The most important thing any student can do to prepare for exam is to start early. The days of studying for an exam on the bus going to school are over. Even if you got A’s this way, it’s not going to work very often with college material. College courses require far more effort.
How to Prepare for Exams:
Preparing for exams can be difficult for a variety of reasons. These tips can help you be focus yourself while studying and during the exam:
Start preparing for the next test the day after you take the prior one. Daily preparation is crucial. At a minimum, review material once every week between exams.
- Get plenty of rest and eat healthy meals the days before your exam.
- Be positive. You studied thoroughly – you can do well on the exam.
How much time is needed? The classic question. Some recommend 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour of class time. In some cases homework problems will require this much effort. For a straightforward lecture course try the following:
- Attend every lecture. Seems simple but it’s the biggest mistake students make.
- Take good notes. Learn how.
- Spend another 20-30 minutes after class going over the notes.
- Use this time to get any confusing points cleared up in your head; much better now than later. This will make later exam prep. much easier.
- Once a week, review the material to get a more complete overview of the information.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
- How long is the test? How much time will I have to complete the test?
- How many questions are there?
- What is the point value of each question?
- Do I need to split my time between multiple choice and essay answers?
Successful Test-Taking Strategies:
- Answer the questions you know first.
- Answer the rest of the questions making sure the exam is complete before you turn it in.
- Reread your answers carefully.
- Learn from your incorrect answers. If your exam is returned to you for you to keep, review your incorrect answers and study those concepts in more detail.