10 Ways to Get A’s This Exam Season

This semester seems to be flying by and exams and due dates are rapidly approaching. Follow these 10 tips to help you stay on top of your work and get A’s on all of your exams!


  1. 1. Write important dates in a planner or calendar

    Getting organized is a key part of time management and allows you to see all of your assignments, essays, and exams spread out over the semester. Whether you use a physical planner or agenda book or are more into a phone or laptop calendar, be sure to add all important dates and events to make the most of your time. Planning is essential for students to get head-starts and be well prepared for their exams.

  2. 2. Make the most of classes

    First of all, GO TO CLASS! You or your family are paying for you to be on a college campus and attend classes, so be sure to make it to them. If you are having trouble getting yourself to a class, consider different class times, online classes, or even provide yourself incentives to go. Make sure you are present in class. Take notes, read the material, listen to the professor, and do not be afraid to ask questions. Participation will make a big difference when it comes to exams.

  3. 3. Set aside time for studying

    I get it, college is a busy time for anyone. Balancing classes, homework, clubs, friends, partying, exercise, and work can seem impossible, but getting into a routine and planning out your time can make a huge difference. Be sure to set aside some time each week for studying. It doesn’t have to be a grueling 3 hour study session-- even quick 15 minute reviews can be beneficial. When it comes time for exams you will be thanking yourself that you don’t have to cram all the material the night before.

  4. 4. Physically write things down

    Yes, cell phones and laptops make our lives a whole lot easier. But sometimes, a good old fashioned pen and paper can work wonders. Physically writing things down helps us remember them better than typing them out. You don’t have to do this all the time, but before a test try writing down the material and see how much more you can remember.

  5. 5. Study outside of your room

    Our rooms can be very tempting with our soft, comfy beds and talkative roommates. That’s why it's important to find a place you can go to study. Don’t fall into the temptation of “just one more show.” The library is always and option, but if that’s not for you, find a local coffee shop or café to bring your work.

  6. 6. Have study drinks and snacks

    Studying isn’t always easy, but it’s a lot better when you have a drink and some snacks to keep you going. Obviously, Starbucks is tempting and can definitely be helpful for a late night study sesh, but be sure to drink some water. You will be able to understand the information better when your body is at its best and water certainly helps with that. Snacking is always a good incentive when working. Try and bring some healthy snacks like grapes or carrots, and then maybe treat yourself to a sweet treat if you reach your goal for the day.

  7. 7. Make study groups

    Try to make friends with people in your classes and form study groups. Get a few phone numbers and create a group chat for the class where you can ask other students any questions you may have. Studying in a group can be a lot more fun than studying alone and everyone can contribute knowledge about the material. However, sometimes studying with your best friends can do more harm than good and can cause you to quickly get off-topic. Your friends will understand if you need to study without them.

  8. 8. Listen to study playlists

    Supplement your study sessions with some great music. Different music works for different people whether it’s classical, rap, or just rain sounds, music can really help you focus. Figure out what works for you, and if you need a place to start, check out CofC President Hsu’s curated student playlist!

  9. 9. Allow yourself some breaks

    Self-care is a necessity! You do not need to be constantly pushing yourself to your breaking point. Allow yourself some time to do things that you enjoy and are relaxing. Put on a face mask, grab some ice cream, and watch a movie. Then, you can study once you're in a better state of mind. Grades might seem like the most important thing in your life right now but always put your health first.

  10. 10. GET SOME SLEEP

    I know it’s hard. Nobody gets enough sleep, but that’s college for you. Just give it a try, okay?