The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and summer is almost here. It’s the final stretch before you can kick and relax before the next academic year begins. The only thing standing between you and long summer days is a pile of revision and an exam timetable that’s looming scarily close.
Exam season is definitely one of the most stressful times of the year. After working so hard for the last few terms, you suddenly realise you don’t actually remember anything from a couple of months ago – and all your friends are in the same position.
Even the people you thought you knew best are suddenly turning into illusive night-owls or panicked library dwellers. It’s not long until summer is here and everything returns to normal, but until then we’re here to fill your procrastination-ridden minds with the five types of international student found during exam time…
1) The over-prepared panicker
This type of international student panics about EVERYTHING. What if you’re asked a question about content your lecturer didn’t get round to teaching? What if the exam time changes without you being notified? What if your arm falls off on the way to the exam so you can’t write a single thing?
2) The ‘it’s not happening’ one
In direct contrast with the overprepared panicker, the ‘it’s not happening’ type is worryingly chill. Every time you talk to them, they assure you they’ve already learned everything – but considering they were out partying until 5am every day this week, you have major suspicions.
Exam stress can be overwhelming, especially when you have family pressures to graduate with a top grade in the hardest subjects, leading some students to ignore the reality of studying altogether.
A good way to help this kind of person is to get on their level. Tell them you’ve been finding it hard to revise yourself due to the pressure, and they will feel able to open up to you. You can then slowly work together and show them that exams are not too scary after all, rather than seeing them sink when results are released. Besides, a little white lie never hurt anyone.
3) The library dweller
You usually hang with them every day, but now you’ve not seen them for weeks. No, it’s not because you’ve fallen out, it’s just because they’re constantly studying.
This type of international student is the envy of every friendship group. They’re nailing the whole university thing and doing what needs to be done. You know they’re going to score a top grade – and they deserve it too.
If you want to check up on this type of friend, it could be a good idea to see them in the library and invite them out for lunch. This way, you can make sure they are eating and taking proper study breaks – and hey, maybe they’ll even inspire you to work harder, too!
4) The night owl
Kind of similar to the ‘it’s not happening’ student, this person seems to be doing no revision. Don’t worry though, little do you know they’re working away all night long while the rest of you are sleeping.
Everyone has different learning techniques but this student pushes it to the extreme. It might be well and good throughout the revision period, but the night owl could run into trouble when they have to wake up for an exam at a time when they would usually crash out.
5) The chill but prepared
This type of international student is the envy of everyone. They actually revised all year long, so were pretty well prepared for exam season by the time it came around. While most students are panicking about what they don’t know, this student is chilling – and they deserve it!
You want to keep this friend around when you’re tackling the tricker parts of the course. They can practice what they know by explaining it to you and you can grill them on everything you don’t understand.