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6 Pro Tips to Ace Culminating Season

By Sean D’Mello

As the Culminating Assessment season approaches, the stresses of our academic lives seem to grow heavier. However, if you follow these tips, you can deal with that stress and better your well-being overall.

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1. Create a schedule, and stick to it.

As far away as it seems, exam and culminating assessments can truly fly by, with the impending dates unnoticeably growing closer and closer. To avoid the stress of creating notes, organizing them and reviewing topics, try creating a quick schedule the nights before a culminating. Give yourself due dates for all your tasks, but keep them reasonable. It’s important you stick to the schedule to ensure nothing creeps up on you the night before, and that you’ve done your best walking out of the classroom.

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2. Take breaks

Give yourself rest periods after long bits of study and hard work. Try the Pomodoro Technique. Take a 5-minute break for every 30 minutes of hard work you do. Research by the University of Illinois shows that taking this break allows you to focus better and have an overall higher quality of work. It also allows for a quick reward for a good bit of honest studying.

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3. Work with a group

Especially if you start early and have time on your hands, create a group with your friends and create your notes together. It’s just more fun, and you can ask any questions you have at the moment, too.

4. Organize your study space

Give yourself enough room to easily lay down all the notes and textbooks you need, and then some. Working in a cluttered area is not ideal for studying, and an organized desk can give you the room you need to think. It also removes any distractions that can get in the way of your strong 30 minutes of work. And speaking of distractions...see Tip #5

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5. Avoid listening to music with lyrics while you are studying

A lot of people find that the mood of a studying session can really ‘pick up’ with some background tunes. While research on this is still somewhat inconclusive, studies from Stanford University actually say that lyrical music can take away from the reading comprehension of a student. So instead of listening to your favourite artist’s latest lyrical masterpiece, try classical or video game music...perhaps even the soundtrack to your favourite movie.

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6. Have a good night’s sleep the night before your culminating

As a final tip, ensure you get a full 8 hours of sleep and are well rested so that you aren’t losing sight of easy marks.

With these quick tips, you can ensure that this year’s culminating season is as stress-free as possible. Good Luck!

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