My 7 Steps to a Better Exam Experience



The last weeks around here have been quiet on the blog front, and that is because they have been decidedly NOT quiet on the exam front.

As a self-declared professional student, I have developed a few exam routines that work for me.  Some of the things that have helped me along the way are:

  • Treat the day before the exam as a review day, or worst case scenario, a last-chance-to-work-out-whatever-you-don't-get-day.  This is probably a given for most people, but for Younger Me, it most certainly was not. (Heck, even current me gets stuck learning things the day before an exam). However, I find that more often than not, I will not remember anything learned the day before, unless of course I already somewhat had a good understanding of the information.
  • Don't stay up all night the night before the exam.  It can be tempting to try to get *everything* down in the last few hours.  In my experience, however, I have found that nothing beats a good night's sleep.  In fact, I once took an exam on low sleep and forgot all the formulas I needed for the test.  I actually have to retake said exam before Christmas this year (fun fact: I remember the formulas now, a year later, but for some reason *cough lack of sleep cough* everything went blank that fateful exam day in 2015).
  • Get up earlier than I need to.  I am not. A. Morning. Person. At. All.  So, it is only natural that I am not firing on all my cylinders until after I have been awake for a few hours and am properly caffeinated. Therefore, on exam day, I always get up at 5:30, even though I don't normally leave my house until 08:00.  This allows me to be properly "awake" by the time I need to focus. 
  • Instead of rolling up in sweats and messy hair, I get ready--at least a little.  Of course, a lot of the time I truly cannot be bothered to do full hair and makeup unless I absolutely *have* to or am doing something fun.  But for exam day, I usually feel more awake and more focused if I at least do a bit of concealer and my eyebrows, plus some kind of easy yet put together hair style. At least making a little effort makes me feel a bit more awake and prepared.
  • Weather permitting, I walk to school.  I am lucky in that I live walking distance to my school.  But I find that a brisk walk pre-exam time helps to both clear my head and help me focus if I am still feeling groggy.  
  • Bring a snack.  I like to bring a banana, bag of almonds, and plenty of water.  If I am particularly stressed, I treat myself to my favorite flavor of sparkling water just to put me in a better mood. I also try to bring green tea instead of coffee because I feel like coffee just makes me wired, while green tea gives me a boost that helps me focus without getting too jittery.  Pretty much the whole routine is all about making myself as comfortable and happy as possible so I can focus on the exam material without distraction.
  • Just try your best.  It also helps that in Norway, you have three tries to get the grade you want on an exam.  So, if I am feeling particularly nervous, I just tell myself that if worst comes to worst, I will just retake the exam.
So, fellow students, what are your exam-day routines?

6 comments :

  1. I have my last exam tomorrow - I'm really not looking forward haha.

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    1. ooo I know the feeling!! Hope it went well!
      Natassja

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  2. Soo glad I just finished with school forever, tbh. LOL these are great tips tho :)

    Enclothed Cognition

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    1. hehe I don't blame you...one more year and that will be me!
      Natassja

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  3. So true!! It took me back to my exam days xx

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    1. I can't wait until I can say the same words myself:P

      Thanks so much for reading!
      Natassja

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