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How to study at home and write a final exam at home

Submitted by
Jasmyn Solberg

There's a lot of unusual circumstances that each of us are navigating through right now. For students, we know the idea of writing your final exam at your house isn't ideal. Even though we weren't expecting this, we want to make sure that you feel prepared and ready to tackle your exams so you can successfully finish off your semester! So, scroll down, and you'll find helpful tips and tricks to try out when you're studying at home, and when you're writing your final exam at home.

Tips for studying at home:

  1. Organize your study area so that you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Double-check that your chair is supportive, you have enough light, and you have drinking water nearby.
  2. Freshen up your study space with a new scent. Mint, lemon, jasmine, and rosemary can help with focus and staying sharp.
  3. Focus on eliminating distractions so you can keep studying for more extended periods. Try muting your phone or turning off app notifications, find a quiet area in your house, and turn off other screens like televisions or video games.
  4. Brighten things up with colour coding. Try creating a system that allows you to colour code material that's going to be on the exam by what's most important vs. less. You'll be able to focus on prioritizing essential information.
  5. Take care of yourself in a variety of ways. Engaging in physical activity will allow your brain to feel more active. Stay well-rested with a good night's sleep. Fuel your body by drinking water and staying hydrated, and choose nutritious foods to help keep your body and brain well-fueled.
  6. Eliminate burnout by pacing yourself. To avoid staying up late and studying all night, try starting earlier and create a study schedule to follow throughout the day. Make sure you take breaks so you can relax and recharge.

Tips for writing a final exam at home:

The night before:

  1. Know your exam schedule by double-checking what time your exam is on TheLoop. Add your exam time into the calendar of your phone and set a notification reminder so you'll be alerted before your exam starts.
  2. Organize and prep your exam space; this will help to make sure you have a comfortable space to write in. Remove any unnecessary items, and gather any supplies you may need, such as a lamp, pencils, pens, paper, calculator, clock, water, snacks, chargers, etc.
  3. Depending on what time your exam takes place, plan and think of what you're going to eat for breakfast and lunch, so your brain and body are well-fueled.
  4. If you have roommates or family members that you live with, let them know when your exam times are to lessen any interruptions or distractions.
  5. Get sufficient sleep the night before. You'll want to make sure you are well-rested, so go to bed earlier.

The day of:

  1. Wake up early and make sure your brain and body are well-fueled with water and nutritious food.
  2. Relax and stay calm. If you're feeling nervous, try focusing on your breathing to slow it down.
  3. Go through your summary notes in your mind once. Reviewing your notes once will help to remind you of what you already know.
  4. Double-check that your technology is working before the exam time, which includes your WiFi and making sure your computer is charged.
  5. Get settled into your space early, before your exam starts. Make note if you're missing any items or supplies.
  6. Trust yourself. Remind yourself that you're already prepared for this exam and let your nerves settle. All you can do at this moment is to trust yourself and do your best in the exam!

That's it! We know you're going to do awesome while writing your final exams. If you have any helpful tips and tricks to studying at home, and writing an exam at home, leave them in the comments below. 


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