By: Julia Tighe, 3rd year Con-Ed/Health Studies student
I’m not going to deny it, this is a difficult time for university students. Week 4 readings are coming back to bite you, final exams are looming, and assignments are real. Very real. Regardless which program you’re in, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the sun is staying out longer every day.
NOW…I’m going to make TWO bets with you:
- I bet that you will be able to do all 5 things I list in this blog.
- I bet that you will sing along to at least one of the songs its aligned with.
Don’t believe me? Read on to prove me wrong 😉
NUMBER 1: Break Free by Ariana Grande
~ TAKE BREAKS ~
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been at Stauffer all day long, and some days all night long. Take wisdom from me: THIS DOESN’T HELP. At hour 3 of studying, my brain goes to mush and a break is needed. Number one thing YOU CAN do this exam season is take breaks while studying. Not only will it allow your brain a break, it will actually help you consolidate all the information you have been learning!
NUMBER 2: Slow and Steady by Of Monsters and Men
! PACE YOURSELF !
Exams are a marathon not a sprint. By planning out your exam season it allows you to p a c e y o u r s e l f. We definitely do not want any exam to sneak up on you like those multiple 4-pieces from Lazy. What some people forget is that scheduling time to go to the gym or to FaceTime your dog is an important aspect to your exam success as well. The BEST template to create a plan for yourself can be found here.
NUMBER 3: All Star by Smash Mouth
< FACE YOUR COURSES HEAD ON >
One of my favorite exam study tricks is to eat a frog for breakfast. Eat a WHAT you ask? No, I’m not recommending you eat a real live frog – however, I am recommending you do your scariest most dreadful course first thing in your study day. By getting the worst thing out of the way first, the rest of the day will be super smooth. A super smooth day means a less stressful one too. Just remember when you’re facing your dreaded course head on, hey now, you’re an ALL STAR.
NUMBER 4: Human by One Republic
— REMEMBER, you’re only human —
The final step to your exam season success is to be calm. You have done an amazing job preparing and will rock your exams! Remember your growth mindset as well while working – you may not be rocking every step of the exam process from the get go but you will get there! You’re only human. Watch a TED talk on the growth mind set here.
NUMBER 5: And Then Some by the Arkells
~-~ Take Care of YOU ~-~
For me, FaceTime-ing my sister during exam season is just what I need in times that I’m feeling down. It is just as important to stay on track academically as it is to keep a normal routine. Listening to your favourite song, keeping physically active, eating healthy foods, and laughing as often as possible will all keep your brain fresh for absorbing information to apply on your exams.
I know you are going to rock your exams this season, because you took the time to get prepared! You are one step ahead of the exam game. Remember you are not your grades, you are way more than that. A successful exam season doesn’t mean straight A’s, your wellbeing is important as well. You can do this!
If you are looking for even more resources or tips and tricks from other Peer Learning Assistants check out sass.queensu.ca! There are so many incredible peers who want to help you succeed.
Now, did I win the bet?
Photo courtesy of Kroszk@ under Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license 2.0.