11 tips to help you survive your final exams

Final exams: they’re inevitable. For so long they are marked on your calendar and you think they’re a lifetime away, until they’re not. Well, we’re here to let you know that they creeped up quicker than we all thought. To help you survive your final exams, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks.

The night before:

1. Know your exam schedule. Your exam schedule is listed on the homepage of TheLoop. Double-check the time you are writing and where you are writing. Tip: Add the info of each exam into the calendar on your phone, and set a notification a few hours before you’ll be writing so there will be no confusion on when and where you’ll be writing.

2. Gather your supplies. This one’s great and will help eliminate the hectic-rushing-around-the-house-looking-for-things-the-day-of-your-exam. Make a list of anything you’ll need while you’re writing your exam, gather it all together and put it by the door so when you do need to leave the house the next day, everything is right there waiting for you!

3. Food = fuel. Depending on what time your exam takes place, plan ahead and think of what you’re going to eat for breakfast and lunch. Bonus points if you can prepare it the night before! Tip: Pack some extra snacks and water with you.

4. Sleep is key. Relax, and get sufficient sleep the night before – don’t pull an all-nighter! You’ll want to make sure you are well rested.

5. Set an alarm. Or two, or three. The line of, “my alarm never went off”, is one you don’t want to have to say the day you write your exam. Plan to wake up with enough time so you’re not rushed getting out of the door.

The morning before:

1. Boost your confidence and think positively. You’re prepared for this moment and you totally got this! Go in and show that exam who's the boss.

2. Go through your summary notes in your mind once. Going over your notes once will help to remind you of what you already know.

3.  Relax, and calm down. If you’re feeling nervous, try focusing on your breathing and slow it down.

When you arrive:

1. Arrive early, but not too early. Give yourself some time to settle down in the exam venue. Find a spot on campus where you feel comfortable, take a moment to yourself, and focus on your own preparation.

2. Avoid getting distracted by others. Sometimes the hallways can get busy as other students are waiting to write their exams. Moving to a less busy area on campus can help so you’re not distracted.

3. Trust yourself. Tell yourself that you have already prepared well for this exam and let your nerves settle. All you can do in this moment is trust yourself and just do your best in the exam! 

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