“What will I do if I forget everything I learned?” “Will that be on the exam?” “I’m so nervous I could die!”
These are the questions and concerns likely going through a lot of minds as the pressure of exams draws closer. Don’t fret! We here at the Owl Post have made our rounds to get you the best advice! The advice being brought to you is from Professors, students, and even a few graduated students alike. They have all offered their very best tips, tools, and other advice to pass your Exams or even your OWLs and NEWTs!
Fifth year Ravenclaw Essa Nazari has been through exams a few times. She’s offered the advice for the younger students, “Get plenty of rest, remember to breathe, and don’t second guess yourself on things you know. 1+1 doesn’t suddenly become 5. Take a break sometimes too.” However, younger years aren’t the only ones being thrown into an exam experience they haven’t had before. OWLs and NEWTs are important too! Fifth years and Seventh years are in for a ride of their lives this year as they enter into exams that will determine the rest of their lives. How should they prepare? We asked someone who’s already been through the fifth year OWLs, our very own Editor Persephone Vitrac “Don’t stress yourself out. Take time to study, take time for breaks, take time for considering setting your exams on fire and settling for a job at the 3B’s. But then, remember you know this, you can do this, and proceed to nail your exams.” I’m not sure how effective setting your exam will be, so maybe not consider that… At least at the Three Broomsticks you could see the castle on a daily basis! I suppose that would be good for those who get homesick for our true home! Reaching out further we asked some of the graduates to put in their two cents. Adam Fletcher, past head boy, had this to say! “If in doubt, just wing it. Who needs revision? Not this graduate.”… Well, I guess that’s easy to say when you’ve graduated!
From the current Head girl, who’s about to face her NEWT exams, here’s what she had to say on the matter. “Study, but not to the point you drive yourself, and those around you, crazy. If you find yourself stressing so much you change things about you then you are stressing to hard. Relax, breath. Understand that no one will ever be good at and know everything.” She makes things look so easy… if she has faith in us, shouldn’t we have faith in ourselves?!?
We sent an owl to Professor Owsley-Green to find out what she advises, being a Head of House and all. “OWLs and NEWTs are just another exam. Don’t let the pressure of the future interfere with your success and always remember… you know this!” It’s clear the Ravenclaws should be comforted this year by their Head of House. What are the other Heads suggesting students do? Professor Waldgrave teaches Mythology as well as keeps the Slytherins in check. His advice was rather simple “I highly recommend group study. Even having just one more person studying with you can give you feedback and keep you on track, specially for our first years who are new to this sort of testing or those older students who are easily distracted. For my class, Mythology 5-7, we will be reviewing in class as much of the information we went through during the year until exam week.” Gryffindor Head of House and History of Magic professor, Professor Digby said “Do not carry your previous burdens with you. One must never be disheartened by previous defeats, while remaining humble in light of previous victories. If one determines their outcomes before they have entered the field, then they will most assuredly misjudge the coming trials.” Other professors have sent this Jr. Editor some advice to relay, here we go!
“Don’t get so wrapped up in studying and exams that you forget to take care of yourself. Studying is well and good but if you end up spending your exam session too busy thinking about food to focus on your work, it will do little to help you.” – Musibella Ramotswe (Homemaking Magic Professor and Former Hufflepuff)
“Relax and know that your exams are not the end. They are the beginning and you may find as you come closer to the time when you will be entering the wizarding world at large that all your well-laid plans may also change. Each of you is still maturing. Life is not static. It is forever in motion and the choices that you make will play a part in each of your lives.” – James Rourke (Alchemy Professor and Former Gryffindor)
“My best advice I can give the students here, is just try to do your best… Exams are hard and stressful so make sure that you are getting enough rest, food, and water especially if you’re pulling late night study sessions. Also, don’t come crying to the healers about a stomach ache, we will give some mint and send you right back to your test!” – Kassandra Alruna (Healer and Former Ravenclaw)
“Eat well. Sleep. Go for walks without anything to study. Take showers and clean yourself. If you do not feel right your brain will not work right. Do not study all the time but do fun things with your friends to give your brain downtime. It makes a difference” – Arianna Dracheblume (Herbology Professor, Former Pukwudgie of Ilvermorny)
“Drink water and sit outside to clear your mind before you take a test.” – Chase Eastwood (Dragonology Professor and Former Thunderbird of Ilvermorny)
There you have it folks! Advice straight from the horse’s mouth… or… mouths? Either way, you’ve got your advice, now let’s all go out and PASS THOSE EXAMS!