12/12/11 05:55:14 AM
Even though I’m free from all my extracurricular responsibilities I still have one big hurdle for this semester: I have exams. Of course, this situation isn’t as dire as it seems. My University, because it starts later than most, also ends the semester later. As in after Christmas. It’s kind of an odd system (but they’re changing it next year) and it means that I don’t even start with exams until I get back from Christmas break. This is nice for now since I don’t have to worry about them now, but during Christmas it certainly won’t be nice to spend the time I have back in my hometown studying for exams I have when I get back to the UK.
So I’ve come up with a solution for this problem. I’ve always been a proponent of gradual studying, of working a little bit every day before a test instead of cramming at the last second. Tests are stressful enough on their own because they force you to recall a lot of information in a short period of time so it just seems silly to add more stress to that situation by not only worrying about being able to quickly recall the information, but also quickly relearn it beforehand. Though it’s not fun and not cool it really is best to just bite the bullet and plan ahead. So when I have time I try to start studying and working on papers at least a week before they’re due. I’m going to do a slightly extended version of this for exams. I figure if I start studying now and refresh myself on what I learned during the semester and, most importantly, KEEP studying in small intervals over Christmas so I don’t lose it, I should be in a good place for my exams.
This is the plan anyways. Of course I know there will be the standard exam panic and brain frying before exams, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stick to this plan and alleviate some of the stress. For everyone back in the states, and perhaps here in the UK, who are going through exams right now I wish you the best of luck!