The Exam Cram: Why Stress Can Hurt Your Test Scores

You have 5 classes. The semester’s worth of knowledge is fair game. Armed with a case of Red Bull, you take to the library where you will undoubtedly be camped out for the next week, emerging only to shower and sleep for a few hours. If you’re lucky.

It’s exam time, and most students go through the same panicked routine semester after semester. While you may think caffeine IVs and all-nighters are the only way to tackle exam week, studies show that this kind of study pattern may harm your GPA more than it helps–YIKES! Fortunately, our latest infographic outlines some sweet tips on how to make your study sessions less stressful and more efficient so you can rock those final exams this semester. Check it out!

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  1. freesoft says:

    Thank you..really informative!!

  2. Jimbo says:

    Ha! I’m a medical student, and if I only studied 30-40 minutes a day, I would be totally screwed!

    I would say studying no more than 8 hours a day is more like it. Also, take regular breaks and get a full night of sleep. That is probably the best advice for someone who needs to study for those huge exams.

  3. Kenneth H. Fleischer says:

    When I was a lad in school, I always tried to keep a week ahead of the course, so that, when the day’s lesson came, it was a mere review to me, and, when exam time came, I made sure I had a good night’s sleep. I Left college ‘way back in 1965, and I still remember much of what I learned ‘way back then. Folks sometimes are amazed that I still remember details from my 1962 botany course, for instance.

    The piece gave good advice. My only improvement to it is to advise not waiting until exam time approached, but to do one’s studying as soon as one can, then be relaxed and well rested when exam time comes. Think of the exam as an opportunity to show off all you’ve learned during the whole semester, not as some sort of make-or break threat to your future. Make it fun, instead of stressful.

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