I know I already gave you some exam tips, but hey! More is more. Sure, that’s how the saying went.
1. Organize your study space. I don’t know about you, but when my studying area is not organized and clean, I can’t focus nearly as well. This may just be a quirk of mine, but I always find that a clean study space is a happy study space. I’m just kidding. There is no such thing as a happy study space. So, let’s shoot for a marginally less torturous due to cleanliness study space, yeah? Use white boards and bulletin boards to keep reminders and notes. Use little office organizer draws or containers to keep papers tamed. Use cups or little cute buckets or anything of that nature to keep pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, etc.
2. Redo old tests or exams. This may sounds horribly boring and redundant, but it helps you to see what you did wrong the first time, what you’re still doing wrong, what you need to work on, and what you’ve already got down pat.
3. Explain your answers to someone else. This helps so much. If you need to know Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Point Plan and it’s significance, have a friend or family member listen to you explain it. It is even better if you are explaining it to a friend who is in your class and doesn’t understand it because then you’re studying while you help them.
4. Practice essays are the answer to life. Sometimes, professors will give you your exam essay prompt ahead of time, or clues as to what it will be. It won’t kill you to spend an hour or two thinking of possible responses and slapping them into an essay to solidify and organize ideas. It will be a lifesaver come the exam when you have not enough time and too many things to think about.
5. Healthy food is good. I know that we’re all stressed out and that leads to stress-eating and sugar cravings and all that jazz. But you really need to keep your body in check with nutrient-rich, healthy foods. While that drive-thru burger may be a time saver, you really need lean proteins, veggies, and nutrients to allow your brain and body to function at high levels.
6. Get some sleep. I know that pulling an all-nighter may sound like a good plan, but it isn’t. You’ll wake up (or remain) exhausted and have no energy. Your brain cannot function on no sleep. More matter how hard it is, force yourself to get at least six to eight hours so you are running on something for the exam.
7. Make water your best friend. You need to stay hydrated and water is the best way to do that. Sodas and juice (and if your in college – maybe alcohol) may seem like the way to go, but they make you tired and sluggish. Try to stick to water with the occasional tea or coffee thrown in there.
I hope these tips help you a bit! Good luck, lovelies!