It is that time of year again. Courses are winding down and students are buckling down to study for their exams. Some students may experience different levels of stress or anxiety around exam time. While a certain level of anxiety can help you to perform, higher levels that are accompanied by worry and self-doubt can result in poorer test results. We hope that the following tips and suggestions can help to alleviate some of the stress around exam season.
- Take care of yourself. You will not perform as well if you do not take care of your body and mind. Make sure to eat well, sleep and exercise. Study breaks are important, and going for a walk or meditating can give your brain a break and rejuvenate you.
- Study strategically. Start reviewing your class notes and study notes earlier rather than later. Use active reading strategies, such as asking yourself questions as you read through the material and make flowcharts and diagrams that will help you better understand and remember the material. Remember, you can always ask fellow students who have already gone through the experience for help and advice. You may even find students who are willing to tutor. Instructors are happy to offer tutoring sessions as well. For those of you who are studying for the Registration exam, we offer a free Mock Registration Exam Prep Program to help you prepare.
- Communicate. Let your friends and family know that you will be studying for exams so that they are aware. Book an appointment to speak with a counsellor or psychologist to help you with your exam anxiety, if necessary. Ensure that any accommodations you need during exams are in place for you ahead of time.
- Foster a positive attitude. Do not define yourself by your results, and do not let negative thoughts overwhelm or overpower you. You can do this!
We would like to wish all of our students well during exams. Don’t forget to collect the materials you will need and check the location and time of your exam. We’d wish you good luck, but after all of your studying and preparation, you won’t need it!
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