1. Get some sleep.
You may not get the scientifically recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, but you should at least get 4 to 6 hours. Going all night without sleep will cause you to hallucinate to some extent during the exam and it will be difficult to think straight. Get some rest so you can be your best. Besides, if you studied the way I recommend you should be more prepared than you have ever been.
2. Eat well and drink plenty of water.
Good nutrition and hydration are a must this week. You need your strength to push through, so eat as much healthy food as you can get your hands on. I’m all about caffeine, and when I was in college, Dr. Pepper was one of my best friends. I have switched over to coffee, but no matter your preference, neither of these options are as productive for your brain as good ol’ water. Drink plenty!
3. Arrive on time or even a little early.
Things are stressful enough. You don’t need to make things worse by getting to your exam late.
4. Read the directions carefully.
Take a few seconds to make sure have a handle on exactly what needs to be done.
5. Skim through the entire test.
This step should take less than a minute, but you need to try and figure out what the professor is testing you over and what is worth the most points. Spend the majority of your time on the weightier questions.
6. Answer the questions you know; skip the ones you don’t.
You want to make sure you at least get credit for those answers you know, so answer them first. Once you have made it to the end, go back and spend time on the questions you skipped. Regardless if it is a multiple choice or True/False question, make an educated guess of some sort. You will probably be right more times than you think.
On essay questions, write as much as you can and make sure you use key words and phrases that relate somehow to the question at hand. Professors may give you partial credit once they see that you have made an attempt. Whatever you do, do not leave it blank!
May you crush your semester finals! I hope you have a stupendous summer and I will start blogging again when the school year starts back up in August.