Top 10 Tips For Exam Week

November 8, 2013

Happy Friday Everyone!

This week I want to share with everyone the top things to know about exam week. Only six more days until the start of exams. I have been around Gould my entire life, so I have experienced many exam weeks. I have seen advisees, and my parents, break down in the middle of it. So, all you new students and parents, DON’T PANIC! Exam week isn’t that bad as long as you go about it the right way. Here are my top ten tips for survival:

1. Find a routine.

Exam week can be even more stressful if you have several variables. So, eliminate those variables. No, don’t get stuck in a rut! But, do formulate a plan. It helps if you have a favorite study spot.  Do your studying there.

2. Make a plan and stick to it.

Everyone reaches a point where they lose all sense of organization. The worst time to do it is exam week. Write down what you need to do, then do it.

3. Don’t stress.

Exam week is very stressful, but try not to let it be. If you stress over your exams, there is a good chance you will make a mistake. It’s important to remember that your exam isn’t the end-all be-all of your entire life.

4. Take breaks.

I don’t have any real statistics, but I know it’s true that an adolescent brain can’t be truly productive for more than 45 minuets at a time (or something like that). So, take a short break! Go to the store, take a nap, go on Facebook, or anything you don’t do when you study.

5. Get active.

Every exam week in my tenure at Gould, I continue my habit of waking up at 6 in the morning and hitting the gym. I know it means I don’t sleep as much, but it really does help to get your heart pumping and your brain ready for the day in front of you. Now, not everyone enjoys working out, so for some people this could be playing a game of speedball on the turf. Or maybe kicking a soccer ball around with your friends!

6. Don’t cram.

I know that I’m barking up the same tree here, but it’s true. If you study the content several times, not the night before, you will remember it better. Also, it helps if you say out loud what you’re studying. So, if you need to memorize the definition of a word, repeat it out loud over and over and over and over again.

7. Find someone in your class.

Almost nothing helps more than studying with someone in your class. Odds are they will be able to help you with something. And in return you will be able to help them with something.

8. Remember sleep is important.

That whole 8 hours thing, yeah that’s not a joke. Sleeping is just as important as studying! If you don’t have a good night’s sleep, you will not succeed, which is your entire goal.

9. Don’t rely on caffeinated beverages.

Coffee and Red Bull shouldn’t be your lifeline for an entire week. If you need a little pick me up, that’s one thing. But remember, you come down off of caffeine. It isn’t a permanent source of energy.

10. Go to the study session.

Gould gives you the opportunity to talk to every teacher  the day before exam week begins. That’s the best opportunity to talk to the teachers. They are more than willing to answer any question you have. It is also guaranteed that they will be in a good mood because, at the study sessions, there are all different kinds of snack food. Including buffalo wings. So, go get help! Ask anyone, it is incredibly helpful.

These are the things that help get me through my exam week. If you see someone struggling, tell them something that helps you get by. Be that lifeline that they need to make it.

Until Next Week,



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