It’s that time of the year again, finals, exams, essays. How do you prepare? I’m sharing my ten steps to be prepared and avoiding a nervous breakdown on the big day…
I can’t remember how much I have shared of my student life. I don’t think it’s much, but we’ll get to that later. What I do want to share with you is how I prepare for my exams. And believe me, I’ve had a lot of them!
1: Before the school year starts I’m always eager to get started. And I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like being behind. So I check what books I need, buy them and mark out what chapters or parts of the books I need to read.
2: Always read on the back first! That way you have more of an idea of what comes in the book.
3: The first time I read a book I read it fast. To be honest it’s just to make sure I have been through it all in case I run out of time too fast.
4: At this stage I read it more thorough. I use a highlighter and take notes as I go. Because I’ve already been through the book I have an idea of what’s important.
5: Take a break! A while before the day of the exam I put the books away and pretend they don’t exist anymore.
6: Find your notes! A few days before the exam I go through my notes and make sure I know them. If you made good notes, this is gold.
7: Relax. I have seen so many people panic the day before the exam. They can’t sleep, they can’t eat and they bury their heads in the books. You can’t remember it all, and in my experience it just confuses you. Don’t think about it at all. What you haven’t learnt already, you will probably not learn today either.
8: The morning of the exam I always wake up long before I need to. Not because I can’t sleep, but because I don’t need stress on this day. I take my time with my morning routine. And don’t forget to bring food, sweets, drinks, extra pens and anything else you might need. I find sugar boosts helpful.
9: Bring your notes! No, you can’t use them inside, but if you reach a point where you think you forgot something, you can easily check before going in.
10: You walk into the room and freak out? I don’t. I have probably spent the last 24 hours convincing myself that I can do this. And honestly, what’s the worst that can happen? Ask yourself that when you get nervous. The answer is simple, you just have to try again. And imagine how well you know the subject by then.
Right now I’m studying International Relations at the university. Very interesting, but also very difficult. I’m lucky, because most of the exams are over the internet, which means I can do them from home.
So this morning it was on! 29 hours to put together something great about the european security policy and how it’s affected by the conflict between Russia and Ucraine. And I did it! I followed my ten steps and pulled it off, even way before due. I’m very proud of myself. I’m still gonna go through it again in the morning before delivering, but I’m happy with my work.
And because I don’t have to spend the day tomorrow continuing with my exam, I’m treating myself with a visit to my beautiful hairdresser Cristina!
Good luck with your exam!