Hey, guys, since I just made the second last exam of the semester, I decided to create a post where I will explain a bit how I get prepare for an exam, specifically for the oral tests. So…let’s start:
★ 1. Planning materials and hours of study.
The first thing I do when I have to prepare myself for an exam is get hold of the program of study and then calculate the time that could potentially use to study everything and repeat. So in this case I recommend that you do not arrive at the last second, but start as soon as possible to collect the study material. I personally started studying at least one month before the exam takes place, if we speak of course of oral exam. For already written it is different, because I, personally, can pass a test written just reading many times the topics to bring . But then again, it depends from person to person, so … take your agenda or your calendar and start to establish which days or hours where you can devote yourself to the study, and once established it tries to respect your program , but rest assured, it’s not a problem if sometimes jump!
★ 2. Organize your notes.
Another important thing to do before you really start to study is to place the notes taken during the lessons.You can fix them or from time to time, or all at once when you have finished all the lessons. The right thing to do would be the first, but I do not always succeed, especially because often my university classes end up about six o'clock in the evening, so I get home not before seven.
★ 3. Read your textbook and highlights the most important things, helping with the notes, then unite it all.
Here I don’t think there needs to be an explanation, usually I’m used to help me with the notes I previously organized, so that I both easier to read and understand what are the most important things to learn. Usually I join the notes taken in class with the textbook doing a summary or by writing in pencil on the book, it depends on the amount of notes. I also use a lot of highlighters of different colors to highlight, of course, each of them has different meanings depending on use and color.
★ 4. Repeat aloud.
Regarding this point i don’t think there is much to say; usually I repeat aloud to better fix things and above all helps me a lot to prepare for the oral.
★ 5. Review.
Regarding the revision I’m used to repeat aloud, but above all to do mind maps or summary, however, I recommend these methods especially for written exams.
TIPS TO OVERCOME ANXIETY PRE-EXAM
Another thing I wanted to deal with is the question of anxiety, I suffer and I wanted to tell you a bit ‘my tricks to “overcome”.
★ 1. Estrange the mind.
The first thing I can tell you to do before you do anything else is to alienate the mind. In moments of leisure, stay away from the study, thinks of nothing else, watch a movie or a funny television series, go out with friends, read a book or whatever makes you relax. This will help you above all not to go under stress, and it is important for your mental health.
★ 2. Don’t drink coffe.
Before an exam is important not to drink coffee, or who does not drink too much, at least for me. The coffee, in fact, even if it has the property to raise the level of concentration, can also, if taken in excessive doses bring a widespread state of anxiety as well as insomnia. This could result in a bad performance on the exam day (what we do not).A good substitute is the green or black tea.
★ 3. Chamomile or Calming herbal teas.
This more than advice is my pre-exam ritual. In fact, usually, when I am particularly anxious or scared for an exam, I like to drink a chamomile or calming herbal tea, or a simple red fruit tea. Help to calm down and let me rest.
★ 4. Inhale and Exhale.
Another tip is to breathe. It happened to me sometimes to have some mild panic attacks before an exam, so before you take medication, you should simply exhale and inhale slowly filling and emptying the stomach, this way your mind will become calm.
★ 5. Believe in yourself.
Last but not least, believe in yourself. You are your only limit, and only you can overcome them. Only you know what you did and what you’re worth, so do not make you throw down, life is a great challenge!
An Inattentive ADHD uni students guide to exam prep.
1. Organise yourself
Make lists, figure out what exams are happening when and how much study you need to do for each topic to cover the relevant material. Set reminders for studying, eating, grocery shopping, cooking, taking your meds. Keep to a schedule it’ll reduce the panic.
I cannot stress this enough, so I’m going to put it in capitals GET ENOUGH SLEEP! Sleep schedules people, start rearranging your schedule so you can be functional at 8am. However, if you have insomnia, look into getting your exams rearranged so it’s within your awake hours. Generally this can be accomplished by going to a counsellor or psychologist and contacting the school.
3. Actually study
Making lists and organising yourself is one thing but, knowing that our brains are going to want to screw with that is something to plan for. I use a reward system. I’ll arrange for a friend to come over and study with me and I’ll set myself a study goal to achieve before they get to mine. Sometimes I will have to do a lot of reading so I get myself some candy and will have a gummy bear once I finish a chapter.
4. Remember that your life is not study
As much as study is important. Remember that you’re a human and you’re likely not going to gain anything by not bathing or eating properly or ignoring your partner. Try and take an hour out everyday to let yourself off the hook and do something fun and relaxing.
Yah, I know… It’s the last thing I want to do but, seriously, try and do a bit every now and then. Stretching out after an hours worth of study will suffice for awhile…
6. Don’t caffeinate too much
Caffeine actually does nothing for an ADHD brain. If you want to focus try and up the protein in your diet. It’s our secret focus food. If you want a dopamine rush i.e. get happy, have some carbs.
7. Don’t let panic put you in auto mode
Auto mode, or as I call it procrastination/avoidance/failure mode is the worst. Panicking about exams is totally normal. It’s nerve wracking, don’t let it put you in a position to fail. You got this!
8. Make alternate exam arrangements
My uni makes us do our exams in a massive sports hall with hundreds of other people. Which is HELL for someone with Inattentive ADHD. I have alternate arrangements now which puts me in a smaller room with one or two other people tops. It makes an amazing difference!
9. Do practice exams
In order to not panic/procrastinate knowing what you’re getting into is key. Try and do a couple of practice exams with a friend or something and get them to mark it for you. It’ll calm your brain, trust me.
