Whether you are a last minute crammer or a perfectionist with carefully detailed notes taken throughout the entire course, sitting for an exam is stressful. While no amount of coffee or sleepless nights can quite take the stress away, thanks to the Internet, there are now plenty of ways to make this journey a little easier.
Instead of just typing whatever comes to your mind on the search engine, make a list of all keywords you need to search for. You can even use quotation marks to search for the exact words. If you are looking for academic information, go to Google Scholar and then search for your desired topic. Google Scholar provides information from authentic sources that you can use in your arguments while writing papers.
When it comes to learning materials, YouTube video tutorials are a lifesaver. From animated art history crash courses to tech-savvy computer algorithm tutorials, YouTube has it all!
You could perfect your cooking skills or even learn a new makeup technique from the YouTube lifestyle gurus. Of course, finding the right video takes a bit of searching and the night before the exam is definitely not the right time to start that search.
However, if you look for materials throughout the course, then you could build up a revision playlist by the end.
Moreover, YouTube also has plenty of chill mixes or relaxing study music that can help you. Check out Koala Kontrol or Just Instrumental Music for these playlists.
FIND FORMULA SHEETS AND/OR FLASHCARDS
With the vast syllabus exams require you to cover, remembering names, dates and so on can become quite the hassle. Why not compile all of this into flashcards to make studying easier? Websites such as brainscape have built-in vocabulary flashcards for all sorts of exams including entrance exams, GRE, law exam, engineering exams and so on.
Some sites even let you build your own flashcard decks. For those sitting for math-related exams, just type “topic” formula sheet, and you will have plenty of formula sheets to pick from, mostly in the form of pdfs.
FOR THE NITTY GRITTY
Anyone who had to submit papers as part of their coursework knows exactly how cumbersome it is to cite papers. To make this job easier, you have Mendeley that will let you keep track of all your reading materials and cite them automatically. If you want a ‘quick fix,’ then try out bibme.com. You can also get free spelling and grammar checkers online for an impeccable writeup.
An essential part of every exam preparation is organising your materials, managing time all the while still keeping enough space for relaxation, sleep and other inevitable responsibilities of adulting. Iheartorganizing is a site that will let you download free printables of calendars and planners to ease up organising.
In fact, a simple google search will provide you with plenty of such gorgeous planners that can make your dreary course material feel a little more interesting. If you are more of a digital person, then make effective use of Google Calendar and you are good to go!