Exams getting close?

Keep up the good work, and remember ….

  1. Continue to summarise your notes. Try to get the ‘final-points-I-must-remember’ down to one A4 sheet (or its equivalent in small cards). After all, by now, you know the rest of the material; you don’t need it written down in your summary sheets.
  2. Continue to work with your ‘study-buddy’. Consider revising a different topic each. Once you’ve completed your revision of your topic, teach it to your study-buddy. Ask them to do the same for you.
  3. Use past exam papers and the more challenging questions from your tutorial sheets to drive your revision. Text books can often offer worked examples that you might use too.
  4. Once you’ve answered a descriptive question (e.g. essay question), ask yourself, ‘How else might my lecturer have worded a question on this topic? Or ask, ‘In what other ways (in an exam setting) might my lecturer test my knowledge of this topic?’ Write an exam-style question from that perspective. Work with your study-buddy to answer that question.
  5. Once you’ve answered a numerical question that uses a formula, ask yourself, ‘If the equation were rearranged, what might the subject of the equation be and what information might I be given? How might such a question be worded?’ Perhaps ask, ‘In what other ways (in an exam setting) might my lecturer test my knowledge of this topic?’ Write an exam-style question from that perspective. Work with your study-buddy to answer that question.
  6. Plan your exam days: make sure you know where and when your exams are.
  7. For each course, make an Exam Time Management Plan:
    • how long is the exam;
    • at the start of the exam, how long do you want to read over the paper (10 minutes, say);
    • towards the end of the exam time, how long do you want to review your work (10 – 15 minutes, say);
    • how many questions do you need to answer;
    • are all questions equally weighted;
    • so how much time is available to answer each question
    • Hint: in your final revision, try answering exam-type questions in that time.
  8. Maintain a balance of work, rest and play.
  9. Continue to eat healthily: aim for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
  10. Maintain a good sleep routine.
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