Exam Pro Tips

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Exam week is just around the corner , and unless you want to struggle with sleepless nights and needless cramming, you’ll need a great game plan on how you’re going to ace those exams.

We’ve prepared top pro exam tips for you straight from experienced university students.

Starting with the first day of classes, managing your time, learning and studying effectively, and avoiding procrastination can go a long way when preparing to ace your final exams.

Don't cram

Staying up all night to cram will only stress you out. It's better to just review what you've already studied and get an early night. That way you'll be as refreshed as you can be on the day of your exam.

If you want to do some preparation the night before, keep it simple:

  • Get all your materials together.

  • Read over your notes.

  • Test yourself on key concepts.

  • Set your alarm.

Review your notes on a regular basis.

When reviewing your lecture notes, it’s extremely beneficial to review the corresponding chapters in your textbook as well. Highlight or emphasize what is mentioned in both the class notes and the textbook. Using both the notes and the textbook will help you to gain a better understanding of the topics.

Find a good time and place to study.

Everyone operates different, but finding a good time and place to study for your final exam that is free of distractions is very important. Creating a study schedule may be extremely beneficial as well.

 Although studying for final exams can be overwhelming and stressful, it doesn’t have to be. Managing your time and planning out how to effectively study in ways that work best for you can and go a long way, and will eventually show through come time to take (and conquer) your finals exams.

Find out about the exam

Know your enemy – find out as much as you can about the exam. Questions to ask include:

  • How much is the exam worth to your overall mark in the subject?

  • What type of exam is it (for example, multiple choice, essay, open book, take-home)?

  • Will there be a choice of questions or tasks?

  • How much will each question or task be worth?

Identify as many details about the final exam as you can.

The syllabus is a key factor in this. At the beginning of the semester it’s important to know whether or not the final exam will be cumulative. Also, the exam’s worth, length, content topics, and format are important to know when deciding what and how to study for the final exam.

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And you’re pretty much set, just remember to do your best and to be prepared, preparedness is paramount. Remember – these tips are only some of the things that you can do to get the most out of your exams. There might be other things that work even better for you.

Ask around – find out what your friends do for their exams – maybe some of their tricks will work for you as well.

Sources:

http://www.learningcommons.uoguelph.ca/guides/university_learning/accessibility/studying.html