Thank you! :)
Studying for Finals
1. Stock up on all the supplies and snacks you need! For me, that’s a lot of water, tea, coffee, fruits, dark chocolate, extra pencils, lead, paper, and notebooks.
2. Make sure I have all my study guides and study notes prepped ahead of time. I know this isn’t exactly apart of finals week, but it helps so much if you have everything prepared ahead of time! It saves a lot of stress!
3. Remove all your distractions. Turn off your phone, put it away, get Self Control on your laptop (or other apps). Focusing really helps and removing your distraction saves you a lot of studying and relaxing time.
4. Have your favourite stress relievers nearby. Make sure while you’re studying, you take breaks. For me, I either listen to music, practice violin, read a little bit of a novel, or workout when I’m on break from studying.
While Writing an Exam
1. Bring a bottle of water. Just don’t drink it all at once, take a few sips every few questions you answer to keep you awake, alert, and focused.
2. Bring a (quiet) snack to eat. I think the only snacks I’ve ever brought with me are cheese strings or blueberries. Almonds would be good as well but I’m not sure how crunchy they can be during an exam.
3. Bring a watch. A lot of the exam rooms I’ve been don’t have a clock, and the exam proctors don’t update the time as much as we like to. Having a watch on helps you to budget your time on the exam, keeps you on track, and ensures you hopefully have enough time to check over your paper!
4. Bring a sweater. Especially if your exam room is cold. They’re just cozy and warm, how could you say no to that feeling?! :)
5. Bring extras of EVERYTHING. Extra pencils, extra lead, extra erasers, extra pens, an extra calculator (really recommend this), extra ruler. Anything. Being over-prepared is definitely the way to go.
6. Manage your stress. I’ll link you with this TedTalk I watched in one of my classes a few weeks ago. It’s about managing stress and how you can use it to empower you. We all get nervous and stressed during exam season, and I feel like this presentation will inspire you to think of stress as a positive thing to improve your performance on exams and just about anything in life!
Good luck on finals! Hope this helps! :)