Don’t let your exams keep you down

By Joseph Tunney

Exams are the probably the most stressful time of the year for students. Keep reading for some tips that might help. Photo by from Pexels/

So, exams are approaching and a lot faster than you anticipated. You still have final assignments due and you’re about to enter crunch time. Yikes.

Well don’t worry, here are four things CUOL users can do to keep those end-of-term blues at bay:

1. Don’t panic.

A bit obvious, we know. But if you start panicking you might also start believing you can’t scale that mountain of paperwork that’s been slowly building on your desk.


Remember, you have access to all those old lectures. Why not drag some of those up for a re-watch if you need a refresher? And in case you didn’t know, you can now search for keywords in any given talk.

2. Focus.

One of the main struggles of going to school – whether you’re on campus or watching from home – is focusing. While we understand the temptation to binge-watch the new season of The Crown, you have to remember it will be there when you’re done studying. Heck, it will be there when you’re done exams.

You should also reflect on where you do your best work. Not everyone can work from home without being distracted. Maybe you work better from the coffee shop around the corner.

Find where you easily get in the zone and go there often.

3. Work, work, work

No, we don’t mean you should listen to the Rihanna song.

The best way to stop dreading exams is to study for them. Now that you know there’s no way around it, it’s time to take care of business.

You also shouldn’t let final assignments impede quality study time. When is that 10-page essay due? Why not see if you can crank out three pages tonight? They don’t have to be perfect, and they might be the start you need.

This is also a good time to check in with your workplace if you have one. You need to make sure you’re free certain days to give yourself time to study. Think ahead!

4. Reach out if you need help

We all feel stressed at the end of term. While you might not be on campus, that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to your profs. Maybe there’s a specific topic you really don’t understand. If so, ask about it now rather than the day before the test. You’ll thank yourself you did.

Good luck and don’t forget to make study cue cards!