1. Go to help centres

There is so much value in going to help centres – you can get expert help from tutors who have the knowledge to help you in your specific course. Its a great resource that can really help anyone who is struggling, whether it is for just a few topics or the big picture of the course.

Here are some examples of the help centres we have at UVic:
Centre for Academic Communication (formerly the Writing Centre)
Math and Stats Assistance Centre
Biology Help Centre
Chemistry Help Centre
French Help Centre

2. Counselling services if you’re feeling stressed

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or stressed during exam season, it may be helpful to talk to someone who can give you tools for how to deal with your stress.

You can contact counselling services at: 250-721-8341 to make an appointment with a counsellor.

3. Study groups

Studying in groups can be a source of motivation. Whenever I’m not feeling like studying but know that I should, I go to the library with a friend who is going to study. Being with others who are studying encourages you to study. As well, if they are in the same course as you, you can benefit from asking each other questions and testing each other.

4. Study at the library

Studying at the library can be a really great option, it’s a setting where there isn’t much else to do but study. When at home, there are a lot of distractions which can lead to procrastination.

5. Take breaks

Make sure to take breaks when you feel that your brain is saturated with information! A quick 30 minute break here and there can allow you to be more efficient for the rest of your studying.

6. Sleep and eat well

There have been many times in my university years that I chose to study instead of sleep and I actually didn’t do well in my exams. I’ve noticed that sleeping can help you do much better on your exams, so organize yourself to allow for a good night sleep before your exam. And of course, ALWAYS eat well – no ramen noodles during exam time!

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