It takes not days but months to fully transition from high school to college. Furthermore, this period is harder for some than it is for others. To make matters even worse, many find that they haven’t yet adapted to college life once the exam season comes. And when we add into this the fact that the exam season in college is nothing like that in high school, it’s natural that one’s first instinct would be to panic. Nevertheless, while it might seem impossible to survive the upcoming exams, we are here to prove you different! Coming your way are fail-proof ways to get through these dreadful tests. With the help of these tricks, you will undoubtedly have finished the year strong and full of new knowledge!
There’s much more that goes into passing your exams than mere studying. No, we aren’t saying you’ll be able to do it without reaching for the book. You’ll need to consult specific strategies to ensure you get a high score and pass the exams without losing your mind. Or rather, tricks that we’ve prepared for you!
Not knowing what, when, and how to study is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a student. That being said, making a comprehensive study plan helps you remember when you should be studying, what subjects, as well as how much time you should dedicate to it.
You may feel pressured to crank out extra work hours when you have a lot on your plate. And as your to-do list becomes more extensive, you may sacrifice sleep to get more things done. On the other hand, there is no more potent weapon than a good night’s sleep when it comes to productivity. Furthermore, rest is necessary for the proper functioning of the body and mind, especially the night before the exam! We recommend getting at least 8 hours of sleep to ensure optimum results. Shortly before the exam, sure, but ideally, every night.
Some people can study virtually anywhere. However, there are also those that require specific ”conditions” to be able to fully concentrate on the topic at hand. If you happen to be picky when it comes to studying locations, you’ll need to carefully consider what spots work for you and what do not. If needed, you may even need to adapt certain areas, like your dorm room, to be able to pick up new knowledge in peace.
For instance, it’s not uncommon for students to have a hard time focusing on the study material when they are surrounded by a plethora of things. Believe it or not, clutter can be distracting, and let’s face it, dorm rooms are, more often than not, a complete mess. If this sounds like your room, we recommend that you make the most of the space by keeping the excess stuff elsewhere. This way, not only will you be able to fully utilize the dorm room, but you’ll also have nothing to distract you while you are paving your way toward academic excellence.
When your schedule is already packed, getting a head start on studying might feel impossible. Nevertheless, the sooner you start thinking about exams, the more prepared you’ll be to ace them. For more challenging projects or tasks, this is even more important to keep in mind. It’s only by staying organized and picking up books early that you will be able to survive the upcoming exams.
There’s no harm nor shame in reaching out to your teacher or professor for help if and when needed. After all, they will know more about the tests than anybody else. If you want to succeed academically, listening to and following their advice is crucial. Remember that they have seen plenty of students succeed, but also plenty of those fail in the past. It’s thanks to their experience that they should be able to point out what you are doing right and what you may be doing wrong.
Putting your phone away is a simple but crucial step that will help you focus on your studies. After all, it’s impossible to concentrate on your tasks and survive the upcoming exams with a phone buzzing every couple of minutes. You can give yourself a few minutes per hour to check your messages and Instagram feed. However, remember to put the phone away for the rest of the time.
What we actually mean by taking care of your body is eating and drinking well and also taking the time to exercise. If you want to avoid feeling sluggish and lethargic, try to keep the consumption of unhealthy snacks and oily foods to a bare minimum. Instead, we recommend you substitute them for fruits and vegetables, as the vitamins and minerals within them will help you concentrate better. It’s all the same with physical activity. However, exercise doesn’t only help you focus. What it also does is act as a stress reliever. And isn’t that something that you desperately need during the exam season?
We hope you do! The following weeks, however hard they may seem, will be over before you know it. Furthermore, in order to actually survive the upcoming exams, you need to take things one step at a time. Don’t forget to breathe, eat, and sleep well. And when you begin feeling overwhelmed, take a break from studying. After all, a student who takes care of themselves both physically and mentally is one that’s more likely to excel academically. Be that student!