Pasifika student Ailine Kei shares on the feels and the reals when it comes to studying for exams.
Exams and tests period are getting closer. BREATHE. You can do it.
Lucky for me, I have no exams (sorry)! However, for many, you do, especially our first year students. Maybe my story can help you out.
My first year was definitely a struggle. It was all new and I met a lot of people. But many of the people I spent time with were not contributing to my studies – long-term.
I was not prepared for exams, so I decided that I needed to have time where I separated social time and study time. Leading up to an exam, the importance of prioritising can really pay off.
It is very easy to fall into a long term relationship with our friend, procrastination, but doing things bit by bit can make a huge difference.
For me, because I can get distracted easily, I devote a solid hour of studying and then a 20 minute break.
Plus, having your phone away from you helps.
Equally, if you are like me and cannot process information fast, give yourself the time to process the information and prepare in advance; have a separate time focusing on just exam preparation.
“Time will not be your best friend at times but I was reminded by a close family friend that this journey is not perfection but progression.”
If there are a few things that exam prep has taught me, they are:
- Give yourself time to prepare, a spare half an hour every study session that focuses on the exam
- Take care of yourself! Have a break AND Breathe!
- Believe in yourself – love yourself and be intentional about allocated study times
- Surround yourself with others who are on the same journey as you and that continues to uplift and affirm you in your studies – that contributes hugely to your wellbeing.