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Our Top 9 Exam Tips

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Ayesha Masood
Communications Assistant
Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:30

April is rolling in, the weather is a lovely medley of periwinkle blue skies and cold winds, and the geese have started to mark their territory for nesting season. The end of another term is near which mean inevitable long hours of studying, coffee runs, and calculating your grades to guess the final grade.

With exam period on the horizon, the Feds Communications Assistant team came together with their best exam tips to make your exam period as stress free as possible.

Yvonn:

YvonnI am a 3A Political Science student who is taking courses in Arts, Science and Math this term! Between trying to juggle the different course content in these faculties, I like to play video/board games, work out, and look at memes.  

Yvonn's top 3 exam tips:

  1. Quiz yourself:

    It’s easy to just rewrite or reread your notes but this method is inefficient compared to quizzing yourself on the material or exposing yourself to new practice problems. This is a more effective way of studying that forces you to apply the knowledge you learned and answer questions that could be on your exam!
  2. Organize your study space:

    Having a clean and organized study space and notes can help your mind feel less jumbled during stressful times. Even if each course has its own folder, it can help your mind compartmentalize your work so it doesn’t get too overwhelming.
  3. Prioritize:

    I’m sure you know which courses that you need to work on the most, so don’t spend too much time studying the easy ones because you feel like you’re being productive. Your study energy is limited so you might as well dedicate that time trying to understand concepts you don’t have a good grasp on instead of enforcing things you can recite in your sleep!

Erin:

ErinI am a first year Environment, Resources and Sustainability student passionate about the environment (of course!), sports, theatre and writing.

Erin's top 3 exam tips:

  1. Switch up your study space:

    It can be easy to get caught spending 8 hours on end at the library. I find that alternating study spaces both mentally refreshes you and makes the studying process feel less monotonous. I try not to spend more than 2-3 hours at one location.
  2. Find a study buddy:

    Whether studying the same content or not, having a friend to study with is beneficial for many reasons! You can quiz each other, work through practice questions together if studying for the same exam, and help each other de-stress and feel less isolated.
  3. Fuel your body with good food:

    Trust me, this one is tough. It is so tempting to resort to junk food while studying because it’s quick, easy and, of course, tastes good. But staying away from junk food helps keep your brain more focused and gives you the energy to study longer and more efficiently. Some “brain foods” for exam season include nuts, eggs, yogurt, fruits and veggies, and fish.   

Ayesha:

AyeshaI am a 4B Political Science and English major, wrapping up my undergrad. When I am not working or studying, I love going out with my camera to photograph the city, try different food places, and working out!

Ayesha's top 3 exam tips:

  1. Make a list:

    Check how much studying you need to do, divide it between the days you have realistically, and stick to your plan. Having clear, short term goals will help give a sense of direction instead of panic reading all textbooks the night before exams. A solid schedule also helps prioritize the tasks you need to do without being overwhelming ,and you can even color code for different subjects.
  2. Talk to your professors:

    They are there to help and if you need any clarification with a difficult topic, make an appointment to go see them. Sometimes even talking with them over all the topics you have covered during the term makes you feel more confident about all that you have learned.
  3. A mini de-stress:

    Take a break from books and screens and unplug yourself for a short break. I used to ‘procrastibake’ and make batches of cookies and brownies during exam period, however working out or even throwing and catching a stress ball from your desk is a great de-stresser without the sugar rush. Take a walk around the block, close your eyes and listen to your favorite music, meditate, put on a sheet mask, or take a power nap for ten minutes. Set the alarm so you know when to dive back into your books!

Good luck for your exams, Warriors, you got this!