April 04, 2016

Moving past “the moment”: avoiding cheating during exams

Ever have your mind go completely blank while writing a test? You are not alone. Unfortunately, this is often when panic hits and cheating becomes very tempting. Deb Eerkes with Student Conduct and Accountability shares advice for moving beyond that moment as she discusses cheating during exams. 

You've read all the tips on this blog about smart studying, time management, and exam strategies (if not, take a look!), and you still might experience “the moment”. You know the moment I’m talking about. You have your exam paper and pencil ready, name and ID number dutifully printed on the front, opened to the first page and your mind has gone completely blank. It is one of the more terrifying moments of your university career — especially when you know you studied and there’s no good reason not to remember the material. You watch the clock ticking away what precious time you have left, and you start to panic. 

Taking care of you: handling test anxiety

Handling anxiety can often be a daunting task. Keanna Krawiec, dean of students communications coordinator and recent alumni, shares U of A Counselling and Clinical Services strategies for dealing with test anxiety.

For anyone who has ever written a test or exam, the feeling of stress and anxiety can be all too familiar. For many, it can enhance our motivation to study and our test taking ability, but what happens when that anxiety reaches a level that is actually detrimental to performance? This sense of panic, despite being well-prepared for the exam, is often called test anxiety.

There are a number of strategies for reducing test anxiety — and stress in general — ideally, helping you perform better on your exams. 

Taking care of you: essential tips for exam season

Exam season is a difficult time for many students. Health and Wellness Services shares their advice to help you prepare for this time of year.

Final exams are just around the corner, and we know it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. We've rounded up some tips to help to alleviate some of that stress and help you have a successful exam season.