Updated: May 22
It’s that time of the semester again. Finals and submission deadlines are just around the corner. *cries* As we all start confining ourselves to our desks and fighting away the many distractions, here are 6 tips that will help you prepare more effectively for the upcoming examinations.
1. START EARLY
Many of us are probably guilty of leaving our revision to the very last minute. Instead of finding excuses, prepare early. We often underestimate the time window we need in settling down before getting into the zone. Starting early will also allow reaching out to your lecturers to clarify your doubts, as well as giving yourself time to make mistakes. What are you waiting for? Gather and organise all the materials you need for this battle – textbooks, seniors' notes, lecture slides, past-year exam papers!
2. IGNORANCE IS (NOT) BLISS
Burying your heads thoroughly into studying is one thing, but making sure you're clear of what to expect is another. Especially in the current COVID-19 situation, there have been many changes in most of our assessments. Make sure you are clear of the new formats or any revised dates. This would definitely help in your preparation. Here's a list of questions you should know the answers to:
Online exams: What type of exam will it be?
Is there a time limit? Is there a window period?
Will my exam be supervised? Over what platform, Zoom?
Did the exam change to be an assignment? Video presentation? Performance-based exam?
What can be used in my exam? Notes, other resources?
What is considered as violating the Academic Integrity and Student Misconduct?
What kind of IT support and other arrangements are there? (alternative examinations, COVID-19 support)
Will the system allow me to visit old questions?
Here are some guidelines and information for the upcoming examinations:
3. REPLENISHING YOUR SNACK STASH
To those who gain a few pounds each time the exam period draws near, totally relatable. As you start stocking up on your snack stash that will get you through the late nights, opt for healthier ones! Binge-eating on unhealthy snacks such as potato chips together with an irregular sleeping schedule can easily cost you the flu-bug the next day. Avoiding snacks that are carb-heavy can also prevent food comas, something all of us definitely cannot afford now. If stress-eating is in your blood, click here to find out what food can help alleviate stress and anxiety.
4. SELF, FIRST
Don't forget to care for yourself and your body. Get sufficient sleep, eat well, and squeeze in a short exercise in between! Not only will doing these minimise anxiety and stress levels, it will also keep your body in its prime condition. Nothing is more important than your physical and mental health. Keep a positive mind, breathe, and just try your best! Don't let your failures faze you. Find out what works best for your soul, be it a walk to woolies, or even a quick bake. Taking breaks in between is also important, and can actually help increase productivity levels too. If you find yourself struggling with exceeding time allocated for breaks, here are some productivity mobile apps that will help keep you in track:
Flora (plants a tree every time you put your phone aside, using your phone will kill the tree)
Flipd (allows you and your friends to join community boards, staying productive together)
Downtime (restricts usage on your phone)
App Limits (restricts time spent on particular apps)
When you end up on Netflix or your favourite shopping sites on your laptop:
Stayfocused (google-chrome extension, sets time-limits on certain sites)
LeechBlock (available on chrome and firefox, blocks access to certain sites)
Click here for other google-chrome extensions on productivity.
6. PLAN YOUR STUDY SCHEDULE WISELY
Instead of preparing for your first paper first, start from the last. Many times we underestimate the amount of time we take in our revision, causing us to spend too much time on our first paper and having not enough for the later papers. Plan out your time wisely, and remember to leave hours or a day in-between for days when productivity just can't flow.
Do check out the various universities' study support resources, they may end up being of great help.
University of Melbourne (tips on academic writing, time management and more)
Monash University (tips on revision strategies, studying effectively and more)
RMIT (free revision planning resources, softwares and more)
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If you have any questions, you can reach out to us on our Facebook or Instagram, and we would love to chat with you. All in all, remember that your best is enough, and don't be afraid of seeking help when in doubt. Study hard, fellow Singaporeans!
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
by GERMAINE YAP • edited by KIMBERLY PANG
As an editor for Singaporeans of Victoria, Germaine wishes to give prospective and future students a sneak peek to what life in Melbourne would be like as a Singaporean. Studying Commerce at The University of Melbourne, she loves to take walks and has a secret (but now not so secret) goal to conquer all the parks around Melbourne.