How to Mentally Prepare for Exam Sessions

preparing for an exam

The exam session is slowly creeping up on us…
It’s that time of the year again when all our hard work from the semester will be put to the test. Our thoughts are preoccupied, it’s preventing us from getting a good night sleep, we have so much to read but so little time! Any slip up and there might be consequences! But hey, don’t let that bum you out. We’ve taken our time to list out some tips that are sure to assist you in preparing for the exam session. Click here to check them out. 

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. There’s panic in the air, mountains of textbooks are piling on top of our table, several unwashed coffee mugs, pizza boxes are laying on the ground. The usual 8 hours of sleep seems like nothing more than a myth now. If you’re a student just like me it’s safe to say that we both agree on one fact: this is the period that brings the most stress in college students’ life! However, this is also not the time to panic. Panicking never helps. Neither is waiting until the last minute to pick up a book and finally start studying. Although some students may have mastered the widespread art of cramming at the last minute, not everyone can thrive using such a method. But hey, don’t sweat it! We’ve taken our time to list out some tips we’re sure are bound to motivate and assist you in preparing for the exam session. So kick back, relax, and start studying!

Confirm the Details

Before the start of any exam session, the timetable is always available and easily accessible. Some colleges choose to arrange exam dates in such a way that they give certain gaps before the exam so that students have the time to prepare for it. Meanwhile, in other colleges exams might be scheduled to take place daily. Don’t wait until the last minute in order to know what exam you’re gonna have, when and where it will take place. If the timetable happens to be unavailable, ask your classmates, teachers, anyone! Just don’t stay clueless because scrambling to find this information as the exam draws near will only increase your nervousness and make things worse.

You Gotta have a Plan

Okay so now you know when your exams are scheduled. Having that at the back of your mind, you need to draw a timetable of your own. Don’t forget to buy or rent all the necessary exam prep materials and study guides: these textbooks are never a waste of money. These books not only provide you with essential topics for an exam and “check yourself” quizzes, but a nice study plan is often suggested. You can implement it as you find it in your CPA exam textbooks, for example, or modify to fit your schedule and learning styles.

This will also help sort out your time management. Plan an estimate of how many hours in a day you’re willing to dedicate to studying. Some students can go four hours in a row, some can even pull off an all-nighter, but that doesn’t mean you should do the same. Everyone’s different and has a certain method of learning from textbooks that suits them very well. If you’re not used to studying at all then it might be a bit difficult to get into the habit, that’s why it’s advised to start little by little. For instance, you could dedicate 45 minutes of your time to studying once a day, and then as time goes by you should try adding a few more minutes to it. Before you know it you’re already studying for 2 hours in a row. Don’t hesitate to keep adding more minutes (even hours) to your study time. The process of studying goes a lot faster and effectively if you’re dedicated to it, focus on your work, and avoid procrastination.

Sleep is very essential

One does not simply underestimate the importance of sleep, especially during exam sessions. Sadly, this is something we students don’t tend to take seriously. Everyone is too preoccupied trying to study as much as they can that they basically forget to listen to their body. It’s a known fact that fatigued brains don’t retain information, nor do they recall information at all. You would pretty much be wasting your time trying to study while you’re feeling sleepy. One of the effective ways of boosting your preparation for the exam is to adhere to a reasonable sleep schedule. Don’t deny yourself of it by sticking to an all coffee diet or trying to pull off an all-nighter. After waking up you’re bound to feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready to continue studying from where you left off.

Organize study groups with friends

Nothing beats studying together in a group, especially when you’re with that group of people you feel comfortable with. Studying together has proved to be more effective than studying alone. When you study with people you have the possibility of exchanging ideas and also gaining new ones. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. Also, by explaining an answer to them, it makes your knowledge even clearer in your head as well as highlights the areas you need more work in. As long as you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, studying in a group can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

Last but not least, stay positive!

Positivity is the key! Keep in mind that exam sessions don’t last long. As long as you study to the best of your abilities you will be fine and this shall pass. It’ll be over soon and you’ll be able to finally kick back, relax, and enjoy the summer. Having these warm positive thoughts in mind are bound to help see you through the session. Good luck!