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With three weeks left in the term, it’s time to start thinking “exam prep”!

By Caleigh Treissman, 4th-year Psychology student

April (and exam season) might feel far off in the distance right now, but here’s a secret to help you rock those final exams: get organized early!

Final exam prep can look a little different for everybody, but here are some tips and tricks to get you started:

Get organized

Getting organized is a crucial step to acing those final exams. You should gather all the information you will need to prepare for your exam and make sure it is in a format that you can review and clearly read/understand.

Treat your syllabus like a checklist: Do you have notes for every lecture? Have you done all your readings?

If there is something you’re missing, go get it!

Plan the work, work the plan

Make a study schedule early so that you can fit in all the studying you will need to do, and still have time to take care of yourself during exams.

Make sure you are getting in the hours for each course that you need, with some flex time in case something unexpected comes up.

Schedule in time for yourself: shower, eat, exercise and de-stress! Making the time for yourself will only help you succeed.

Get down to it

Final exams can be a stressful experience, but by planning ahead and getting organized you will be in a great position to do well!

Don’t overwhelm yourself: Don’t spend all day in Stauffer working on one subject! Mix up your subjects and study spots; it will help you feel more refreshed each time you sit down to study.

Reward yourself! What are your favourite treats or relaxation activities?

Try some group study. We recommend studying with a group about 25% of the time!

Use your resources: TAs, your professors and the PLAs all want you to succeed! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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