You’ve been working hard the whole semester. You’ve put in the hours on your class assignments, tests, and reports. You’re well on your way to getting a respectable grade. There’s just one more hurdle to overcome – you need to survive your ...Read more
You’ve been working hard the whole semester. You’ve put in the hours on your class assignments, tests, and reports. You’re well on your way to getting a respectable grade. There’s just one more hurdle to overcome – you need to survive your final exam.
How You Used To Do It
Exam time naturally comes with a lot of pressure. You’ve done the quick meals, lack of sleep, and cramming sessions route but they always leave you tired and the nerves don’t seem to subside. There has to be a better way to nail your final.
How It Should Be Done
There are plenty of top tips you can have in place to ensure that you’re well prepared and nail your exams. Here is our final exam survival guide:
Get Some Rest
This may come as surprise to you. Why on earth should you be resting when you could be studying? Well, besides the fact that studying for extended periods of time without rest will leave you exhausted, in order for your brain to remember all you’ve just studiedand transfer it to “permanent long-term memories”, you need to take frequent breaks. This includes getting some shut-eye and avoiding your smart devices while doing so as they stimulate the brain.
Get in that Vitamin B
A study conducted by scientists from Boston University revealed that learners who had good exam performances, had a lot of Vitamin B in their system.
You can find it in foods such as chicken, broccoli, pumpkin, lentils, and eggs, to name a few.
The last thing you want to do is have an all-night study session the night before a major exam. Besides the fact that this will hinder your brain from remembering all you’re trying to get in, cramming also doesn’t help with the nerves. And we all know that nerves are the enemy of trying to get a good grade.
So do yourself a favor and prepare well in advance. Put together a study time table that includes resting times and try to stick to it as best as you can. You’ll be glad you did this one.
On Exam Day
When it comes to the day of your exam, it’s often true that the most basic advice is the truest.
Multiple Choice Exam
Most exam papers will have a multiple choice section. In order to nail this part, make sure that you follow the following steps:
- Read the entire question
- Use the process of elimination
- With the remaining possible answers after the process of elimination, select the answer that makes the most sense to you
- If you find that 2 or 3 answers seem like the correct answer and the other options may also be correct, then choosing the “all the above” option might be the correct choice.
No need to be intimated when you come across an essay exam. Here’s how to nail it:
- Read the question and instructions carefully
- Draft your essay by outlining the important points you want to focus on
- Also draft your evidence, quotes, or studies that will support your statements
- Time yourself carefully. Make sure you’re not spending too much time on the essay, and neglecting the rest of your exam questions.
Take A Deep Breath!
Now that you have our final exam survival guide, go out there and nail your finals! For more useful tips to use at school and at home, be sure to join our email list.