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A student’s survival guide to assessments


Written by
Dong-Wan S

As students, we all know that exam season can be a stressful and challenging time. We want to do our best, but the pressure can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here are four tips to help navigate exam season with confidence.

A student swotting for assessments

1: Set realistic goals

The first step is to set realistic goals for ourselves. While it's important to aim high, we also need to be realistic about what we can achieve. Set achievable goals for each exam and break them down into manageable steps. This will help us stay focused and motivated throughout the exam season.

2: Practise self-care

Next, it's important to take care of ourselves. We need to prioritize our physical and mental health during this stressful time. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. We also need to make time for self-care activities, such as taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk, or reading a book.

3: Be aware of your mindset

Another important factor in our success is our mindset. We need to believe in ourselves and our ability to succeed. While luck may play a role in some aspects of life, we cannot rely on it entirely. We need to take responsibility for our own success and work hard to achieve our goals.

4: Ask for the help you need

Finally, it's important to seek help when we need it. Whether it's asking a friend for study tips or reaching out to a professor for clarification on a topic, we should never be afraid to ask for help. We all need support from time to time, and there's no shame in seeking it out.

In conclusion, while it's easy to fall into fatalistic thinking during exam season, it's important to remember that we have control over many aspects of our success. By setting realistic goals, taking care of ourselves, maintaining a positive mindset, and seeking help when we need it, we can get through the exam season with confidence.

Dong-Wan studies BSc International Relations in South Korea