How to survive exam time

29 October 2017

It’s dry throats, nervous feelings in the tummy and sweaty palms. It’s exam time.

The good news is you will get through it and the possibilities that await you on the other side are endless.

We get it though, right now it’s hard to focus on that light at the end of the tunnel. To help you get there with the best possible results we have 4 exam survival tips.

1. Be prepared

Create a study plan and goals for each day. Make sure it’s balanced and realistic and you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Go through previous exams to see what they look like and get a feel for the type of questions you may be asked. Find a study technique that works for you, it might be using different coloured pens in your text books or study notes pinned around your bedroom wall.

2. Support each other

Your peers are going to be sitting the same exams as you, so help each other out. Make a study group. Test each other with multiple choice questions or practice your essay writing skills. But remember to stay focused on the topic at hand.

3. Get some sleep

A cram session the night before your exam may add to your stress levels. A tired brain won’t retain information and the heavy head and blurred vision won’t help you either. Get a full night’s sleep and smash out your exam with all your energy the next day.

4. Exam day

Nerves are a natural part of exams but don't let them take over. Eat a good meal, stay hydrated and give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam location.

Read all the instructions and questions so you know exactly what's expected of you and how much time you'll need for each question. Don't panic if you get stuck on a question. Come back to it if you have time and give it your best, an educated guess is better than leaving it blank.

Payments for students and trainees

The relief you’ll get after your last exam is one worth celebrating. Enjoy a trip to the beach, a party with friends or a Netflix binge.

Don’t completely check out though! You might want to see if you’re eligible for a student payment and put in a claim. If you’re going on to do further study, training or an Australian Apprenticeship we may give you financial support.

Youth Allowance is a payment supporting people aged 16 to 24 who are:

  • doing full time study, or
  • taking on an Australian Apprenticeship

Youth Allowance also supports young people aged 16 to 21 who are looking for work.

First, check if you’re eligible for Youth Allowance. Then, if you are, you can claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you’re claiming as a student, you can make your claim up to 13 weeks before your course starts.

Next steps

Whether you’re thinking of further study, entering a trade or looking for work, we have information to help you choose your next adventure.

If you have any questions, you can ask us at Student Update on Facebook or tweet @StudentUpdateAU.

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Page last updated: 14 November 2017