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I’m Kirsten, a law student who loves writing, making spreadsheets and consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine.
I love writing about student issues and current events.

It is that time of the year again. Semester tests are in full swing, assignments are due and exams are fast approaching. All of those missed classes and nights out will probably be felt very soon – if they have not already. All of this means one thing – it is time to save the semester.

Go to class

Every student has probably heard this piece of advice a million times before and for good reason too. Attending class can help you better understand the work. Professors also tend to give a lot of information in lectures which can be very helpful during tests and exams. This can include summarising the work during the lecture, telling you how to study for the module, giving tips about the test content, and telling you which work you will not be assessed on. 

Buy notes 

Finding good, reliable notes can be a great and time-effective way to help you study. Summarising content yourself is a good way to study, but it is not always possible when you are working against the clock. When looking for notes, keep in mind that not all summaries are made equal. Ask other students in your module for recommendations, use your textbook to fact-check summary content and refer to your study guide to ensure that all of the content is included.

Set a schedule 

Seeing your test timetable can feel incredibly overwhelming. Breaking everything down that you need to do every day can help you keep up to date with everything that you need to get done. and Moreover, having a detailed and clear plan can make you feel less overwhelmed.

Do past papers

Doing past papers can help you understand how you are meant to answer questions and know what to expect in your future assessments. Luckily for most students, many lecturers typically do not feel the need to set new questions every year.

Location, location, location

Like property, when studying, location is everything. Each student has different preferences in terms of where they study best. If you need a quiet environment, the library is a great place to study. If you work best in fresh air, there are many great spots to work. These include the maths garden, Aula and the grass outside of the Economics building. If you work best in a group, make the most out of the discussion rooms in the library or go to one of the many coffee shops on campus. No matter your preference, there is a place for everyone. 

Divide and conquer 

In the words of the great Professor Maimela, “We are a team!” Take advantage of the friends you have in your course. You can divide the work amongst each other and split note-making responsibilities. If you do not understand a certain topic, your friends can explain it to you. And vice versa, explaining work to someone else can help you better understand it, as well. Your friends can also help motivate you and help you cope with all of the stresses that come with varsity academics.

Develop some healthy coping mechanisms

Saving the semester can be really stressful, so it is essential that you find some ways to help yourself cope. Exercise is a great and healthy way to relieve some stress. Writing in a journal, listening to music and meditation are all also other great ways to help keep the stress at bay.