3 Steps to Success During Exam Period

Ready to absolutely ace exams this year? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an exam season newbie, we’ve got the best tips and tricks to help you master the chaos and make finals a breeze!

STEP 1: Smart Scheduling - Plan your academic tutoring sessions around your exam dates and classes

Usually, exam season will mean that your normal class schedule will change. This may free up your mornings or afternoons for studying! Once your school gives you your exam schedule, take note of when you have class or testing periods and schedule your tutoring sessions accordingly.

PRO TIP: Contact your tutor and modify your schedule 2 weeks in advance to be sure you get the spots you want!

STEP 2: Mental Mastery - Check in with your mental and emotional health

There’s no denying that exams can be incredibly stressful and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the pressure of performing well. However, it’s important to prioritize your mental and emotional health.

PRO TIP: Meet with a Social Emotional Counsellor to make sure the only thing on your mind during exam season is success. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it’s a good idea to talk through your thoughts and emotions, clarify your goals, and find out what’s going on beneath the surface. Alex M. is the best coach to help you do just that! Sorting through your feelings will help minimize anxiety and stress, and maximize your confidence as you tackle your exams.

Remember that your job is to do your best and that the rest is out of your hands. The stoic philosopher, Epictetus, gave us the best exam season advice over 2000 years ago:

“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.” — Epictetus

PRO TIP: Make a list of everything you are worried about. Cross out everything you cannot control, and focus on dealing with what you can.

STEP 3: Skills Session - Maximize your organization and time management habits

Exam success is largely determined by how well you manage time, organization, and discipline. Having a good study plan, organized notes, and strategies for completing your exam effectively will make all the difference! If you really want to know the secret to organizational excellence, check out our 8 Steps to the Perfect Study Guide.

PRO TIP: Schedule an Organization & Study Skills session with one of our academic tutors to break down your goals, create a plan, and equip yourself with the skills you need to finish the year with success.


There you have it - all the tips you need for a successful exam period. Happy studying and good luck!

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