Five tips for surviving Exam Week
The dreaded exam block is just around the corner. Kaitlin McNamara and Courtney Quast offer some helpful hints to surviving your final exams.
- Study with friends
‘Two heads are better than one’ – studying with a friend or in a study group allows you to bounce ideas, motivate one another and challenge each other. Study with a friend can also make a usually boring task more fun and rewarding.
- Make a schedule
Schedules are a handy tool to keep yourself on track and ensure you have plenty of time to study, rest and sit your exams. A well organised schedule will allow you to structure your weeks to maximise productivity.
- Take breaks
Regular breaks are a healthy way to allow your brain to rest and retain more while studying. We are all at risk of burning out, so schedule some time to walk the dog, go the gym or grab a coffee with a friend.
- Be prepared
Check the date, time and location of your exam well in advance to make sure you allow yourself enough time to study. Be sure to also double check the exam details the night before. There is nothing more stressful than last minute cramming because you forgot about an exam or arriving at the wrong venue on the day. So avoid this stress by staying organised and allowing yourself enough time to prepare for the exam.
Sleep deprivation doesn’t help anyone, especially students preparing for exams. Without a sufficient amount of sleep, all that time spent studying can be counter productive. So make sure you catch some Zzzzzz!
Good luck with your exams!
Courtney Quast and Kaitlin McNamara