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Is the exam season the most stressful part of school? Well, it doesn’t have to be. I’m about to give you some stress-free tips for passing your final exams. This can work for any exam. Finals, bi-weekly exams. Exams can be a stressful time. These tips are meant to help you take a load off.
This can make things less stressful for you.
Sometimes we need help there is nothing wrong with that. Exam season is around the corner so I’d hop on this now!
If you’re a Youtuber or a blogger, this advice is especially for you. Exams keep you MIA for a while, don’t they?
exam tip #1. Don’t Cram
Cramming is last-minute studying. Staying up all night to study. You will need your full 8 hours of sleep to be able to function. You are not giving your brain the fuel it needs when you cram. If you must get some studying in get up earlier or get to school earlier if you take the bus study on the bus. If you have to use your free periods to study then do that. Don’t ruin your chance with all-nighters.
Put together a little study guild to help you. You can rank it by which lesson gave you the most trouble.
Study what have you the most trouble throughout the term. Look at your test scores. Study what you got the lowest score(s) on. Ask your teacher for help. They won’t know unless you tell them. They can’t read your mind. For example, look at anything you got below a B on. Let’s say for history, the war chapters you got the lowest scores on, then study those more because you struggled the most on that. You did well on the empire chapters so just read that for a mini-review. Long story short. Study the chapters you got the lowest scores on and just treat what you did well on as a quick review to keep it fresh in your mind
You MUST eat something before your exam. Your brain needs all the fuel it can get!
Exam tip #2. Start Studying Early
Start studying early. Why study what you already know? Study what you don’t know. Break down your studying. One day study this, next day study that. And so one. Get what gave you the most trouble first and then treat what you know as a review. Just like I said in the first tip. Know the exam patterns. Let’s say your mid-terms are in March, start studying in early February. Allowing yourself enough time to cover everything will greatly reduce your stress.
If your finals are a week before Christmas then start studying at least a week before Thanksgiving.
For bi-weekly exams study little by little. Take notes in class.
Exam tip #3. Use Your Accommodations
If you have accommodations use them. I am speaking from experience on this one. I was ashamed of having accommodations and as a result of refusing them, I didn’t do well on my assignments. This was because I was already being bullied because I was different. If the kids caught wind I got “special treatment” it would have been hell for me. If I used my accommodations I would have done so much better. When I started using them I started doing so much better on my school work. What I should have done was emailed the teacher and asked if she addressed me for accommodations in private. Had I simply explained the rough year I had been bullied for something I never asked for, perhaps the teacher would have understood better. This brings me to another tip. Communicate with your teachers.
I made a video on this topic. I like having video versions and blog versions of my videos. Closed Captions are available on the video. Make sure you use the English titles. Don’t use the automatic subs. They suck.
Exam tip #4. Eat a balanced breakfast
Do you want to know what else can help you? Your brain food. Whenever my school had state standard testing, we were always told to eat a balanced breakfast. Do you want to know why they told us that? That brain food will help you focus better. Focusing on an empty stomach is difficult.
Plan what you are going to eat the night before.
Make your exams sessions stress-free with this simple tip. Making sure your body has enough fuel to get through the day is paramount. Think about the car you want to make sure your car has enough fuel so you can get places. Think of your body that way.
Exam tip #5 Make Studying Fun
These are the tips that helped take the load off of me. Something small like studying early will have you ahead of the curve. Save the notes you take in class, you can use that to put together a little study guild. Study with friends. Being autistic, reading the same paragraph over and over bored me to tears when I studied. I HATED studying because reading the same thing was SO boring. Study games engaged me and I wanted to keep playing and keep studying. Let’s say you like Mario, making some Mario study flashcards. If there is a song, game, Tv show that covers the plots regarding what you’re studying, use that. I’ve learned way more from TV shows, movies, games, etc than reading the same shit over and over in a book.
Studying doesn’t have to be painful, bore you to tears, be something you hate. Make it fun! You can study with friends. You can make your own rap song, poem, etc related to what the lessons are. That seems way more fun than reading the same shit over and over.
At the time I’, updating this, exams are around the corner. nows the time to start getting on it!