Five Tips for acing your exams

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While most eagerly anticipate winter break, exams stand in between students and two weeks off from school. It remains important that students stay focused on their last classes until Dec. 22. Below are five tips from fellow students, teachers, and the top universities in the country to ensure success this exam season.

  1.  “Study periodically over a span of time will not only reduce test anxiety, but also help students retain information more efficiently.”

  This comes from Lisa Milchman’s science class.  This tip references the spacing effect, a psychological term that states that information is better learned when studied for short times over a long period.  For more of these tips, walk down the west hallway in building six on the first floor. Milchman’s classes made poster with these tips to help promote studying skills and success.

2. “Define long-term and short-term goals and build your schedule around them.”

  From Dartmouth College’s website, the tip allows students to visualize their schedules and what is ahead for them in the next few weeks. Long-term and short-term goals put exams, projects and last minute assignments into perspective and allow students to manage their time accordingly. For more information from Dartmouth college, check out their page dedicated to study skills:

  1.  “Make it a point to block out distractions”

  According to the Huffington Post, by creating a quiet study space away from people and cellphones which add distractions, students are then able to focus on the work in front of them. Try going to the library and turning off your phone in order to avoid temptation. For more tips from this article, check out the link below:

  1. “Eat well-balanced meals and get regular exercise.”

  The Cornell University website recommends students to still be mindful of their health during exams. Oftentimes, student stay up all hours of the night and binge on junk food and coffee to get them through the day. However, these foods do not give students the proper nutrients. In addition, exercise promotes the release of endorphins, the hormone that promotes energy and happiness.

  1. “Start early. Don’t wait; start studying your notes now”

  This tip comes from Atlantic’s own Tammy Mose-Cooper, a reading coach. She feels it is important to start reviewing as soon as possible to avoid exam-week stress. Cramming the night before is an ineffective way of studying.

  While nothing can ensure the grade students are aiming for, these tips will help reduce the inevitable stress students feel with the arrival of exams.


As a senior, I am excited to venture off into the world, but also happy to be able to leave my mark at Atlantic by being a writer for The Squall. While I hope to pursue a career in the sciences, I have a love for literature and writing. Being in journalism grants me the opportunity to express this passion. I truly am proud to be a part of The Squall as it embarks on its first year as an online newspaper. I always like to make the most of every day I have, so normally my days are filled with the people (and animals) I love. Most days, you can find me napping in the sun or playing with my dogs. On lazy days, I love sitting in my fuzzy socks, drinking tea, and criticizing movies.

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