Exam Survival Hints
- Be prepared.
The most important factor in exam success is preparation. Bar none.
No matter how many helpful hints you employ nothing works as well as
making sure you've studied enough.
- Do your
homework. Often an exam question will parallel a homework assignment.
Doing your homework regularly will give your practice where you need
regularly. If you spend a few minutes each week reviewing your notes,
your final studying will be a review, not an attempt to learn the entire
your weakest subjects first. Why? You'll be fresher and therefore better
able to deal with difficult areas, and you'll have more time to deal
with any problems that arise.
for help. If you're having trouble with a particular subject, don't
be afraid to ask for help. Your teacher and fellow students will be
glad to give you a hand.
at old exams. Review exams and quizzes that you took during the semester.
end of the semester classes. A lot of valuable information is outlined
in the last few classes for the semester. Points of misunderstanding
can be cleared up, exam format explained, and potential exam questions
in a group. However, make sure the review doesn't take the place of
your own study time. Brainstorm possible test questions with your classmates,
compare notes and test each other on the material.
study too long. A 10-hour study marathon will only wear you out. You'll
learn more if your study periods are short, frequent and include regular
well and get a good night's sleep. Take care of yourself during exam
week - you're going through a lot of stress. Make sure you hold up well.
first instinct is usually correct; don't change your answers unless
you are sure you made a mistake.
is nothing more frustrating than knowing the material but losing marks
because you did not follow the directions.
things in perspective. Although exams are important, they're not a matter
of life or death.
your strongest points first to make an immediate impact. You want to
convince your professor right off the bat that your answer is worth
a high mark.
- If your
workload seems overwhelming, don't get discouraged. Take the most important
task that's haunting you and start in on it.
wishes for a successful end of the semester!