5 STUDY HACKS TO SURVIVE EXAM SEASON

You’re so close, summer holidays are just around the corner and let’s just say we couldn’t be happier to say BYE to 2020. But before the celebrations begin, you need to finish off those final assessments and prepare for exams (ew). To make things a little easier, we’ve got 5 simple tips and tricks to keep you on track with your study, whether you’re at home or on-campus.
 

1. Block out distractions (and the haters)



Using an app to make sure you stay off other apps kind of sounds ridiculous and counter-productive but for all the procrastinators, the Flora App will be your best friend during exams. Flora is a goal and habit tracker that keeps you accountable and stops you from going down a TikTok blackhole.

How? Well, when you start your goal (study), it plants a “seed”, and the timer starts. If you reach the end of the timer without touching your phone, your seed “grows” into a tree, and if not, the tree dies. To make sure you really stick to your study plan, you can grow a tree with your friends, but if one of you fails, it will die ­so teamwork makes the dream work.

2. Meal prep



When you’re on a roll with essay writing or memorising a topic but are low key dying of hunger, the idea of stopping to cook can be quite stressful. To avoid those moments of hangry study and a diet solely of UberEats, meal prep is the key to keeping your body and bank account happy.
For some meal prep inspo that is both delicious, nutritious and student budget friendly, check out: Or if you’re on campus and have completely forgotten to bring said prepared meal, Fisher and Footbridge have fresh, affordable meals from the USU2U range. Made daily by our chefs, they’re perfect for lunch or dinner and can be heated up in-store.

3. Press Play



There are two types of people when it comes to study:
  1. Those who love ABSOLUTE SILENCE (I’m talking ASMR quiet) and
  2. The ones who love a good playlist to keep them either awake or focused during study.
If you’re part of the latter group, then check out our Study Mix on Spotify. It’s the ultimate playlist curated specially to maximise your focus and attention when smashing out notes or writing essays.

4. Sweet, sweet caffeine



For some people coffee is the key to an effective study sesh, so to save some $$$ on your daily caffeine ALL USU Members can enjoy $3 regular coffee from Carslaw and Fisher until December 12th.

To get your coffee discount, open the USU App and redeem the coffee promo then when you order simply scan the voucher. Best part is, there’s no limit on how many times you redeem it, so make the most of those $3 coffees all exam period!

5. Use ALL the resources



Studying this year has been far from the ordinary, so if you’re struggling and need some extra help or study resources, USYD Library has put together the mother-of -all exam programs.
Check out Exam Ready for online study groups, meditation sessions and a super cute online message board where you can share messages of positivity to other students.

So, take a deep breath and don’t worry. YOU GOT THIS.