Exams are probably the most dreaded part of any semester. The mid-year break is in sight but there’s this awful hurdle you have to jump over first before you can enjoy your few short weeks of blissful relaxation and no university to worry about. I’ve (somehow) successfully made it to my third year of university so thought I’d share a few of my top tips for how to survive these next few weeks of exams.
- Plan it out – Planning your time wisely can be one of the best things for you. I always try to look at how many questions or topics I have to study for, then look at when my exams are, and plan out enough days to study a couple of topics each day leading up to the exam. Always make sure you have a day (or at least half a day) before your exam to revise over all the content to make sure it’s fresh in your mind on the day of your exam. Printing out a calendar, or planning out your time in your diary helps you stick to a plan to make sure you get everything covered beforehand, and stops you from having to cram last minute. The best part about planning your time means that there’s no need to freak out about losing your social life during the exam period – so it’s a win, win!
- Organise your study space – A clear space makes for a clear mind. The best way to start a good study session is by clearing out your desk, bedroom floor, or that tiny little patch of desk you’ve managed to steal in the university library. Having a clean study space makes for a clear mind, ready to soak up all that knowledge. Pull out your laptop, study notes, get out those multi-coloured pens and your notepads, and you’re all ready to study!
- Don’t forget to take breaks – The worst thing you can do while trying to study for a big exam is letting the stress get the best of you. It’s been proven that studying for 20 minutes, then taking a 5-minute break by walking to the letterbox, getting a glass of water, or some fresh air can do wonders for your mind. Taking regular breaks will stop you from over stressing about your exams and lets you study in increments so you’re not trying to cram everything in all at once.
Hopefully, you’ll find some of these tips helpful, and just remember, exams are not the end of the world if it doesn’t go as fabulous as you hope it will. Study hard, give it your best and that’s all that anyone can ask of you, BUT, by using my top tips I can guarantee you’ll be breezing through these exams so easily! Good luck to you all for the upcoming exams and remember to enjoy yourself over the mid-year break – you deserve it!
Loren - Kimera Ambassador