Surviving Exam Season
As a third year Chemistry undergraduate the current system is that such I take my exams at the end of term 2 rather than the norm, which is to take them during term 3. This allows term 3 to be freed up to perform longer labs, where they extend from the usual one-day experiment in years 1 and 2 to 5 -day experiments in year 3 (or in my case doing a research project overseas).
This has pros and cons, means term 2 is very stressful as we have lost the luxury of 5 weeks at Easter where most productive revision is done and can make term 2 seem like a major cramming session. However, it has presented itself an opportunity for myself and others to do projects at overseas universities which will be a great experience. Not only that, those staying at Warwick can at-least enjoy a less stressful term 3 while everyone else will be in the library all hours of the day.
To survive third year exam season, I am trying to follow these rules;
1. Always try and get 8 hours of sleep. Cramming till the early hours of the morning can seem like a good idea as you’re putting in more hours, but consistently losing out on sleep will have a more detrimental effect. Fatigue, tiredness and a weaker memory capacity all results from lost hours of sleep which is the opposite of what we need right now.
2. Go to the revision sessions put on my tutors and the student led classes (SLC). These are great as usually lectures recap what they believe to be the most important material and SLCs are great as students who previously sat the exam will give tips how to do well rather than just going over content again. The SLCs can truly be the different between one grade or another.
3. Exercise. Exam season is stressful, it’s stressful for everyone and exercise will help relieve stress. Not only that it will have a direct impact on no.1. I think most people, including me, are most guilty of skipping out on exercise as exams approach as you feel that you’re losing that revision time. However, spending 40-60mins exercising per day will make the rest of the time more productive.
This is only a quick blog as I should probably go back to it. So good look to those sitting exams in a few weeks and I will see you on the other side.