Find a method that works best for you. What works for one class may not work best for you in another class.
If you are struggling with studying for exams, reach out to your professor, tutors, or the Assistant Dean in your school.
How to study for different types of tests:
Objective Test (Multiple Choice or True/False)
Subjective/ Essay Test
Some tools/methods to try:
Resources at Fairfield University
Prepare in advance so your brain and confidence have time to strengthen with the material
The more days you study ahead of the exam, the less pressure you need to exert on yourself at one time.
Splitting up your study responsibilities over multiple days allows your brain time to process the information.
Come up with a positive, self-motivating statement
A simple phrase that makes you feel good about yourself and encourage yourself can help you get through moments of doubt or panic during an exam. Instead of thinking negatively when you aren’t sure of an answer or are feeling overwhelmed, say this positive statement.
I can do this.
I am good enough.
I am going to do the best I can and that is good.
I am capable of succeeding.
I have worked hard for this.
Try to calm the body
If your body begins to tense up and you are feeling stressed during the exam take a minute for yourself. Taking a minute to bring yourself out of your head and back into the room is important in refocusing your energy. Try these:
Put your pencil down.
Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
Inhaling while counting to three.
Hold while counting to three.
Exhale while counting to three.
Do this until you can bring yourself back down to a point where you can productively continue the exam.
Plan something relaxing for yourself after the exam
While there are always multiple assignments and responsibilities, it is important to return to equilibrium after a spike in anxiety and stress. It can be helpful to allot time to relax after an exam, you have earned it.
Taking a walk around campus, grabbing coffee with a friend, or taking a nap, could all be easy and helpful ways to relax and provide yourself and your brain some time to decompress.