10. Make appointments
Go and talk to your professors. Ask pointed questions about the exam. Try and have a practice exam completed before you go and see them and ask them to have a look over it. If you’ve done your study you should have a ton of questions and it’ll just help you to chill out closer to the exams.
Hi everyone ! I’m a panic person. Everytime I had an exam, I use to procrastinate and panic the day before the exam…. Not really good … But if this also happens to you, here are a few tips !
Before the exam
A few day before the exam, or even the day just before, you seem like you’ll never make it, just CALM DOWN.
You still have time. The exam is not right now, so it means you stil have hours before !
Now just breath deaply and try to calm down. Do not look at your desk yet.
Go get some fresh air, even if it’s for 5 minuts. It will give some air to your brain, and help calm down and prepare to focus.
Once you’re calm and focused, go back to your desk (or wherever you’re studying). Even if you think this is desperate, just do it ! It is better to know a bit than nothing (”You know nothing, Jon Snow”), right ?
Call some friends or pupil from your class, and see if they can help you with all the things you have to learn.
Now, you can relativise : This is just one exam in your life. That is nothing more. So ok, maybe you won’t get the maximal grade, but you have other exams, no ?
The night before the exam
Go to bed as early as you can, because it is useless to go to an exam when we’re tired.
Drink a tisane, and read a last time all your notes.
During the exam
So this is it ! Here we are !
Do not panic, once again. Take a deep breath and go, you’ll lost time by panicking.
Do not give up during the exam, even if it seems really horrible to you. Just do the best you can, and stay focused.
Chew. Studies has showed that we are more concentrated when we are chewing.
If you have the time, read once again all you have written (just in case)
Finally, the last thing very important is to not compare yourself to others ! Everyone is different !
I hope it will help some of you ! If you have question, just ask ! I’m here :)
English annotating of Gatsby Texts - also my trip to the Winchester Christmas Market in December (which i miss already)
The amount of work I have to do is making me panic constantly…No free time at all! Also got my exam questions for my Photography exam project and the questions are so bad *cries* what am i supposed to do with boxes!
- Who put the map on the back of The Declaration of Independence?
- People marrying for money seems to be a recurring theme in this class.
- I bought this Donald Trump shirt as a joke because I’m moving to New Zealand and I can watch the failure from outside the country, but I had to donate money to his campaign and it ended up costing me about $60.
- Is Pocahontas real?
- John Francis Fitzgerald is Edmund Fitzgerald’s grandpa.
- You know it, you love it, you smell it on the way to Chicago, that’s right kids, Gary, Indiana.
- Did Abraham Lincoln get shot because he revealed the location of The Book of Secrets?
- One time I saw Nicholas Cage at a parade and now we’re friends.
- The musket is a terrible weapon, Mel Gibson is a liar, and The Patriot is not a good movie.
- What do you mean New York City is on an Island?
- Someone on Tumblr sent me anon hate because I called Thomas Jefferson bae in the tags. (side note: I sent that person anon hate about Jefferson)
- Maybe Aaron Burr can shoot me instead so I don’t have to take the final.
- Can John D. Rockefeller pay for the textbook I may or may not have lost?
- Teacher: (describing an affair without saying they were fucking) They were getting to know each other in the biblical sense.
Student: What religion were they practicing?
- Student: Why isn’t Lincoln on any paper money?
Teacher: He’s traditionally on the five…
- The Americans won the Revolution because they hid in the woods… like squirrels…
- Mrs. Lincoln was a female dog.
- Folks, watching the John Green videos is not enough.
- When you graduate high school you will not remember anything from The Missouri Compromise. What you will remember is “Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa, Gone to the White House, Ha, Ha, Ha.”
- Here are the three presidents I would fight, in order: Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, and James Buchanan.
- And Hamilton was so pleased with himself that his bonds plan was being used yet again, so he rose from the dead, wrote a musical, and won a grammy
- If you’re..uh… sensitive.. leave now. *pulls out a copy of The Jungle*
- Student #1: He’s the richest man in the world! He sleeps on a bed of gold!
Student #2: Carson, are you telling me you don’t sleep on a bed of gold?
- Everyone from the Democratic Party wanted this nomination. Even William Jennings Bryan wanted it, and he’s dead.
- And then part of the tape was (air quotes) “ accidently” erased. *teacher aggresivley shakes his head*
- You will need to acquire, either by theft or by asking, a credit card to pay for the AP exam
- I just read an essay that compared the New Deal to Wilson’s actions during the Civil War. And it was one paragraph. Good luck on the AP everyone.
- Teacher: The AP is in 5 days. It’s time to panic.
Student: I thought it was time to panic 15 days ago.
Teacher: Some people didn’t get the message. Now it’s really time to panic.
- So is there like… a meal included in the $90 exam?
studied well but panics the last few minutes before an exam, slamming a textbook to the side of his head chanting random formulae
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doesn't sleep the night before bc of stress. walks to school robotically chanting his notes ("osmosis...process by which molecules tend to pass through a semipermeable...")and with life sucked out of his eyes
doesn't even turn up to the exam bc he forgot there was even one on
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"lol yeah me too i didn't study" tries to look cool but obviously has dark circles and lost 30% of his hair
that annoying kid that actually didn't study. finishes with 1 hour to spare and makes everyone anxious. still gets straight As
calm, collected, super fine. perfect. --is what everyone thinks. his blond hair conceals all the accumulated grey hairs
"studying is for nerds" and actually has notes all over his arms. cheats his way through and he's almost successful. in the final few minutes of the exam he raises his arm to go to the toilet and gets caught
the dragon dropped, claws sinking into the marble as though it was soap instead of solid rock. it dropped its head, lowering it until it was nearly touching the floor, a rumbling sound so much like a purr rolling from its throat and its wings lowered to the ground.