The chemical board exams are here! And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably freaking out a little bit. I mean, these exams are basically make-or-break for our careers. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back as well as ARC. I aced my ChE boards, and I’m here to tell you that it is more than possible for you to do the same. Just follow my simple study tips and you’ll be on your way to success!
1) Make a Study Plan
This one might seem obvious, but it’s essential to have a game plan going into your studying. Figure out what topics you need to review and make a schedule for yourself. blocking out time each day for studying will help you stay on track and make the most of your time.
2) Get a Good Night’s Sleep
It might be tempting to pull all-nighters to cram for the exam, but trust me, it’s not worth it. You’ll be so exhausted that you won’t be able to focus or retain any information. Do your best to stick to a regular sleep schedule in the weeks leading up to the exam. Being sleepy during the chemical engineering boards because of your late-night review will not help you focus, so start adjusting your sleep schedule today.
3) Take Practice Tests
One of the best ways to prepare for the exam is by taking practice tests. This will give you a better idea of what topics you need to focus on and which ones you already know inside and out. Plus, taking practice tests under timed conditions will help ensure that you’re prepared for the pressure of the testing day. Complement this with the ARC App, as it has always been updated regularly to include new questions from the chemical engineering boards.
4) Reach Out to Your Support Network
Studying for the boards can be tough, both mentally and emotionally. Remember that you don’t have to go through it alone! Talk to your friends and family members for support and advice—they’ll be more than happy to help you out. In addition, consider joining a study group so you can bounce ideas off of other students who are going through the same thing as you. ARC Lecturers are pretty compassionate too, just schedule or chat with them over Facebook or Viber to help you go through your struggles, or simply clear up a topic.
Last but not least, try not to stress too much about the exam by doing enjoyable things for yourself. Yes, it’s important, but if you don’t do as well as you want, it’s not the end of the world. Relax, take a deep breath, and do your best—that’s all anyone can ask of you! After all, this is the only time you have before working, so better enjoy the last months of freedom before you engage in the real life of a full-fledged Chemical Engineer!
The Chemical Engineering board exams are coming up quickly, but don’t panic! Just follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to success. And remember—relax! You’ve got this!