Getting Through Exams

Kasey Enokson, Staff Writer

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Hey Mac! I’m here to be the annoying voice in your head reminding you that exams that are here in a few days and it’s probably time to start studying. So with our exam break starting on Tuesday, let’s discuss how to utilize the break to the best of our abilities.

1. Make a study schedule

Right now, I’m guessing that the majority of us are just thinking about all the things we have to do and stressing out. Making a little exam study schedule can help to ease the stress of studying and help you to keep track of what you have studied and what you still need to study.

2. Leave some time for yourself

I know, I know. Crazy, right?!?! Time for ourselves?? What a foreign concept to Mac kids. But just hear me out. Leaving some time for yourself is super important to keep you level-headed and calm for exams. If you’re constantly studying, you’re going to burn yourself out and make matters worse. So find some balance; go out with friends, read a book, binge-watch “Making A Murderer” on Netflix; the choices are endless!

3. Get lots of sleep

Pretty basic but super important. Getting a solid 8 hours every night will help you to focus on your studies, and you will feel well-rested and ready walking into that exam.

4. Study with friends

This helps as long as you know that you will actually study instead of, well, not studying. You can ask questions that you need help with, and you can just enjoy being with your friends as a nice little break from studying at home.

The Night Before

Okay, so now that you know how to use the time before your exam, let’s talk about the do’s and don’ts for the night before the big test.

Do’s:
○Review your notes (not too intensely)
○Go to sleep ON TIME; a good night’s sleep is the key to success!
○Prepare your bag and materials the night before, so that you’re not freaking out the morning of.
○Go for a walk or take a bath to relax your mind! Everything will be okay!

Don’ts:
○Do not cram! Cramming will only stress you out more!
○Do not pull an all-nighter. It seems like a good idea until you fall asleep during your exam.
○DO NOT FREAK OUT! You are prepared for this and you can do it. We believe in you.

The Day of

All right, so it’s the day of the exam. Don’t stress; I’ve got some tips for you.

1. Wake up early

Waking up early will give you enough time to get a good breakfast and arrive at school without stressing about being late and missing the exam.

2. Do not cram

Cramming the morning of is not a good idea. You definitely do not learn anything new, and it makes you second-guess yourself.

3. Avoid and avoid some more

Don’t hang around people who are freaking out about the exam; it’s only going to make you more nervous. Instead, politely tell them you’re going to the bathroom and then never come back.

4. Relax

You’re as prepared as you can be and you have done all that you can do. Take a few deep breaths and focus on what you’re going to do after the test. (Sleep? Study more? Watch “Making a Murderer”?)

When given the test

Approach this like any other test. Do the questions that you are sure of, and then do the ones that you aren’t as sure of. Read the questions carefully, and if you go blank, keep moving. Don’t worry if others finish before you; use the time you have and check everything over. Unless you know something is completely wrong, don’t change your answer. Be aware of your time and remember to pace yourself accordingly.

Omg it’s over

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You finished all your finals and you are now officially done semester 1! Reward yourself, enjoy the rest of your exam break and get ready for the second semester!

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