How To Get Through Hell Month

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As many of you may know, the end of spring break brings a time high school students throughout America dread all year. While many students have been preparing for this all year, when the time finally comes no one feels ready. All of a sudden, the world is imploding and every weekend is filled to the brim with tutoring, study groups, and books. If you are struggling with finding the motivation to start studying and getting ready for the day your final exam arrives, here are some tips to help you make it to that day.

1. The only way out is through.

Everyone hopes for a magic formula that will quickly get you ready for the BIG day, but, unfortunately, no such thing exists. The only way to get to the day of your AP/IB/final exam and feel somewhat good about it is by studying and working hard. Procrastinating until the last couple days and cramming any and all information in your head won’t help you. There comes a point in April where you just have to decide it’s timestart studying.

2. You’ll never feel ready.

Even though you may prepare and study and work your butt off all of April, on the actual day of the exam you will most likely feel extremely nervous and unsure about the test. The only thing you can tell yourself is that you know all the information, you’ve practiced, and there is nothing left for you to do except ace that exam.

3. Manage your schedule wisely.

Don’t try to dedicate every waking moment before exam day to studying. Be sure to know to take a break sometimes and enjoy yourself. A lot of the time you are stretching yourself too thin and just need to stop and BREATHE. Especially if you have multiple exams to study for, remember that time management is your best friend. On the other hand, don’t leave your academics for later and focus too much on de-stressing. Find a balance that works for you and don’t take the time you have for granted.

All in all, you’ll be fine. Don’t worry too much. This is only one month of your life. Even if you do poorly, life will not be over. Life goes on to bigger, better and more important things.


Good luck during exam season!