It’s final exam time! Exams are a significant part, not only of the class but also on your final grades. No matter how difficult an exam may be, you should strive to do the best you can do. Here are a few practices that will help you survive finals.

Take a break! Taking breaks will help the brain relax and can promote better information retention. Come and take a Pancake Break with us on Tuesday, April 24th from 5-pm in the new student center on the 3rd floor! Full details here.

Find out an exam format and materials it will cover.  Ask you professor what information the exam will cover and its format. Is it short answer? Multiple choice? These answers will help you study more effectively.

Evaluate the best self-study technique. Every person studies differently. Some people need absolute silence in a quiet room at home while others study in a library or at Starbucks. But don`t study in front of the TV; just remember that multitasking is a myth.

Follow the study schedule. Creating a schedule and keeping track of your progress will help you to achieve better results and you won`t get overwhelmed.

Go to bed early before your exam. Your mind should be fresh, so get enough rest on the night before your exam.

Over prepare for an exam.  No matter how easy an exam you think would be, make sure you prepare well to get an A+ score!

Stay hydrated. Try not to drink caffeinated beverages. It will just make your nervous and make you dehydrated. Bring a refillable water bottle during the exam.

Arrive 10-15 minutes before an exam. Arriving early will help you to remain calm and to ensure that you can get settled in to take your test.

Stay focused during the exam. BREATHE! If you find some questions difficult, skip it and come back after you answer the less difficult ones. Keep an eye on the clock and make sure you’re not spending too much time on one section.