When the semester starts off you begin to get homework, maybe some quizzes, and other assignments… But the most nervous feeling of the new semester is when you start having exams for all of your classes and, sometimes, they all begin the same week! This can be a lot to be worried about especially because most students do not know what to expect for the first exam and they are usually a big part of your final grade! If you’ve had the teacher before than you might feel more prepared because you know their teaching style, but, for most of us taking new professors, we don’t know what to expect! Will it be difficult or will it be a breeze? Juggling all of your other assignments and starting to study for these exams can be quite stressful. But don’t fret! Here are a few tips for those of you who are stressing out about exams!
- Make time for studying! I know things can get hectic with multiple things to get finished… Believe me, I’ve been there! But make sure to set aside time for studying for that exam that you really need to catch up on and review the material you have gone over so far. And, for most of us, this will be for multiple classes! You don’t have time for everything, especially the tasks that are meaningless, like my next tip!
- Skip watching Netflix or going to a party! Buckle down to your desk and get studying! Of course, there are plenty of things you’d rather be doing than studying for an exam, but these are priorities, especially when an exam is so detrimental to your overall grade for a class! As much as you don’t want to, find your study spot and get to work! Leaving studying to the last minute is not a great idea AT ALL!
- DO NOT pull an “all nighter”! Sometimes there are days that you’ll have to cram for an exam and pull the famous college “all nighter” (I don’t know of any college student that hasn’t attempted to do one of these!). However, if you know that an exam is coming up, start studying beforehand so you can avoid doing this! Occasionally these can help, but getting studying and preparing for an exam done early, and getting to sleep the night before an exam will get you WAY more prepared for your big test! Procrastination is NEVER a good idea!
- Keep a positive attitude and ask for help! If you’re telling yourself that no matter how much you study you will still do bad on an exam, this is only setting you up for failure! If you complain that you don’t understand anything, GET HELP! There are so many people that are willing to help you to success! Your classmates don’t mind helping you understand something because, in the end, it helps them too because they are reviewing the material for the test as well. Go to your professor’s office hours! Nobody knows more than the actual person running the class, so ask them for help if you’re not getting something in class! Visit a tutor! A lot of universities offer free tutors to students for multiple class types, so take advantage of it because those tutors have already taken the class and know the best ways to get through it!
- Be prepared! Come to class ready to go with all of your materials to take your test, including your knowledge!
With these tips, there is a sure way to succeeding on that first exam for all of your classes! Stay motivated throughout the semester and the good grades and high GPA will flood your transcript! If you have any questions or anything you may think I left, feel free to comment below!