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Exam Advice from Those Who've Been There

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Michelle Wong
Communications Assistant
Tue, 07/24/2018 - 15:15

Lectures are concluding and preparations for the exam season have begun. Everyone has their own way of studying so we asked five students for their best tips and tricks on how they like to prepare. Take a look at what they had to say and hopefully you can find some tips that will help you as well.

Catherine Ho, 3rd year Global Business and Digital Arts


Catherine Ho“First things first, planning is the most important thing. Things can get stressful and overwhelming when the work piles up, so the best thing to do is to spare a bit of time to creating a schedule. It will help you organize the tasks that have to be done and forces you to prioritize and improve your time management. For myself, I like to have reminders on my laptop as well as write in an agenda to ensure that I can plan ahead while visually seeing my upcoming tasks!”

Charles Bai, 4th year Software Engineering

Charles Bai

“15 minutes of practice problems is better than 1 hour of reading slides.”

Clarisse Misola, 2nd year Health Studies

Clarisse Misola

“You have to set realistic study goals for the day - things you need to get done to help you stay on track and feel less overwhelmed. If you meet those goals - reward yourself! I also like to play lo-fi music in the background to help keep me focused.”

Hassaan Sami, 2nd year Computer Science

Hassaan Sami“Before you start studying, spend some time deciding which parts of the course will contain the most weight on the exam and plan your time accordingly. This is even more important if you’re running out of time to study.” 

Hajung Yu, 1st year Sociology

Hajung Yu

“I try my best to be prepared as to not stress myself out when things need to be done last minute. I try to plan out my assignments and studies two weeks ahead of time and spread things out as I know I need to coordinate my studying around work and extracurricular involvements as well. When I’m really stressed, I’ll even plan things out by the hour on my phone. For example, I will allot three hours to work on one assignment and then move onto another assignment. I think laying it all out ahead of time helps me get a general idea of what I need to do so it’s less overwhelming as a whole. Staying organized and planning is a great way to ensure you stay focused on top of your work load. Then again, everyone works differently so just try things out and find what works for you.”


We hope the tips and tricks above inspired you and remember to take breaks and find time to self-care as you study. For additional support during the exam period, take a look at the services provided by counselling services and UW MATES. Good luck Warriors and happy studying to you all!