For some people, exam time means two things: procrastinating and, eventually, actually studying. The problem with binge watching your favourite series before hitting the books means that you’re at risk of developing the most devastating of all emotions: pre-exam panic. We take you through the various stages of studying done too late, in the age of Netflix classics like Stranger Things.
You look at your exam schedule and realise that it is getting far too late in the game to fill your head with all the information required. Three days of studying furiously just isn’t enough to fit a whole year’s worth of knowledge into your head. You wish you had a studying superpower, but not even skills the calibre of Eleven’s will save you now. The only chance you have is to ride your circa-1983 vintage fixie as fast as you can into Study Town.
Much like poor Will, you almost disappear off the face of the earth, into a study cave so dark and full of despair it feels much like a parallel universe. You try to ignore everything but your textbooks and lecture slides, and frantically try to create some semblance of legible study notes. Fuelled by a combination of determination, adrenaline and comfort food (Eggo waffles, anyone?), you dive into the study zone head first, and start to navigate the vast expanse of material in front of you.
Your relationship with studying has been just like Nancy’s relationship with Barb – full of neglect.
Studying (and, let’s face it, Barb) deserved better, and your disregard of this vital relationship hits you hard. You wish you could turn back time to three weeks ago when exams seemed so far off, and tell your past self that is in fact important to get your study on. But alas, the only thing you can do from here on in is vow to make better decisions (avoiding swimming pools alone at night being a good start) and hit those books harder than ever.
The looming exam is starting to feel like a slimy shapeless monster with a thirst for blood closing in on you. The exam is getting so close, and yet freedom from this predator just seems so far away. Stress is at axe-wielding-Joyce-Byers-level, you’re struggling to sleep and your stomach feels like it has slug-like creatures inside just trying to escape.
You try to do anything and everything you can to make the information stick – doing past exam after past exam, creating posters and study cards, reciting information out loud, highlighting each and every line of the textbook. Getting all this info into your head is starting to look just like the fate of the good citizens of Hawkins, Indiana – pretty hopeless.
Last minute studying is always made a bit easier with a little help from your friends, and this might be the time to give your personal Dungeons & Dragons crew the call up. You share everything you have in the hopes of getting some A-grade exam notes back. Your squad delivers the goods, but like Hopper’s investigative techniques, it might be too little too late.
The Final Showdown
This is it, the day you have been dreading. Exam Day is finally here.
Much like taking on the monsters in the Upside Down, this is the time where you have to give everything you have to succeed. You do the best you can, but it doesn’t look like you’re in for a happy ending. You read the questions, but your mind is just blank – where did all that information go? The notes you quickly cobbled together just aren’t as helpful as you’d hoped, and you didn’t have time to review all of the resources. You now have a nervous wait until results come out, to see whether your academic career will continue on to a second season.
Want to avoid this uncertain fate? Don’t leave hitting the books too late, and try your hand at some of our tips for study success.
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