College students are constantly preparing for events. And if you’re a college student, you’re still new to the adult world, so lots of things seem overwhelming right now.
But trust us, it gets easier!
One of the events you may be on high alert for most is exam season. When your exams are fast approaching, it’s hard to focus on anything else!
Preparation is crucial. But where to begin?
We have you covered. Follow these top five ways students can prepare better for exams, and you’ll be sure to ace your tests.
1. Start Early
Start your exam preparations as early as possible. It never helps to procrastinate when it comes to something as crucial as finals and midterms.
Some students believe that they fare better when they wait until the last possible second to prepare and study.
Let us dispel this myth right here: that is bogus!
It sounds nice and easy, but the easy approach rarely helps you stand out in any meaningful way in life. And the same goes for exams.
Avoid a last-minute cram session. Start learning the materials as soon as you can, ideally weeks before the exam date. That way, you can walk into that room confident about your grasp on the subjects at hand.
2. Plan a Study Session
When possible, plan a group study session leading up to the exam.
Ideally, you’ll want to form a study group with other students who take the exam as seriously as you do. Otherwise, you risk wasting valuable time teaching another student who hasn’t studied a thing.
Speaking of teaching …
It can also be beneficial to play professor with the other students in your study group. Again, this only really helps if you’re at roughly the same level.
Take turns “teaching” each other the course area you understand best. It can illuminate parts of the subject matter that were once confusing to you.
Additionally, ask your study group members to bring along their old exams and discuss what answers you got wrong. This, too, can deepen the group’s understanding of the material.
3. Try Alternative Approaches
There are a few alternative methods to prepare for exams better that have nothing to do with studying the course material. However, they can actually serve nearly as well.
Here are a few ideas to help you focus better for your exams:
- Exercise before studying. Exercising increases blood flow, including to the frontal lobe of the brain. It can help your brain retain information better when you study.
- If you’re over 18, try medical cannabis. Specific strains can improve your concentration levels.
- Eat well and drink plenty of water. You need proper sustenance and hydration to fuel your body and mind.
- Try breathing exercises to quell nerves. Meditation is a great way to shut out distractions and help you focus on the now.
4. Plan Every Move the Day of Exams
When you are preparing to take exams, odds are you have set a study schedule and have maintained it leading up to exam day or week.
But what about on the big day itself?
It’s essential to plan every moment of the day.
Get the ball rolling by answering these exam-day questions:
- What time will I wake up?
- Do I have something nutritious to prepare for breakfast?
- What time should I leave my home/apartment/dorm to get to class at a reasonable time?
- Do I have reliable transportation to the exam site?
- Do I have my bag at the ready with spare water and snacks at hand?
- Is there time before the exam for a quick refresh study session?
These are only the basic questions you need to consider. There may be more that pertain more specifically to yourself.
But once you realize you can answer these questions and feel confident about the day, then you’ve tied up every last loose end. When the day comes, you’ll be ready!
5. Stay Positive
No matter how well prepared you may feel, last-minute nerves are bound to strike. When they do, keep your head up and maintain a positive mindset.
Everyone else in that exam room is just as nervous as you. But they may not be as well prepared as you are.
Keep a positive mindset and know you did as much prep work as possible. And because of that hard work, you’re going to do amazingly well.
By following these five ways students can prepare for exams better, you’ll be fully equipped for exam day.
You’ll have the best mindset and your body will be nourished.
Exams may only roll around a couple of times a year, but if you prepare for them like this, they’ll never slow you down.