Stressed about exams? Here are some expert tips


The Ryersonian spoke with Student Learning Support to get some study tips. (Courtesy Con Design)

With classes ending, and exam season coming up, it’s the time of year that is the most stressful for students. The Ryersonian spoke with Andrea Moon, a learning strategist at Student Learning Support to get some tips on how to handle exam stress. This is what we learned:

1) Make a study plan

This means setting specific objectives for what you hope to accomplish on any given day. You can use information such as how many exams you have, how far apart they are and how well you know the exam material to organize your study plan.

2) Avoid cramming

According to Moon, cramming doesn’t necessarily result in high levels of retention, and making that study plan is key to avoiding it as much as possible.

3) Choose your study space wisely

Figure out where you are the most productive and where you won’t get distracted, whether it is at home or somewhere quiet on campus.

4) Get help with difficult material early

Identify what areas you are having trouble with and take advantage of being on campus to get help from your professor, TA or even a classmate. There’s also Student Learning Support on the fourth floor of the SLC.

5) Start studying! 

Motivate yourself to start studying, whether it is by organizing your notes or tidying up your work space.

For students looking to book appointments at Student Learning Support:

English Language Support, Graduate Learning Support and Writing Support appointments end this Saturday on Dec 3.

However, drop-in hours for Writing Support are available until next Thursday and drop-in Math Support ends on Dec 14.

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