Finding the Best Approach to Exams
Reflecting back on my first year in college, I had no clue about studying for exams or similarly, how to take care of my body during these stressful times. Through earlier schooling, I had already recognized that during exams stress definitely takes a toll on one’s normal lifestyle. Finding happiness during exams can likewise be challenging. Therefore, I began looking to God for guidance. I also realized during this time that learning to be content with what I have helped me greatly. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state, I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
From the exam experience, the following the steps have been most helpful in my final performance.
- Drink lots and lots of water— I know coffee seems like the best solution but water will make you feel better in the long run. Also, with lots of caffeine throughout the day it can make it difficult to get a proper night’s sleep before your exam.
- Prepare healthy studying snacks—Sometimes we forget to eat when we are stressed but more importantly we forget to eat healthy which gives you the proper energy to keep studying.
- Wash your face morning and night—This simple act along with lots of water and proper eating habits will help prevent those terrible breakouts that young people experience when stressed.
From my own personal experience, I believe the first three steps should be incorporated with the following:
- Go to the review—I know it seems like a pointless class (when you could sleep in) but this is the time where teachers give you hints and guidance.
- Get Organized–Highlight and organize your notes in order. Having a chronological order allows you to go back through your notes multiple times and helps you recall information more easily.
- Take proper breaks–Breaks are important even if it’s going for a short walk. Why? Because a walk helps improve one’s focus plus it helps this same individual to procrastinate less!
- Have a study group– This may require being a little more preparation but from experience teaching a friend the material has helped me retain/understand a lot more of the content than studying alone. However, try not to study with more than four people or it becomes more of a distraction.
Let’s face it — exams are stressful — and everyone has their own way of doing things. Before every exam I always say a quick prayer. Remember that God is always there for you “Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Have you heard these tips before? What steps do you take when approaching exam?