For many people, exam time is the most stressful part of the academic year. With so much riding on the outcome, there can be a high degree of pressure to perform well. Here are some exam preparation tips to help you excel in the academy.
The earlier you start, the more time you will have to prepare for the exam. You don’t have to wait until exam time approaches; try to set the stage from the beginning of the course by reviewing the material after each class. By starting early and studying on a regular basis, you will have a better opportunity to absorb the information and life will be a lot easier when it’s time to put it all together for the exam.
TOP Exam-Preparation Tips
- Do All the Coursework – Ensure that before you start really studying for your exams
that you have all the readings, practice problems, and homework assignments
- Create Mnemonics – Mnemonics are devices that can help you memorize formulas,
key concepts, definitions, etc. A really basic example of a mnemonic is
“B.E.D.M.A.S.” which stands for “Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication,
Addition, and Subtraction”.
- Make Study Guides for Each Exam – Know what class content will be covered on
the exam and then go through the textbook, your class notes, and any other material
and write down any information that you think may be on the exam (including:
important concepts, definitions, and formulas). Reading and writing all of this
information will help you memorize it faster.
- Make Flash Cards – Making flash cards can be time consuming, but they are helpful
tools in remembering vocabulary, formulas, and key concepts. They are also easy to
carry around with you so you can review them anytime.
- Quiz Yourself – To ensure that you are prepared for your exam, make a mock exam to
test how well you know the material. Write down a list of keywords or questions and
make sure to leave room underneath each one. Then, pretend that you’re taking the
exam and write down as much as you can.
- Get Enough Sleep – Students who get a full night of sleep are more alert,
more focused and learn things easier than those who are sleep deprived. Especially
during the weeks preceding exams keep your sleep schedule as consistent as
- Set Exam Preparation Goals – Setting goals for yourself will help make sure that
you stay on track with your exam preparations (especially when you have more than
1 exam to study for). Be sure to print out your schedule for the weeks preceding
your exams and plan out when you are going to study! You’re more likely to be
productive if you have goals to achieve.
- Remember to Take Breaks – Studying for exams can be hard. You need to take
short breaks to allow your brain to process and retain the information. Be sure to
take short breaks, otherwise, it may be hard to go back to studying. When you begin
studying again, review the material you have already studied, then, move on to
- Don’t Just Study Alone – Studying with other people can be a great way to enhance
what you learn while studying on your own.