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Tips to conquer exams

Exams are quickly approaching and your “exam anxiety” might be on the rise. What do you study? How do you prepare? Where do you start?

Don’t panic! Instead, review our study strategies to help you study successfully. 

Take Time for Study Breaks

Organize your studying in to smaller chunks of time – approximately 45-90 minutes each – instead of a major cram session. Your brain needs time to rest and absorb the new information you’re giving it. If you find that you need to break sooner than 45 minutes, do so – it's all about doing what works best for you.


Self-testing allows you to figure what you do know (or don’t know) about a certain topic. Take advantage of the review questions to boost your confidence and reduce pre-test anxiety.

Learn from Your Mistakes

Reviewing previous test results is an important step in the studying process as it allows you to reflect on study strategies that may not have worked, and to identify gaps in knowledge. Ask yourself what you can do this time around to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Exams can be stressful, especially if you’re writing them for the first time. You can manage your stress more effectively if you’re getting enough sleep, making time for physical activity and eating well. Skip the late nights, make time for the gym or yoga, and resist the temptation to live off coffee and fast food for the next few weeks. Your mind, and body, will thank you!


Looking for more help? There are several academic services and personal support resources available to you as a Laurier student. 

Good luck, Golden Hawks!