EXAM PREPARATION shouldn’t start just a few days before the exam. The best preparation involves reviewing throughout the semester and studying during the weeks leading up to the exam.
Organize your study space—try to reduce distractions and give yourself room to spread out your books and notes.
Study multiple topics in one sitting rather than getting bogged down on a single subject. Take regular study breaks.
Set-up a study group with non-distracting friends or classmates.
Find a quiet desk, set a timer, and take a practice exam under test-like conditions. This will help you with the stress and timing of writing an exam! (Your instructor may have a practice exam you can use.)
Think of some topics that you know a lot about. How did you develop this knowledge?
When has an exam left you feeling unprepared?
What material will be covered on the exam?
What steps can you take to better prepare for exams?
Your pre-exam review should be a continuation of the course work you’ve been doing throughout the semester.
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you stay calm and focus on your exam preparation.
Will the exam test higher- or lower-level thinking?
Basic knowledge and comprehension (choose, define, find, identify, label, list).
Which material do you know well and which material do you find difficult? Spend more time on what you find difficult.
Try these two effective learning strategies!
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