One week from tomorrow I will begin the written portion of my comprehensive/candidacy exams. Whether it be final preparation, tips to help with the anxiety of its approach, or self-care #twitterstorians and #phdchat what is your best advice for how I should approach this week?

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  • @AJMcGee21 2- Not sure if your written exam is one session or if you have multiple days to write it; if the latter, go ahead & buy or prep yummy meals to reheat so that you don't have to worry about finding snacks or meals as long as you're writing. Good luck! I guarantee you've got this!!

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  • @AJMcGee21 Healthy snacks 😉And if you are writing on campus take a noise machine to mask distracting office talk that seeps through walls. Battery operated works well. It helped me a lot. Best of luck to you!

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  • @AJMcGee21 Get as much sleep as you can. You'll remember more and articulate answers better if you are rested

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  • @AJMcGee21 Stop reading books at this point. Your brain is overcapacity as it is. You’re not gonna be able to remember anything more between that and the stress. Just review any notes you have. And if you have time between written and oral comps, don’t do anything. No review. Nothing.

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  • @AJMcGee21 I was there at this time last year. I wish I had prepped using practice questions more. I know others who wished they had spent more time reviewing notes. But I took 2 nights off to rest and relax before I wrote, and I think it paid off.

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  • @AJMcGee21 Write out a list of questions you would ask if you were setting the exam. Make sure you can answer them. Then spend the 3 days before the exam reading popular fiction.

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