It’s mid-October, which means that for us students, it is the busiest time of the year! I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel like assignments and exams are never ending and it can be so overwhelming. Luckily for you, I’ve learned some tips and tricks that have helped me get through this stressful time of the year and I will happily share them with you.
● Plan out your schedule – To make sure you don’t forget about any assignments or end up neglecting your other courses, take note of your due dates and exam dates.
● Do practice questions and exams – there’s nothing better than knowing if you’re really ready for your exam than testing your knowledge so do some practice questions and practice exams before.
● Find the perfect study spot – This one of the first steps that you definitely need to consider. Everyone’s different so figure out where you focus and study best whether that’s your room, at a cafe or the library.
● Get rid of distractions – make sure that you’re staying focused and being productive which means it’s probably best to put aside your distractions like your phone.
● Take breaks – take frequent and short breaks to keep your focus and let your mind refresh.
● Ask for help – reach out to your professors and peers for help and ask them what to expect so there won’t be much surprises during your exam.
● Caffeine – I don’t know about you, but caffeine is my best friend during midterm seasons. BUT please don’t over caffeinate yourself!
● Study groups – gather a group of friends to study with. You’re most likely going to learn a thing or two from each other.
● Self-care – Do not underestimate the importance of self-care. Don’t skip meals, don’t forget about some of your personal hygiene and don’t stay up too late. Get enough sleep, especially the night before your exam!
● Do not cram – Please please don’t think that cramming works. I’ve learned this the hard way and studying ahead of time definitely pays off better.
● Reward yourself – give yourself something to look forward to so you can stay motivated.
● Make use of your resources – reach out to the campus’ academic support. Here at King’s, we have the Academic Enrichment Centre that can provide you with support and assistance to thrive in your courses.
Lastly, remember that it’s just an exam. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t do as well as you hoped for (which I’m sure won’t be the case— as long you STUDY STUDY STUDY!). There will always be another one. And of course, don’t let this stressful time get you down. Trust me when I say this, you will get through it and all this hard work will all be for something.
Happy studying :)