Let’s face it, exams always stir up a whirlwind of stress. There are days where you feel like studying is an uphill battle, especially when you’re starting to get burnt out, tired, and just are missing that extra spark of motivation.

Here are 8 tips to help you with getting your motivation back and to ace your big exams!

Let’s dive into these game-changing strategies together!


1. Use a planner

Using a planner is good for keeping yourself organized to know due dates and to know exactly where you need to be and when. I personally use a physical planner so I can write everything down, but there are a lot of free websites and apps that you can use as a planner as well.

Trello is a particularly useful tool for keeping yourself organized, as well as using your Google calendar!


2. Figure out your preferred way of learning

Whether you are a visual learner or an auditory learner, it is important to know which way you learn best. This will help a lot in your study process, as one way will work better for you than the other.

There are also different support services on campus that can help you learn better or if you need accommodations for test taking!


3. Make a study set on Quizlet

Quizlet is a great study tool for creating flashcards so you can quiz yourself and study for any big tests that you may be having come up. This is an effective way to study on your own or even with friends.


4. Give yourself enough time

Make sure you give yourself enough study time before taking a test. If you start studying early on, this can help you learn the material easier and you won’t be as stressed the night before.


5. Don’t overwork yourself

When you over-work yourself before a big test, it is easier to get stressed out and put more pressure on yourself. The less pressure you put on yourself, the more confident you will feel. It’s super important to keep that in mind when studying!


6. Get enough sleep

Sleep is especially important right before a big test. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, it can be hard to focus, and this could really affect your test taking and study abilities!


7. Don’t procrastinate

Putting off studying for a test can make it a lot more stressful for yourself, especially because you may not know what valuable information you need to know. The more you start studying in advance, the more prepared you will be.


8. Make sure you are eating

Eating a good breakfast on the day of an exam is very important. Food is brain power; this will help you with thinking during your test and feeling prepared, awake, and ready.