7 Steps to Set You up for Success During Exam Season
Danielle Clarke is a fourth-year journalism student with a minor in Spanish and a concurrent study in CTESL.
- Help your body help you
Yes, that means healthy foods. Give yourself some variety. You don’t have to avoid the chocolate bars and chips for good just remember everything in moderation. You deliver to your body and your body will deliver for you – keeping you more awake, alert and able to concentrate.
- Sleep on the reg
No, that doesn’t mean all day everyday. It means get in a routine – a sleep schedule of sorts. Go to bed, set an alarm and wake up on time. According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults should be sleeping 7-9 hours each night.
- Phone a friend
No, not literally – but remember that there are so many people and resources around campus who are there to help you if you’re stuck. The CSAS office has several workshops from exam prep to time management. The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), support students in several courses including mock exams. And don’t forget about your professors and TAs either!
- Know your exam schedule
It sounds simple but it’s true. Head on over to Carleton Central and look for myExam Schedule under Student Records to find the date, time and location of your exams. Knowing when your exams are helps you separate your workload, break your studying into chunks and avoids last minute cramming.
- Don’t be “sheeple”
Sometimes it’s easier to follow others and do what they’re doing. Say, if they’re not studying – then you shouldn’t have to either, right? Wrong. The truth is, everyone has different course requirements, exam schedules and personal ambitions. It’s important to plan your time according to your own personal schedule in order to reap the benefits.
- Designate “me” time
Exam season can be stressful; the best way to stay afloat is by being organized. Make a study schedule, stick to it and plan time for yourself. Whether it’s watching Netflix, socializing, doing yoga or simply nothing. It’s important to give your mind a break.
- Electronics, shmectronics
Our smart phones, laptops and computers are wonderful. They come in handy, and help us out in a pinch but when it comes to studying see if you can’t put them aside for a couple hours. Don’t get me wrong; there are very productive ways to use our devices but more often than not they’re distracting. So power them down, put them out of sight or use applications such as Forest (an anti-procrastination app), to help you stay focused.