exam-prep-pictureDon’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute ‘cramming’, it is widely accepted that for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with:

Study Checklist

  • Have you identified the exam specifics (format of questions, time allowed, content to be tested)
  • Have you organized your textbook notes and lecture notes (sequenced, stapled, in piles or folders)
  • Have you integrated / cross-referenced your textbook notes with your class notes
  • Have you tried to draw diagrams or mind maps to explain difficult concepts
  • Have you determined if there is content that you need more help understanding
  • Have you tried to explain the content from your notes in your own words and out loud if possible
  • Have you practised solving the problem-type questions
  • Have you found sample questions (from other textbooks or websites) that could be asked on the exam
  • Have you tried making flash cards or using mnemonics, acronyms, analogies, etc. to recall content
  • Have you tried to teach someone else the material that you are studying
  • Have you constructed a practice exam for the content that will be studied
  • Have you determined when is your best time of day to study
  • Have you determined a good location for successful studying
  • Have you tried to review your textbook and lecture notes regularly


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