Welcome to exam week: here’s what you need to know


Organise your stuff the night before.

Organise your stuff the night before.

It’s here: exam week (*cue scary music*).

I can hear the screams of hundreds of stressed students. So I’m here to be the voice of reason – you can do this, and I’ve got some tips to help you succeed on exam day:

1. Organise your stuff
Get your ID card, pen, pencil, rubber, and calculator (if needed) out the night before. Lay your clothes out so you’re ready to go on exam morning. Who needs the stress of having to find a pair of clean pants when your exam starts in less than 30 minutes?

2. Get a good nights sleep
Hit the hay early! Fluff your pillow, snuggle your duvet and get some shut-eye. Research shows sleep loss produces poor academic performance. Avoid falling into this trap!

3. Suss out the exam location beforehand
Students often come to the library, five minutes before their exam starts, to get help to locate their room. Don’t let this be you. Check your timetable for details of where your exams are to be held on your campus. Use the room locations guide and campus map.

4. Have a good breakfast
Bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes and hash browns? Yes, please! There is a myriad of research linking a good breakfast to increased academic performance.

5. Remain positive
If it’s busy outside the exam location, avoid socialising with anyone who is panicking. You don’t want to pick up their stressful vibes.

6. Make your bladder gladder
Go to the toilet before the exam starts; you don’t want to waste valuable exam time taking a tinkle during the test.

7. Stay hydrated
Bring a bottle of water with you into the exam. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to have a sip of water and recentre.

8. Keep calm and carry on
When in the exam, focus on the answers you do know. If you don’t know an answer, skip it and come back to it later.

And remember: you’re on the home stretch. Though it may feel like this stress is never-ending, it’ll be over before you know it. Summer break is just around the corner.