Easy Exam Preparation
They say that the pain of childbirth is wiped away the minute you hold your newborn baby in your arms but what about the pain of exams?! Not only do you have to spend weeks getting ready for them and sweat through hours of actually taking them, but when they’re all over you have to go home without even knowing your results! Don’t let the panic of the exam period get the better of you though, get ready in advance, keep a clear head on the day and no doubt you’ll be one step closer to graduating with honours.
Preparing for ExamsThe most important part of preparing for an exam is studying the correct subjects. Look back over the topics you learned about during lectures, review your assigned readings and essays and practice answering past exam papers. Once you know what to study, concentrate on how you study. Remember:
- To wear loose, comfortable clothes while you study.
- To study in a well lit, quiet and cool room.
- To eat before studying so you aren’t distracted by cravings or rumblings.
- To turn off the television, radio and Internet while you study.
- To study a little bit every night to avoid cramming the night before the exam.
- To predict and answer questions that may come up on the exam.
- To devise and answer different types of questions, including; multiple choice, true or false, fill in the blank, matching, translations, short paragraphs, essays.
- To study with a partner or group – if you won’t distract each other.
- To employ a tutor if you need a little extra help.
- To make a final, one page “review sheet” that you can study in your final moments before the exam. Just make sure you discard it properly so no one can accuse you of cheating!
Taking ExamsStart your exam calmly by preparing for it from the moment you wake up that day. Be sure to arrive at your exam:
- Well rested.
- Having had a filling breakfast or lunch.
- With all materials you will need, including; pencils, pens, reading glasses, calculators, maths kit, exam card/number/registration materials, student number and student card, if required and photo identification, if required.
- Put your name and other identification information on your exam/answer sheet.
- Read the directions to all sections.
- Make a brief plan about how you will divide your time between sections.
- Outline an answer to every paragraph or essay question.
- Take a few deep breaths every time you feel nervous or panicked.
- Keep rest breaks just short enough to recharge and move on.