Exams can be one of the most stressful times during a student’s education. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind during these periods of high stress to help you conquer your exams.
1. Start your exam prep early
Starting to study early is a crucial first step to succeeding on your midterm. If you start ahead of schedule, you won’t find yourself rushing the night before an exam which will result in almost always doing better.
2. Prioritize your time
When going about prioritizing your study time, consider which exams are worth more of your grade, which ones are easier to study for, which classes are more difficult, etc. These are all important factors to keep in mind so you can study accordingly.
3. Don’t sacrifice your sleep
A good night’s sleep goes a long way. It is a crucial habit for maintaining mental and physical health during your everyday life, especially during exam weeks. Making sure you’re well-rested will help you be entirely focused while studying and writing your exams.
4. Create your own study guide
Creating your own personalized study guide (even if the professor provides one) can help you understand the course information better. Pinpointing important material, you need to learn is helpful to focus your studies.
5. Use a colour code system
After creating your study guide, create a system that lets you use colour for material that’s going to be on the exam. This will help prioritize information and focus on the most important content. It can also help improve your memory.
6. Practice using quizzes
Creating draft exam quizzes is an excellent tool for helping you become more familiar with what you need to study. Doing these quizzes will help set expectations of what you need to focus on and help you memorize your material.
7. Take breaks
Studies show that taking breaks and rewarding yourself for your hard work is vital for success. If you're looking for a structure for these studies to break ratios, try the Pomodoro technique. The Pomodoro technique breaks your study session into 25-minute focused sessions followed by five-minute breaks.
Following these tips will help you study and excel at your midterms. If you are looking for more tips, see this Fastweb article. If you are looking for some relaxation exercises to help you get through these stressful weeks, visit our IGTV videos on the Campus Wellness Instagram. It might also be helpful to check the Student Succsess Office academic reources and test strategies.