Below are some housekeeping rules to keep you in line and focused for
the inevitable…exam time! Stick to these tips early on in the semester
for optimal learning and to save you from melt down in the lead up
to exams.Hint: if your exam is this week or next week, this
section may not entirely be applicable, so you need to grab your study
tips and spring in to action.
- Suss out your course
outlines for as much information as possible about tests and exams -
sometimes you don’t get specific dates, but you can at least find out
when the exam block falls or what percentage you exams account for -
every detail counts in both preparing your mind and motivating you.
exam dates in your diary/calendar/mobile phone/computer/facebook events
and anywhere else that will assist you in managing your time, which is
half the battle in coping with exam pressure.
- Scope the details
of the exam such as duration, structure, and examinable content, and of
course, pay attention to tips given in tutorials and lectures
throughout the course.
- Plan intermediate revision time where
you look over class notes and course materials to boost your memory
along the way instead of relying on your short-term memory bank to
grasp it all at the end.
- Review study tasks and tests/exams
that you have completed throughout the course, especially those
questions that you did not do so well on.
- Ask the
professor/tutor for help when you don’t understand something. It’s
better to work it out earlier so that you can fully understand well
before exam time
- Practice various question types such as
multiple choice, short answer, long answer, essays and so on. It never
hurts to time yourself as per exam conditions. It’s a good habit to
get in to so that you learn to answer succinctly and quickly - remember
that its quality not quantity!
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