How to perform at your best during final exams

The winter semester is almost over—here are five tips to help you perform at your best during the upcoming exam period. Preparation makes all the difference!

1) Know where and when your exams are being held. 

How do you know for sure where your exam is being held? Check out the information about exams and read the schedule posted by the Registrar’s Office.

2) Study. While locking yourself in your room to study for three weeks may be a strategy, it isn’t a good one. Studying with your fellow engineering students really helps you perform better—it sets specific times and dates to study and gives you a chance to discuss and clarify subject matter with your class mates.

3) If you need help, get help. The Math and Applied Sciences Centre has posted a schedule of upcoming study sessions. Remember to visit professors and TAs to review course content that you are having difficulty with.

4) Preparation is key – make sure all of your materials are up to spec. Any calculator taken into an exam MUST have a sticker identifying it as an approved device. Stickers are available at the Dean’s Office (ETLC E6-050) Mon. – Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  If you wait until 10 minutes before your exam to get your sticker, don’t even try to calculate the odds of actually getting in to write your exam. Get your calculator sticker now and avoid being stressed out later. 

Similarly, if you are allowed to bring formula sheets (ask your professor), prepare them ahead of time so you’re not panicking about it the night before your exam.

5) Work out the stress. The university has many services and opportunities to help you keep in shape physically, mentally, and emotionally. Check out the Campus Rec website and Student Counselling Services to find out what’s available to keep you in top form for exams.