Simple tips on how to prepare for your exams

The morning of the 4th of May – exam registration, what a day! Not only is the exam period approaching but the exams this year will probably be one of a kind. For some students, online exams are heaven but for others, who have a slower internet connection and struggle to focus at home, it is not as heavenly as it seems. And as time passes by, one question arises – how do I get ready for the exams? The answer is not very far from what it would have been if we had our usual examination process. However, we would be glad to help you prepare with some simple steps that can boost your overall study experience.

1. The basics - know the general information about the course and the exam

How do I study for a subject that I don’t even understand? How much effort should I put into a certain course? How long should I study?

If you don’t want to shower yourself with those questions every single day until the pressure of the upcoming exam crushes you, you should consider several things.

  • Check out the syllabus/course main topics. Knowing the outline and the matter you will have to dive into is essential for the basic understanding of the course. That way you can organize your study sessions by relevant topics.

  • Know the worth of your exam – if that exam is 100% of your grade you must start studying as soon as possible!

  • Be aware of the time you have. Don’t procrastinate until the moment you have no time to actually study sufficiently.

2. Prepare your space and your materials for the study sessions

  • Quiet, orderly, comfortable – find the spot at your home that meets those requirements. This is the place where you will study for the next 1 to 4 weeks.

  • Get rid of all distractions – your phone, the TV, your siblings, anything that might disturb you while studying.

  • Notes, diagrams, texts, educational videos – have everything you need close-by - you don’t want to start your study session realizing that your most important materials are missing.

  • Don’t have notes? Make them now! They will help you memorize the study matter and support your revision process, flashcards are also a great option.

3. The learning process

  • Set goals to measure your preparedness and create a checklist.

  • Try to estimate the time you need for every topic. This way you will have a realistic view of the tempo you’re studying with and you will know if you need to cover the materials slower or faster.

  • Did the teacher give you many home assignments or tests? Perhaps parts of the exam will be based on them. It is not a bad idea to revise them, see what was difficult for you some time ago and try understanding it now.

  • Try revising the new topics you’ve covered once every several days or perhaps once a week.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help. If you know someone who is knowledgeable about the topic you’re currently struggling with, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Exams are never easy, online, or not. However, with enough time and dedication, you can manage getting the desirable mark. Make a schedule, set goals, and don’t let stress and procrastination obscure your future success!


  - Leo Buscaglia