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5 Tips for Surviving the End of Semester

Published: 1st November 2019

Peer Academic Coach (PAC), Xuan, shares the PAC team's top 5 study tips for the end of semester!

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The end of semester always seems to be a busy, hectic and chaotic time. Everything seems to be due, and we still need to prepare for exams. Here are our top 5 tips for surviving this time of the semester.

  • Have a planner. Having a planner will help minimise the stress and chaos of this time period. It doesn’t matter what you use (whether Google Calendars, a diary or even just a sheet of paper), but as soon as you can organise all your tasks into a timeline everything will seem more manageable.
  • Set smaller tasks. Instead of simply putting down in your planner that you need to know everything about a certain unit by a certain date, break down your goals. For example, ‘Summarise Topics 1-5 by Thursday’ and then ‘finalise study notes by Monday’. Breaking tasks down helps you to feel more in control and focused about what needs to be done.
  • Have a study group. Having a group of classmates who you can study with helps with managing the end of semester. Firstly, it reminds you that you are not alone. Secondly, it means that you can work together with your peers in learning concepts that may be evading you. We all have strengths and so when working in a group, your strengths may help your classmates and their strengths may help you.
  • Learn what works best for you. We all have different ways of learning and retaining information. For some of us, colours may be integral. For others, certain scents may help trigger their memory. Learn what type of learner you are and what memory technique works for you. This will enable you to format your notes and study in the most effective way for yourself.
  • Remember to rest. Whilst it may be tempting to just keep studying, taking small breaks are very important. After a certain period of time, unique to each individual, our brains stop being able to absorb and retain information effectively. Taking a short break, going for a walk or taking a nap is a good way to reset your brain before the next study session. The Pomodoro method is a great tool to structure these breaks.

Peer Academic Coaches are finishing for the semester at the end of this week, so please come and see us before then if you would like any further advice. We are available at the MyMurdoch Advice Locations and online. If we don’t see you, all the best with your exams!