And it’s exam time again!

Don’t freak out! (If you are) . Exams can be scary and stressful but i guess if we know how to, we can certainly deal with them lightly! So here are some exam tips i found online and combined them.

1, Triage your courses. A major mistake—that you should avoid—is planning to spend equal time studying for each of your finals. A much better idea is to apportion your study time unequally to your different finals. Is this a core or distribution course, or rather a course for my major? Is this a course that I’m acing already, or that’s in real grade trouble? Am I pretty much guaranteed a certain grade in the course or is the grade in the balance? What percentage of the course grade does the final count, anyway?

2, Adopt efficiency measures. The single most important thing to do if you have more finals than any human can manage is to work efficiently. First thing, don’t waste your time on things that don’t really advance your preparation for the test: things like copying over your notes, doing all the reading again, or listening to the lectures again. Much better is to do targeted activities that get you ready for the actual problems or questions that will appear on the final: things like writing out the study questions, doing extra problems from the book or handout, or marking up your notes for issues that most likely will come up on the test.
3, Set a study schedule. You won’t have to decide each time when—and whether—you’re gonna study if you’ve calendared your study schedule before exam week. And, if you set the times—and mean them—you’ll overcome the single biggest impediment to preparing for finals: PROCRASTINATION.
4, Avoid “interleaving.” Many students divide their study sessions into parts for each subject: 30 minutes for Econ, 25 minutes for P-Chem, 40 minutes for Anthro, and so on. But you’ll study better—and retain the material better—if you devote the entire study session to one subject. That’s because you’ll get less confused, and you’ll build up steam, if you’re working only on one thing. Also (in the best case), you won’t feel compelled to take a break after each subject, which will also save you time.

Rule of Thumb. 45 minutes of uninterrupted study time = 1 break. 1 break = 10 minutes.
5, Turn off the media.
6, Consider outsourcing. Many students find it more enjoyable—and more efficient—if they study in a group. Other classmates of yours may be more on top of certain portions of the material than you are; and, sometimes, hearing someone else explaining the material or seeing someone else doing the problems can provide additional insight for your writing about the same material or doing the same problems on the exam. Just make sure that every member of the group is doing his or her fair share, and that not everyone is leeching off of you.

5-Star Tip. If extra office hours or a review session is offered, be sure to go. This is the single most efficient strategy for preparing for multiple exams, since professors or TAs often go over problems very similar to those that will appear on the final and, in the best case, drop hints about questions that will actually appear on the exam (since, in many cases, that very morning they have written the test, and the questions are fresh in their minds).

Night Before the Exam:
1, Sleep!
2, Try to just review – don’t try to learn anything new
3, Picture yourself succeeding – One of the key elements for many world-class performers is visualization

Day of the Exam:
1, Eat – don’t skip the meal before your exam – not eating can result in tiredness and poor concentration.
2, Arrive just a few minutes before your exam to avoid the usual wide-spread and contagious panic

In the Exam:
1, Use a cheat sheet – Even if you’re not allowed to:
Make a cheat sheet of the material you are certain will help; take it to the exam; throw it out before you sit down, then recopy it from memory, somewhere on the exam booklet, as soon as you can.
2, Read all of the questions (except multiple choice) before beginning, and write notes on the paper for anything important that occurs to you as you read.
3, If you’re having a problem with one question move on and return to the problem question if you have time left at the end.
4, Watch the clock

In the end, Good luck with your exams everyone!

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Alisa graduated in the Summer of 2014 and is no longer blogging for this site. Alisa, a student from Vietnam, blogged about her third year of BSc Financial Economics and her time as a Course Representative.

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