Exam Season’s Wisdom and Motivation


Written by: Maryam Khan, 4th Year Health Sciences
Photo by: Akshay Chauhan on Unsplash

As finals week is slowly approaching, it can be a stressful and challenging time. But remember, that you have worked hard throughout the semester and did the best you could, and now you are in the final stretch. As a fourth-year student, I'd like to think that I have learned new concepts, developed skills, and grown academically and personally. With the insight I have gained over the past few years, I would like to encourage my Western peers to stay focused and motivated during this time.

Firstly, You are capable. Believe in yourself and your abilities. You may have heard, 'Self-confidence is key to success'. If you believe that you can do well, you will be more likely to succeed. You have worked hard throughout the semester and have acquired the knowledge and skills required to succeed. And even if you are in a place of self-doubt, I assure you others around you feel the same. All you have to remember is that you are capable of achieving your goals.

Maintaining a positive attitude can be challenging during stressful times, but it can make a significant difference in your perspective. So stay positive, focus on the things you have accomplished so far and visualize yourself succeeding on the exam.

Practice, practice, practice. We know that practice makes perfect. So, take advantage of study resources available to you, such as practice tests provided by your professor, quizzes you've done this semester, and making review sheets of everything you already know, and adding to it as you relearn the content. This will help you become familiar with the material and feel more confident in your abilities.

Take your breaks! It's essential to take breaks and recharge your batteries. Go for a walk, exercise, or spend time with friends and family. For instance, we know that exercise can improve cognitive function, memory retention, and concentration, all of which are essential for academic success. So if you've got the time, even 10 minutes of walking around the block can be beneficial. This will help you come back to your studies refreshed and focused.

Don't forget to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. This will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Celebrate your hard work by treating yourself to a special meal, activity, or even a good nap.

Finally, remember that your grades do not define you. You are more than your academic achievements, and your performance on a test does not determine your worth. You are capable of achieving great things, and your future is bright.

In conclusion, exam season can be challenging, but remember that you are not alone. Stay focused, positive, and motivated. Believe in yourself, take care of yourself, and don't be afraid to seek help when you need it. You got this!


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