This week I had my exams for the 2nd block/term. 10 weeks of classes have led up to this week and I’ll be honest, I was freaking out. Due to the bad weather & Christmas break we had missed quite a few classes and I didn’t know if I would be able to pass these exams. But, I got my books out of my bag and studied like hell at the University Library (UB).
The first exam on my to do list was a Presentation about a medical article “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Genetic Risk of Obesity”. The presentation was 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for questions from the examinators. So, I spent my weekend at my parents house to read the article and write down all the important things that I would need to know for the exam. Then on Monday I went to the UB and put my presentation together. 25 slides later, I was confident that I had included everything. So Tuesday came and I waited till 15:00 for my turn to present. I could here my heart beating in my ears as I stepped inside the classroom with my laptop and pile of paper. After the first few sentences I started to calm down and the presentation went great. Then came the hardest part; answering questions. At 15:30 I was done with the presentation and after a break it was time to study for the next exam.
The second exam was Statistics. During the weekend at my parents house, I had read through the 3 chapters and written a summary. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning I made the mock exam, practiced with examples from the book. I also watched Youtube videos, because Youtube can be extremely helpful if you don’t understand something. At 15:00 I walked into the classroom to make the exam, unsure of what to expect seeing as all we were allowed to use was a pen (no calculator, charts, pencil etc.). I was relieved when I was done with the exam. I relaxed for the rest of the day. But I still had 1 exam to go.
The third and last exam that I had was Living Cell II – Biochemistry. All the students had presented one of the chapters of the book in groups of 2 or 3. This gave a basis for the structure of the chapters and even made studying easier. On Thursday I woke up early (7:15) and made my way to the UB which opens at 8:30. I will let you know that I am not a morning person, so waking up early is not something that I enjoy doing. But, I found a table to sit at with my book and started studying. I summarized the 5 chapters, went through the presentations and watch Youtube videos about metabolism, glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, the electron transport chain, and photosynthesis. After a few hours, I took a break and ate my lunch, printed some things, and filled up my water bottle. Then around 17:00 I was confident that I understood everything so it was time to walk home and eat dinner. On Friday I slept till 11 o’ clock. I rolled out of bed, ate breakfast, showered, got dressed, and made my way to my final exam. The exam went great and I was happy that I had finished all of my exams. So I celebrated by sleeping most of the weekend.
Exams can be stressful, so here are some tips to help you conquer your exams.
- Don’t study everything the night before! Make sure that you pay attention during lectures and study groups because they can be really helpful in understanding key concepts.
- Take breaks! Study for 40-50 minutes and then take a break, but don’t make your break too long, 10 minutes should be fine.
- Stay healthy! Don’t forget to eat, exercise, and sleep.
- Find a god study location! For most people this is the UB, but you might prefer studying at your desk. I sometimes go to my parents house to study. It’s warm, they have a great table with lots of light, they have food, and there are cats I can cuddle.
- Eliminate distractions! Turn your phone to airplane mode. If you need noise, play instrumental music (lyrics can be distracting).
Type to you later,