What to do on the day of your university exams – aside from panic, that’s a given. Well you’re here, you made it through the semester, did that mortifying speech, scraped a pass in that assignment (after pulling an all-nighter) and managed to avoid murdering your peers in that group assignment. Congratulations, go you!
You (you awesome thing you!) even managed to get some studying done before the exam! Killing it! Now you just have to actually go and do the exam. Here are some pro university exam completion tips – from a seasoned university veteran.
- Locate exam room: ensure that you find the exam room location BEFORE the day of the exam – so you have one less thing to stress about on the day.
- Arrive early! All exams begin at the exact designated time – so you must arrive at least 30 minutes early so that you have time to a) find the exam room, b) find the right seat (multiple exams for different units are often done in the same venue) and c) set up your desk.
- Pre-pack exam items: pre-pack all the items you need the night before – clear plastic pencil case (or a plastic sleeve), student card, pens, pencils, highlighters, white-out, ruler, eraser, sharpener, water bottle, tissues (just incase).
- Dress comfortably: exams are 2-3 hours long, so make sure you wear comfortable clothes. Don’t forget your lucky top/shoes/undies they help too.
- Skim read the exam: flip through the pages and look over the questions, pick out the questions you know best and complete those first.
- Plan our your time: set yourself a time limit for each section (multiple choice, short answer, essay etc.) so that you have time to work on each one.
- Relax – you know the answer: you’ve studied it, you know it. Relax your mind, focus on the topic and allow the information to come to you, it’s in your head.
- Eat: before the exam, don’t want to be hungry in there.
- Breathe: don’t forget to breathe people. Deep breaths, keep writing, you got this!