How to Thrive Through Exams

By: McKenzie Rumley, ’15

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year in which we all want to run in fear: Exam Cram Week! Now, before you begin to have a panic attack or decide to quit college, take a deep breath and remember that this isn’t the end of the world (close, but not quite!).  Here are some tips to help you out.

1) Tackle the harder subjects first

It’s very tempting to study what’s easiest, but think of this like ripping off a band-aid. As unpleasant as it is, it’s better to focus on what you don’t know first, so you have less mental pain later!

2) Organize your time

This one goes without saying, but it can’t hurt to be reminded. Set aside times to study and rest so as not to overwhelm yourself.

3) Study where you’re comfortable

Don’t just go to the library because everyone else does! If it’s too quiet, or too crowded, go where you’re comfortable. There’s always the Moose, your room, or even Bukowski Chapel!

4) Learn to love coffee

Okay, I’m biased on this one, but come on! Who doesn’t love a concentrated dose of high-octane caffeine?  If you think pop or energy drinks are legitimate productivity boosters, you need to stop. This is not middle school anymore. It’s time to drop the gameboy and join the world of adults! (Or, double fist your coffee and which case,we applaud your dexterous dedication).

5) Forget that time exists

Now this doesn’t mean forget when things are due or when your test is. When I suggest “forget that time exists,” I mean don’t even bother setting an alarm, because that means you have time for sleep. Sleep, however, is for the weak. Don’t be weak.

6) Say a Prayer

Let’s face it, you probably ignored all the tips and procrastinated on studying. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter were calling your name…and you caved. Log off Pinterest and start praying you pass with a C or better! Might I suggest Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Prayer for Students?
In all seriousness folks, just relax! It’ll be okay. May God be with us!


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