1. Pull an all-nighter.
We are all guilty of cramming for assignments and tests the previous night to scrape a C- to pass. However, this will not work with an exam. It's recommended that you spend at least a week before your exam revising your course material and practicing on a dummy run exam if you were provided with one beforehand. Cramming the night before and pulling an all-nighter will only make you unnecessarily tired the day of your exam and makes your chances of passing harder. Leave this to the first years and prepare beforehand.
2. Eat/drink too much before your exam.
We all get hungry but honestly, who wants to be wasting precious exam minutes in the bathroom peeing - every second counts. And no, you will not find any inspiration for tough exam questions by taking a 10-minute toilet break. Be disciplined and get yourself a well-earned treat after finishing your exam.
3. Please don’t cheat.
This point is an obvious one, but I knew of people who would cheat in their exams. Writing citations on used tissues, or their arm and then covering it with their t-shirt sleeve, and that’s just from what I can remember. Getting caught cheating on an exam will see you heavily penalised and possibly fail your entire degree. It’s not worth the risk, so please don’t be a cheater and earn that A grade.
4. Scroll Social Media
The endless hole of social media will consume all your time and effort, which should be instead put towards preparing for your exam. Ignore your Instagram DMs, postpone updating your status, and leave your newsfeed to a later date.
5. Give up
This point is one of the most valuable pieces of the exam puzzle. Exams are stressful, and it is easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Ask for help when necessary and take a break if needed. Exams are tough, but manageable and keeping a positive attitude will influence the output of your work and consequently whether you pass or need to keep trying.