It’s exam time: good luck to you all!

We know that exam period can be a tough one, stressful and nerve-wracking, but it can also be an opportunity for you to show everything you have learned during these last weeks. The most common barrier to success is a lack of useful techniques for study and exam preparation. As this is a problem which affects almost everyone, here are some suggestions to increase your effectiveness when preparing for your exams: 

Good luck to you all! Don’t stress, stay positive!

• A place with a lot of distractions is not an ideal study area. The quiet areas in the library or a study hall are good places where you can concentrate. Thankfully, during exam period our library at CEU is open 24 hours; giving you the opportunity to study as long as you need, whenever you need to.

Being in the right mindset is essential for efficient studying. Most of us consider studying a necessary task – not an opportunity to expand our knowledge. However, it is important to think positively when you study and to avoid catastrophic thinking and comparing yourself with your fellow classmates.

Keeping your desk organized is another important factor of successful studying: bring everything you need, but nothing you do not need and try to use your computer or smart phones only when it is really necessary. They are a powerful distraction and taking notes by paper and pen has been proven to help one retain more information plus a better understanding.

• Last but not least: taking breaks and rewards help you reinforce what you are doing. Studying can be exhausting as well as overwhelming. Dividing your study time into segments and taking breaks in between makes studying a lot more efficient and enjoyable.

A group of CEU students in our library (Alfara del Patriarca)

The key to effective studying is not spending hours and hours trying to learn everything by heart, but studying smarter. There are many effective ways to learn information – it is just a question of what works best for you. Our guidance service can help lead you to a successful exam period! If you put forth the effort to study effectively, the improved skills will soon become a habit and you will certainly receive great grades, a greater knowledge and self-esteem. Make the best of it! We are keeping our fingers crossed for you!

Nothing else for us to say but get down to the books, do your best and try to keep in mind a couple of tips that will help you cope with exam stress.

Remember that your Student ID is required to access the facilities and that it is not allowed to reserve seats. Food and drinks (except water) are not permitted in the library. Do not leave your personal belongings unattended, respect the preservation of our collections and try to maintain silence as much as possible.

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