5 must-dos to ensure you ace your first semester final exams

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We’re nearing the end of another semester and that can only mean one thing: it’s that time again, exam time!

Is it just me, or did this semester go by lightning fast?

To ensure exams go smoothly and without hair pulling, studying is the obvious presumption. However there is so much more students can do to make exam time painless.

Here are a few suggestions:

Make a list of what you think will be covered on exam

Cherry-picking which main ideas you think will be covered on the exam helps you avoid studying every single note you ever took. By noting the most important information covered in semester, you can save a lot of time and headaches.

TalentEggTalentEgg Tip: Take a look at the course outline to get ideas for what might be covered on the exam (if your professor wasn’t nice enough to give you any pointers). The major themes and lessons listed in the outline will probably make it on to the exam.

Start reviewing and studying well ahead of exam because this gives extra time to get more done. Night before cram sessions are stressful and don’t allow you to actually learn the material.

Know what format exam is in

Make sure you attend every class in the weeks before the exam – your prof will probably tell the class which format the exam will be in and might even drop a few hints. Knowing the format of the exam can help you organize your studying. Will you have to know right and wrong answers, or will you have to write a few paragraphs or an essay on each topic?

Study together

Meeting up with classmates, sharing notes and sharing ideas can help you study by making it more fun. Keep in mind that sharing study notes can be helpful, but you should also review your notes later on by yourself to avoid distractions.

Sleep and eat well before

Taking care of yourself physically often makes the difference in your ability to recall information and then write it down on the exam page. Eating well and getting enough sleep, which for students should be an average 7–8 hours, will help keep away illness during a very stressful time.

Do the best you can

Don’t let the pressure stress you out. Stay positive and leave your room or the library once in a while to take a walk and get some fresh air. It will help you feel better and give you the energy you need to dive into another hours-long study session.

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