Tips for Exams

The first week of exams has slowly dawned on us and the campus is in a frenzy. The libraries and coffee shops are filled with students in sweatpants with their heads burrowed in their books.

For most of us, it feels like exams catch up to us out of nowhere. I had my first exam today and I was up til all hours of the morning studying for it, loaded on caffeine and adrenaline. However, I would not recommend pulling all-nighters to prepare for exams. Even though I don’t always adhere to these rules, I’ve accumlated some good tips through out the years. I’m going to try my best to follow these rules to make my life a little easier and to make exams less stressful.

1. Start early: This is the most important tip when studying for exams. The earlier you start to review, the easier it will be for you to understand the material. That way when the exam rolls around, you won’t have to start from the beginning, you will already have a foundation. You will retain information better the earlier you start and this is important especially if your exam’s focus is on memorization.

2. Seek help: Don’t be afraid to ask your TAs, professors, and classmates questions. Don’t wait until the day before the exam to start studying because you won’t be able to get important questions answered. A lot of times classes have review sessions that go over important concepts and common misconceptions. Try to attend these!

3. Find a study buddy: Try to find someone who you can bounce questions and ideas off of. It’s so beneficial to be able to collaborate with someone and test each other. Getting someone’s perspective on something can help you grasp the material at a deeper level.

Good luck!

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