For some lucky gals, school is already out for summer. For others, such as yours truly, the most stressful time of the semester is upon us : Finals. It’s no secret that the key to success is all about being organized and preparing for finals. However, coping with exams and staying motivated throughout the end of the semester, can be quite challenging especially when it’s beautiful outside. Personally, I tend to be a nervous wreck during finals, but I must say that always manage to survive and have always succeed pretty well. Here are 6 hacks that help me ace my exams:
1. Don’t keep everything last minute
Start by preparing yourself in advance by making yourself a study schedule. You will have a lot more time on your hands to study. This will also allow you to identify your weak spots in advance, which means you will have more time to work on those and which in turn means that you won’t have to bombard your classmates with useless questions (who also have to study BTW) the night before the exam.
2. Keep your cell phone / social media / Netflix far far away
Ok, in all fairness, I myself have a hard time with this one! Let’s be honest, with Instagram and Messenger notifications always popping up on our screens, we probably spend more time on our phone than in our books. Keep distractions away!
3. Change the study environment
Sometimes, all that it takes is to change location. Set up a studying session at a cute café or a library. In fact, I’ve recently discovered one of the nicest cafés I’ve ever been to : The Crew Collective Café. Located in a historical building in Old Montreal, the Crew has everything to offer from delicious coffees & treats to a great ambiance to study!
It’s been proven that exercising during exam periods can reduce stress and help boost your energy. I’m sold on this one! If that doesn’t help, sometimes a little afternoon nap can do wonders!
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5. Don’t study in bed
All you’ll want to do is fall back asleep 😉
6. Don’t pull all-nighters
If you’ve followed steps 1 through 5 above, you won’t need to stay up all night! It’s incredible the number of people that sleep only 3 to 4 hours the night before an exam. Being sleep deprived will only cause more stress, frustration and may even tamper with your memory.
7. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!
It’s really the only way to succeed.
Goodluck to all!