not know. For every question you get wrong, write it out and focus on learning it.
- Teach another person the content on your test. By explaining a concept to someone else, you get to practice exactly how you would explain it on the exam.
Good luck and may the odds be in your favour! Xoxo, Ana.