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Tips to Increase Your Final Exam Performance

The end to another academic term is quickly approaching… along with the stress of writing final exams. If you have to write exams and are feeling nervous, overwhelmed, and exhausted from studying, these are some useful tips from examtime to perform at your best on exam day.

The Night Before
You want to have your exam day planned out beforehand so you can focus on remembering the important information you studied.

  • Check the time and location of your exam
  • Set an alarm to wake up early
  • Collect materials you will need to bring to your exam tomorrow
  • Get a full nights rest (8 hours is recommended)

Exam Day
Make sure you start your day off right. If you’re feeling confident and refreshed before you write your exam, chances are you’ll perform better.

  • Wake up early and prepare for your day (taking a shower can help your body wake up)
  • Have a balanced breakfast (try to eat some fruit, for example, a banana)
  • Grab your exam materials (remember to bring your ID, translators, etc. if required/permitted)
  • Leave early (unexpected events happen all the time; you don’t want to be late)

Starting Your Exam
You have prepared for this moment. Focus your mind and get yourself prepared to ace this exam.

  • Write your name on the exam paper and make sure you have all pages of the exam
  • Read through the exam to get an idea of the content and length of each section
  • Plan your time and focus the majority of your time on the heaviest weighted questions
  • Start answering questions you feel most confident about (leave the challenging questions for last)

Finishing Your Exam
You’re almost done! Just a few more questions and you can leave feeling great.

  • Ask for clarification or assistance if you don’t understand a section/question
  • Pay attention to the time and pace yourself
  • Review your work to ensure you answered all questions correctly
  • Stay to the end of your exam period (review your work multiple times to catch silly mistakes)
  • Hand in your exam feeling confident that you did your best work

Congratulations!
You just finished your exam and can now move on with your day and enjoy the rest of the spring/summer!

I hope these tips were helpful and reduced your fear of writing exams. If you still have any concerns, feel free to post them in the comments or contact your institution’s help centre. Best of luck with your exams and the end of your semester!

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Why Do Students Have Academic Writing Assignments?

Why Do Students Have Academic Writing Assignments

Students become very familiar with academic assignments in post-secondary education. Whether it’s in the form of an essay, research, term, argumentative, or analytical paper, educators often assign this type of activity. Although some students may not enjoy academic writing, there are several beneficial traits they develop that contribute to academic success.

1. Critical Thinking

Students have an opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to critically analyze an assignment and logically come up with a solution to achieve the highest mark. Over time, their skills and strategies are refined to enable them to critically think outside of school.

2. Memory

Physically writing information acts as a great memory aid for students. Often, when a student writes a paper in their own words, they will remember the information more efficiently. In addition, students who complete academic papers are more likely to remember the content in future tests/exams.

3. Decision Making

Working on assignments further improves students’ decision making skills. Students have to understand assignment requirements, plan their time, and submit the completed assigned before the deadline. These are all transferable skills significant in succeeding in the workplace.

4. Creative/Analytical Thinking

Various assignments, for example, argumentative papers, require a justification of a point or position. This develops creative thinking and analytical skills by evaluating information and developing a well-structured argument. Students learn how to express themselves in writing which is useful during interviews and job applications.

Are you convinced?

Did you realize how many skills were developed by completing academic assignments? Hopefully I have instilled greater appreciation and motivation for your academic writing.

Thanks for reading!

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Adriano Zamai

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Paul Hacking
Sales Specialist/ Customer Service Administrator

The Academic-Zone Team would like to welcome a new member—Our new Sales Specialist/Customer Service Administrator Paul Hacking! Paul, a third year Business Administration student studying at Brock University, is currently completing a co-op work term with Academic-Zone. Responsible for external Academic-Zone outreach as well as internal promotion to faculty at Brock University, he is ready to answer all your questions about Academic-Zone. Send him an e-mail at academic-zone@brocku.ca . Paul is excited and ready for all the challenges that await him!