Varsity exams are the ultimate challenge - especially at the end of year and even more so since we’re in the middle of a pandemic. The good news is that even if you’ve only got 3 weeks to go before your varsity exams, you can still ace them. Ready to learn how? Just follow this guide!
3 Weeks to go
If you’re just starting to prepare for your exams, don’t dive straight into it- take some time to gather information and create a plan of action. Speak to your lecturers and tutors to find out which sections you need to focus on. Attend all your lectures so that you can take advantage of the exam time tips they often share.
Next, it’s time to create your study timetable. Remember to prioritise your tasks based on which exam is when, how much material you need to study for each and whether or not you need any extra help. Also factor in any other assignment due dates you’ve got coming up, as well as any events you’ll be attending. Don’t make your schedule jam-packed. Allow for breaks, time off and breathing room whenever possible.
Once you’ve got your plan, stick to it for the next 3 weeks, and you can’t go wrong.
2 Weeks to go
It’s time to mobilise yourself and start studying. Follow the time table you’ve created for yourself daily. This is the procrastination danger zone, so if you’re feeling the temptation, check out this article and kick your procrastination habits to the curb. It’s important to take care of your body by getting enough rest and exercise.
Any practical subjects and skills should be practiced this week (eg. essay writing, statistics, calculations, etc.). Create study notes along the way, where you highlight key points and concepts. One great way to memorise keywords and definitions is by using flash cards, or sticking your study notes up on your wall- somewhere where you’ll see them every day.
1 Week to go
By now, you should be familiar with all of your study material and simply focus on memorising and practicing. Get a friend or family member to help you study. They can quiz you, or you can “teach” them about what you’re studying. Practice by using past papers or sample questions- you can usually find these in your resources pack for each unit or module, or by asking your lecturer/tutor.
The night before
By this stage, you should be ready for your exam- yes, that means no cramming. You can read over your notes, but at this point you shouldn’t be forcing your brain to retain any new information. Need some more convincing? Here’s why studying the night before is a bad idea.
If you’re nervous about your exam, do something to relax such as taking a bath, reading a book, meditation or some yoga. Avoid drinking caffeine during this time, and put away your devices so your mind can wind down and you can get some quality sleep.
We hear you, and we know it’s been a hectic year- but trust us when we say that you can ace your final varsity exams! You owe it to your future self to give these exams your all, so get started. Good luck!