It is the final full week of October, and if you are like me you may be coming to the end of your mid-term season. Or perhaps it is just starting? Whereever you are in your academic hustle I have a few tips of DO’s and Don’ts to help you slay that grade.
DON’T- Wait Till the Last Minute to study and pull an all nighter.
DO Plan ahead. The earlier you start studying the better. Studying is not just memorization. You want to allow your mind to develop a deep understanding and strong knowledge of the content. The ultimate test to demonstrate your comprehension is by teaching someone else.
DON’T Review your notes to the very last minute up until you are in the exam room.
DO Allocate a grace period from studying before your exam. Allow yourself to have a minimum of two hours or twenty-four hours of non-study time before the exam. Exams bring on a lot of anxiety in students, which can impact your performance. Give yourself time to de-stress. Do an activity you enjoy, get a good night’s rest, and have a healthy meal. To perform well you need to ensure that basic physical, mental and soulful needs are taken care of.
DON’T Come Unprepared.
DO Have everything you need. This may seem simple but we all been in an exam where someone did not have a pencil or pen. The worst people not having calculators when permitted one. Just come prepared to execute the work all the time. By default always have a pencil and pen and an eraser .
DON’T Start answering questions
DO Read over all the questions of the exam. (Even I struggle with this from time to time) Sometimes we get so anxious that we start writing without fully understanding the question. Story: I had a Shakespeare test, where students were required to analyze a passage from Macbeth more than half the class failed this part of the test because they misunderstood the question. Tip: ex. And i.e do not mean the same thing. Make sure you know when to follow the example or do exactly as told.
DON’T forget to write your name
DO Write your name first. Again a simple step but many students forget.
DON’T keep the information in your head.
DO Create a ‘cheat sheet’ on the back of your exam. After you written your name, and before reading the questions write down everything that you know that comes to mind in the first few minutes on the back of your exam. As you begin working and reading questions you will begin to second guess yourself on questions or just overthink your answers. Rather than stress yourself out at the moment turn your exam to the back to see the notes you had written down. Chances are the answers you need will be in front of you. This is great if you have to use quotes to support ideas or use equations to solve problems.
DON’T- Just Wing IT
DO: Have a plan on how to attack the exam. Depending on the format of the exam you may have some sections that are worth more than others or that will require the most time out of you. Plan how much time you will take to answer questions and give yourself at least 15 minutes to review and edit if needed.
Most important just breath and relax and give it the best you got. After all, it’s only an exam. Think of how much fun you can have after it is all over!