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 2021. 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, the USU Food Truck is offering delicious and affordable meals from 11am every Monday to Thursday during STUVAC and the exam period (15 November until 2 December). 

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, and sometimes those coffee cravings hit later than expected. To keep you covered, Coffee at Fisher has increased it's opening hours during STUVAC and exams and will open from 7:30am to 7:00pm with all your drinks and food needs sorted.

Plus, to say thank you to our USU Members for protecting our campus community, all USU Members that have received their COVID vaccination can enjoy a free coffee* from any USU outlet. We've loaded a free coffee voucher onto your USU App, so to redeem simply head to a USU outlet and show the coffee voucher and your proof of vaccination to our staff. 

*Offer of 1 x regular coffee open to all USU Members until March 2022. 

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.