Aug. 17, 2019

Exam Preparation is now like playing a Game:


USE YOUR TIME WISELY Create a work schedule well in advance before exam's, and aim to finish preparation before your exams. This can minimize possible stress and distraction. Make time, too, for an activity that is fun and relaxing.

SLEEP Sleep is very important during exams, our brains are at their best when they are rested. If you sit for an exam exhausted, you will have a hard time recalling the information things. Exams designed to assess knowledge and skills that you accumulate over months of study, so practically reviewing your notes the week before the exam will not help you. You can study an hour or so a day to keep yourself focused and on-topic, but avoid working late into the evening.

REVIEW EXAM CONTENT, SELECTIVELY As mentioned above, instead of broadly reviewing, however, study several points that are essential to earning your intended score.

SCHEDULE RECOVERY TIME If you have multiple exams on multiple days, do your best to clear your schedule in the evenings. You will need to relax and sleep in order for your brain to recharge, and a busy night can interfere with this process. Do indulge in light exercise or a favorite activity and Continue to eat well.

VERIFY THE DETAILS Be absolutely sure that you know when (and where) your exams will be held. Scrambling to find this information on the day of an exam will only serve to increase your nervousness.

STAY ACTIVE Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain, and sitting in one place for an extended period of time can lead to a tired, ill-supplied mind. You may not be able to squeeze in a full workout during exams, but you do have time to go for a short walk or to do two sets of crunches or push-ups. Try searching online for “exercises for office workers.” This search may lead you to activities that you can do to keep your blood flowing during this critical portion of the semester.

EAT WEL Eating healthy food is always a great idea. During finals week, you may be tempted to eat and drink whatever items are most convenient. However, the quick calories of processed carbohydrates will ultimately leave you exhausted. Instead, eat foods that are digested slowly: whole grains, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins. A little planning can go a long way as you head into finals week. A loaf of whole grain bread, Bags of baby carrots or microwaveable frozen peas can provide a quick, healthy snack, as can a handful of almonds or walnuts. Before a final, be sure to eat a meal that is high in protein, Most final exams are more than an hour in length, and a sugar rush simply will not see you through. Likewise, taking an important test while hungry can be a recipe for disaster.




The reverse of focusing too intensely is not being able to focus at all. While it is true that devoting too much time to studying can lead to fatigue, dividing your review sessions into too many parts can lead to scattered and ineffectual learning. Turning off your social media for an entire week may not be realistic or achievable for every student. Do, however, consider using it as a reward. Check in on your favorite platforms or websites for 10 to 15 minutes before going to bed or during your downtime.




It does not matter if you are not a morning person, getting up early gives you more revision time. On the last day before your exam, every second doesn’t really count. But by the end of the day, you are likely to feel as if it does, so you may as well start early and make the best of it.




Review summaries, rather than full notes. This final day should be regarded as a consolidation period.