The end of a college semester is bitter sweet. The upcoming break is long overdue, and time away from a cramped dorm room and barely palatable cafeteria food is more than welcome. But before you can enjoy any of the end-of-semester perks, you first have to make it out of exams alive. Here are five things to keep you sane during exams.
#1 – Organize your schedule
You’ll have your fare share of studying to do, and its not a great time to start skipping class or not showing up for work study- so make sure you organize your time efficiently. It may seem like overkill, but make a plan of when you will study each subject in preparation for each exam, when you will be going to class, when you will be relaxing, etc. Know when each exam takes place, and prioritize study time according to which exam comes first, second, third, etc. Make notes in your personal planner, write it out on note paper, use a white board…whatever you need to do. Just get your time in order!
#2 – Study Smart
You could spend five hours studying and get nothing accomplished if you’re not studying in the right way. Everyone’s “right way” is different, and you’ve probably already figured out how you study best. Don’t try to multi task by studying for an exam, finishing a paper, e-mailing a professor, and talking to your roommate all at once. You might think you’re saving yourself time, but in the end you’re probably just wasting it. Also, try to get rid of as many distractions as possible. Don’t have the radio on if you don’t study well with background noise, don’t have facebook up on your computer, and try to find a quiet, neutral setting such as a library or quiet coffee shop.
#3 – Study Groups
Studying with other people isn’t for everyone, but study groups can be surprisingly helpful. Even if you only plan a small amount of time to study with a group, talking over the subject and hearing different perspectives can help information stick in your brain. It also helps prepare for essay questions, by putting class material into conversation form with your peers. In addition to that, your other class mates might have learned some material that you missed because you were late to class or weren’t paying attention one day. Study groups can help you get the big picture.
#4 – Use Your Resources
While preparing for exams, it is in your best interest to use all the resources available to you. If you have a big question, e-mail your professor and get it cleared up before the exam. Use your textbook to review class material. Look over your notes, highlight important information, and make it into flash cards. Look over your syllabus, old tests, and quizzes to review key information.
#5 Take Time Away From Books
Cramming nonstop is actually a bad idea. Your brain will get tired and will stop absorbing information. You will probably also go insane. Take some time to relax with a friend, watch a movie, or go out. Partying is definitely not advised, but do have some fun. Exercising is also very important to help keep you feeling invigorating and healthy.