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Exam week: your survival guide

 

It’s exam week here at PUIC. The bad news? It can be seriously stressful. The good news? It doesn’t have to be! Follow our academic survival tips and you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about…

Check the details and arrive on time
Make sure you know when and where your exams are – don’t rely on friends to tell you where you need to be. Arrive at least 20 minutes before the paper is due to start. This might sound like a no-brainer, but if you are more than 30 minutes late, you will not be allowed to enter the exam and will automatically score 0%.

Eat well, sleep well
It’s tempting to pull an all-nighter and cram, but tired brains don’t retain information, so it’s important to get the recommended 7-9 hours of shut eye. Try and make healthy food choices that are high in protein. Sugary convenience foods will cause you to crash and burn during your exams.

Social media: beware the #distraction
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat make it easy to procrastinate when you should be focusing on last-minute revision. While it might not be realistic to steer clear of social media for a whole week, muting notifications and only checking channels as a reward during study breaks will help you get the most out of your final preparation.

Take your time
Don’t rush and leave the exam early! Give yourself time to write clearly, check over your answers and spend more time on the questions that will get you more marks. These are usually towards the end of the paper.

Good luck! And don’t forget that you can drop into Student Services for advice and guidance if you need it.