My Exam is One or Two or Three Weeks AwayCongratulations on starting to study early! Here's what to do:
- Ask your instructor for an exam outline and what to expect on the exam
- Overview - review your notes and any assignments you had
- Big Ideas - review the course's main ideas
- Small Ideas - for each big idea review its sub-topics and supporting details
- Practice - use old exams to get a feel for the style of questions you might be asked
- Be realistic - no one can study for 8 hours a day
- Make sure you get plenty of food, sleep and relaxation
- Try to study in the same place at the same time every day
- At the beginning of each study period review the last thing you studied for 10 minutes
- Rewrite your notes - it can help you retain information
- Read your notes out loud
- If you don't complete a particular task, don't worry just carry it over to your next session
- Don't simply memorize facts - ask yourself broad open-ended questions about the material that's been covered
Night Before the Exam:
- Try to just review - don't try to learn anything new
- Picture yourself succeeding - One of the key elements for many world-class performers is visualization
Day of the Exam:
- Eat - don't skip the meal before your exam - not eating can result in tiredness and poor concentration.
- Arrive just a few minutes before your exam to avoid the usual wide-spread and contagious panic
In the Exam:
- Use a cheat sheet - Even if you're not allowed to:
Make a cheat sheet of the material you are certain will help; take it to the exam; throw it out before you sit down, then recopy it from memory, somewhere on the exam booklet, as soon as you can.
- Read all of the questions (except multiple choice) before beginning, and write notes on the paper for anything important that occurs to you as you read.
- If you're having a problem with one question move on and return to the problem question if you have time left at the end.
- Watch the clock