How to Improve Your Performance on a Written Exam

“In life, you take the exam first before you learn but in college you learn first before taking the exam.”

There are two primary skills that you need to practice and learn about namely –

  1. Time management
  2. Deduction

Time Management

When you are taking a written exam, the first thing you need to do is to allocate an enough time for you to complete the total items of the exam. This is what proper time management is all about. If you don’t allocate enough time for each of the item, you wouldn’t have enough time to think. The best things that you can do include –

Sort out the Exam Questions

There are three categories by which you can divide the sets of questions during an exam but even though this takes time the end result is usually worth it. The three categories include –

  • Questions you know well (easy questions)
  • Questions you know better (moderately hard)
  • Questions you know nothing about (hard questions)

If you go through the examination items, answer the easy questions first since they usually don’t take too much time followed by the moderately hard questions. More importantly, allot more time on the hard questions since they would usually take time to answer.

Do not leave any items blank especially on items that you know nothing about. Sometimes, the best guess is the best answer rather than leaving the space blank.


The power of deduction is usually related to answering questions especially in the moderately hard and hard questions. By using this skill, you will be able to arrive at an answer that most people would call “educated guess.” Deduction merely takes off two erroneous answers basing on factors.

Chicken or Beef Tacos

The budget of a college student is stereotypically small for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck eating ramen noodles and Kraft Mac N Cheese.


  • Chicken Tacos: 1 lb chicken* cooked
  • Beef Tacos: 1 lb ground beef cooked
  • Taco shells or tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. if you want

Tacos are one of my favorite meals because they’re hearty and delicious, but very cheap. If you want to go the extra mile, you can make your own tortillas. White Wings makes a tortilla mix that you just add water to – it’s very easy, just roll the dough, flatten it and pan fry.

*What kind of chicken? Light or dark meat, bone in or out, it only matters for amount of prep. If you want to get bone-in chicken, you can boil it til it’s almost done and then peel the meat off. White meat shreds better than dark meat. I pan fry it with seasonings and butter or olive oil.

Bacon Alfredo


  • Pasta (anykind, I use shells)
  • Bacon
  • Alfredo sauce (you can make your own or buy premade)


  • Cook pasta
  • Cook bacon
  • Pour alfredo sauce over pasta and add bacon

Enchilada casserole


  • Tortillas
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Old El Paso enchilada sauce
  • Cheese of your preference, I use Colby Jack


  • Brown ground beef
  • Mix enchilada sauce, ground beef and cheese
  • Alternate layers of tortillas and beef/cheese/sauce mixture
  • Pour cheese on top
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes

Tater tot casserole


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cans of mushroom soup
  • 1 bag of frozen tater tots
  • shredded cheese of your preference, I use Colby Jack
  • French Fried Onions


  • Brown ground beef
  • Under cook tater tots, you want them to be partially cooked
  • Mix mushroom soup, beef, tater tots and cheese in 13×9 inch pan
  • Add cheese and French Fried Onions to the top
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes

Fettucini alfredo


  • Fettucini noodles
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Cook pasta.
  • In pan, melt cream cheese, milk and butter.
  • Once creamy, add parmesan cheese.
  • Pour alfredo sauce over pasta and serve.

Easy Penne Casserole

Months ago I promised a few of my cheap recipes, but I never actually got around to posting any. So I’m starting. Here’s my penne pasta casserole. It costs a few dollars to make and feeds me and my boyfriend twice.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bag of penne pasta
  • spaghetti sauce (I use Prego)
  • cheese


  • Boil the pasta until it is almost cooked. You want it just a little undercooked, where it’s soft, but not quite done.
  • Brown the ground beef. Again, don’t completely cook. You don’t want it to be red, a little pink is okay.
  • Pour pasta, ground beef and spaghetti sauce into big dish.
  • Sprinkle cheese on the top. If you want it extra cheesy, put cheese throughout as well.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Note: This “recipe” doesn’t count on exact amounts. Pasta, beef, sauce and cheese all depends on your liking. We like a lot of meat and cheese. Some people like more pasta. You can’t really mess this up. Also, you can substitute the pasta for another kind if you’d like. Macaroni noodles work fine.

Eating on a college student’s budget

Living on a tight budget means cutting back on a lot of things and food is high up on the list. It’s hard to be creative when trying to eat on a few dollars per meal. Ramen noodles get tiring. I’m by no means a great cook, but I do all right. For me and my boyfriend, we have a budget of $300 for food each month, which averages out to about $5 a day for each of us. And because we eat really cheap food (Ramen noodles, that cup of soup stuff, etc.) for lunch, it helps average out when we want nicer meals. Our local H-E-B Plus grocery store is very helpful with coupons. It seems as if there’s a coupon on half the items you see, including what they call meal deals, where if you buy the main thing, usually the meat, you get all the extras free (ketchup, buns, pickles, etc. if it was for hot dogs) and those are great.

One of my suggestions is to always use coupons. Also, make a list before you go to the store of necessary items for the week and stick to it. This is our biggest problem. I have a list, but we definitely don’t stick to it. I’m also starting to make a list of meals for the week. We really only plan a meal for dinner because lunch is usually Ramen or a PB&J.

Cheap Dinner Ideas

  • hot dogs/chili dogs
  • spaghetti
  • baked fish (we live by the coast so seafood is way cheap)
  • frozen pizza
  • store brand TV dinners
  • frozen stir-fry
  • nachos
  • hamburgers
  • jambalaya or dirty rice (ground meat is cheap, we get sausage on sale)
  • tacos (ground beef or chicken are cheaper than steak)
  • grilled cheese
  • quesadillas
  • if you find porkchops on sale, add mushroom soup
  • macaroni and hot dog wieners
  • frito pie
  • Spaghetti-o’s or other Chef Boy-R-D canned foods
  • homemade stroganoff (I will post my recipe at some point, but you can find them online)

I’m trying to come up with more ideas, but being creative on a budget is tough. I’ve been searching for other websites that have helpful tips, but I haven’t come across very many good ones. I’m currently working on some inexpensive recipes to better food than frito pie and hot dogs.