Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Don't let exams get the better of you. Photo credit: Inrumour
Although the latter months of 2012 went by at a blinding pace, the start of the New Year marked the dreaded external exams. No matter how well prepared you are there comes a point about halfway through the exam period where coffee and power naps don't cut it. You need a good meal, a warm bath and a good night's sleep. However while you fade away into your dream world while staring blankly at your notes, you're snapped back to the real world where several confusing concepts and answers are staring you in the face.

The very first thought that enters your mind is "WHO CARES!?". The answer quite simply is no one really. It doesn't really matter to the teachers, the university, your future employer or you whether or not, you understand the module. The sad truth is that even if you forget the concepts the moment your leave the examination room, you need to remember them before the exam. 

Once it's all said and done, and you have your degree in your hand, you won't remember the moments you almost gave up, but rather the stuff you did understand and the fun you had through your course. Understanding this, will only come if you actually sit down and study. As hard as it may be, once you set your mind to it and begin, you've already taken the first giant leap towards doing well. 

At the end of the day what really matters is powering through every exam and assignment with a Bruce Willis: Die Hard/ attitude and if the urge should take over, when you do finish each exam you can look forward to screaming "YIPPIKAYE ANOTHER EXAM DOWN!"

By Tarish Tolani

The writer is a first year undergraduate student pursuing Media and Communications. 

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