They can be your best friend or your worse enemy. One’s thing is for sure: Just like your Aunt Susan and Uncle Clyde your family could do without, they are staying for a week. So whether you are taking exams at college or in high school, you better be nice and treat those exams like a nice lady. Put time into them, don’t forget about them and take them out to a nice restaurant. You’ll be glad you did.
Tip 1: Start early
If your first exam begins in less than 14 hours and you have yet to pull out a book–or look up the actual exam schedule–you have not done yourself a favor. While it’s hard to study for a quiz or a test a few days in advance sometimes, you should look at the exam differently. It’s your last chance. Your saving grace, if you will. Make an lasting impression that you’ll be glad of for that class, or bomb it. I suggest you take the first one.
Tip 2: Fun studying
Let’s face it. Whether you are in college or in high school, you probably have found out that studying can sometimes be a bit of a bore. Why not spruce things up and sprinkle those notes with glitter or something?! Well, if you’re not into that, you should make note cards. Simply write a keyword or definition on the back of the card and write a description on the front. These will help you memorize much faster and might even help if you are a photographic learner. An outline of your notes, something more organized than simple gibberish, can also benefit you.
Tip 3: Food
Sorry, but you’re going to need more than pizza to make it through that chemistry final. Yes, I realize the pepperoni reminds you of electrons, but let’s face it … you’ll need some brain food that will actually benefit your brain. Eat a good meal before you go to bed the night before your exam. At Longwood? Why not hit up Midnight Breakfast tonight from 10 p.m. until midnight in D-Hall. But you should also eat something before your test–something light. You don’t want to eat a full-course meal and get in there amongst the warm air and all asleep do you? No! That’s for after the exam. Take a snack too that isn’t too noisy to your test. And remember peppermint is your friend!
Tip 4: Study Groups
These are helpful if they are actually productive. Many times you will find that study groups turn into Facebook fun-time or gossip hour. Come in to the group with a plan. Have everyone do some pre-work and then get together to discuss what you all think. This is especially helpful on exams that are essay in nature. And be sure to study with some people you actually don’t mind being around for a few hours. Or else relocate to the library and forget to tell them you are moving.
Remember that your final exam doesn’t have to be the worst experience ever. Devote some time to study and get plenty of sleep. Consider studying with a group or by using note cards, or anything that will help the process go along. But just remember to believe in yourself and that you can pass this thing! You’ll do great! Good luck on finals everyone.